LINCOLN WINS LEAGUE TITLE, OTHER WRESTLERS ADVANCE
Led by its six individual champions, Lincoln piled up 362 points to run away with the team title at the Narrows League Wrestling Championships on Feb. 7-8 at Foss High School.
Sophomore Solomon Sok was the Abes’ first individual champion, claiming the 126-pound title with an 11-4 win over Shelton’s Gil Ramos. Fellow sophomore Marcus Wiley pinned Shelton’s Chase Salisbury early in the third round at 138 pounds, junior B.J. Hawthorne outlasted Foss’ Hien Ly by a score of 7-2 in the 182-pound final and senior Murad Vagabov won 9-6 over Shelton’s Hector Gaspar at 160 pounds. Two finals featured a clash of Abes teammates, as senior Keidrick O’Bannon won 14-3 over senior Ike Castro at 170 pounds and senior 195-pounder Aliyas Fletcher took a 16-5 win over junior teammate Jeremy Lukosh. In all, 17 Lincoln wrestlers finished in the top four in their respective brackets and will advance to the district tournament.
Foss sophomore Joey Wurtz claimed the title at 132 pounds, outlasting Lincoln’s Robert Mathews for a 4-3 win in the final. The Falcons advanced six other wrestlers to districts, including Ly and fellow runner-up Nick Burton, who fell 6-2 to Wilson senior Brant Powers in the 152-pound final. Powers will be joined by five other Ram teammates at the district tournament. Mount Tahoma senior Nehemiah Barr (285 pounds), junior Daniel Edison (195) and sophomore Garrett Owen-Bisson (145) fell short of qualifying for districts.
Bellarmine Prep qualified five wrestlers for districts in the 4A tournament, which was also held at Foss. Senior Hunter Taylor settled for second place at 170 pounds, falling in the finals to Yelm’s Bo Campbell. Sophomore Jed Klein was edged 3-2 by the Tornadoes’ James Page in the 106-pound final, and junior Elliott Villars (220) and sophomores Luke Yi (285) and Josiah Mayo (120) all claimed third place to advance to regionals.
The 4A wrestling regionals take place at Central Kitsap High School on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., while the 3A regionals are at Bonney Lake High School on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.
WILLERS LEADS STADIUM, CURTIS SWIMS TO DISTRICT TITLE
Stadium sophomore Noah Willers captured two individual titles at the 4A West Central District Swimming Championships on Feb. 7-8 at Curtis High School.
Willers started by narrowly beating Kentwood’s Brian Wright in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 1 minute and 47.25 seconds. He later won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4 minutes and 54.74 seconds, shaving over five seconds off of his mark in the preliminary round.
Stadium junior Kyle Marr advanced to state in the 100-yard freestyle after taking sixth place in 50.18 seconds, and teamed with Willers, Michael Marr and Sam Hoag to narrowly miss qualifying in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a seventh-place finish. Michael Marr, Nick Mahan, Nick Stauffer and Sean Macapinlac also took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay to be edged out of qualification, and Hoag took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Senior Brian Woodbury led Curtis to the district title as a team, winning the 200-yard individual medley in an All-American consideration time of 1 minute and 52.84 seconds, and later adding an Automatic All-American time of 49.69 seconds in winning the 100-yard backstroke. Woodbury teamed with Ryan St. John, Riley Hess and Eddie Na to lead off the meat with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. St. John added a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Na, freshman Sam Abbott and sophomores Troy Friedman and Garrett Friedman took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The 4A state swim meet takes place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, starting with prelims on Feb. 21 at 9:45 a.m. and finals on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.