PUYALLUP — Providing a finals punch at the end, Raymond used its depth to secure a regional wrestling team title during Saturday’s Region I 2B-1B boys wrestling tournament at Chief Leschi High School.
The Gulls finished with six wrestlers moving on to next week’s Mat Classic in Tacoma and three of them are regional champs — Grant Camenzind, at 145, Josh Camenzind, at 170, and Matthew Boyes, at 195.
Raymond outdistanced Wahkiakum, 143-124, for the regional team title. Ocosta took fourth, while North Beach grabbed ninth. South Bend and Willapa Valley scored points and gained wrestlers to the state tournament.
“Raymond did well, got guys through to the medals to score points and we couldn’t quite keep up with them today,” Ocosta head coach Kevin Goodrich said. “Overall, we’re happy. Team-score wise, we represented well.”
Ocosta’s Connor Maben (120) and Drew Angelus (132) won regional titles, with Nikko Conteras getting into the finals before losing to Boyes.
North Beach’s Daniel Fruh won the 285-pound title.
Region I 2B-1B Tournament
(Twin Harbors results only)
Team: Raymond 143, Wahkiakum 124, Darrington 114, Ocosta 103, Adna 93. 9. North Beach 58. 14. South Bend 13. 15. Willapa Valley 9. 17. Taholah o.
106 — 3. Austin Boyes (South Bend). 113 — 3. Nick Betrozoff (WV). 120 — 1. Connor Maybin (Oco) dec. Colton Anderson (Darr), 9-4. 132 — Champion: Drew Angelus (Oco) maj. dec. Luke Stacey (Wahk), 14-1. 138 — 2. Elijah Towery (NB). 145 — Champion: Grant Camenzind (Ray) def. Kyle Newshort (Conc), 6-4. 3. Shilo Borden (Ray). 160 — 2. Brian Hart (Oco). 170 — Champion: Josh Camenzind (Ray) def. Trystan Mendez (Wahk), 3:11. 182 — 2. Hunter Borden (Ray). 195 — Champion: Matthew Boyes (Ray) def. Nikko Contreras (Oco), 1:51. 220 — 3. George Crow (Ray). 285 — Champion: Daniel Fruh (NB) pinned William Ziemantz (LaConn), 2:58. 3. Daniel Helman (Oco).
TUMWATER — Aberdeen advanced two wrestlers but suffered one major casualty in the 2A regional at Tumwater on Saturday.
Aberdeen’s Jose Duran, at 170 pounds, and heavyweight Jordon Logan each placed fourth and advanced to the Mat Classic in Tacoma beginning Friday.
Bobcat heavyweight Jaime Miranda, rated as one of the state’s top three all-classification wrestlers in his division, stunningly failed to earn an automatic berth with a fifth-place finish. He’ll serve as a state alternate.
After splitting his first two matches, Duran pinned Fife’s Tanner Knapp in a winner-to-state match. He dropped a 5-2 decision to Chehalis’ Billy Tufts in the match to determine third and fourth places.
Logan clinched a state berth by pinning Tumwater’s Korye Trejo in a loser-out contest. He was then pinned by Fife’s Monike Failuga in the third-place contest.
Miranda was, in part, the victim of bad luck. He was bloodied by a clash of heads and dropped a 2-1 decision to Washington’s Devonn Hatcher in his opening match.
After winning his next match, he was forced to face the second-seeded Falluga in an elimination contest. Falluga, who had lost in double overtime to Centralia’s Alex Daarud in a previous match, pulled off an escape in the final 15 seconds to notch a 3-2 victory over Miranda.
“It was a heartbreaker,” Aberdeen coach Chuck Veloni said. “Jaime has worked really hard, above and beyond. He’s been my workhorse day in and day out all season long.”
SW Region Girls
BATTLE GROUND — Four Grays Harbor female wrestlers punched their ticket to the Mat Classic in Tacoma after Saturday’s Southwest Region tournament at Battle Ground.
Hoquiam’s Sam King was the lone regional champion, winning the 155-pound division with a win over teammate Taylor Walker in the finals. King took the decision, 7-1.
“Even though Lindsay Leonard didn’t make it to state, this was her first year wrestling and she finished her season well,” HHS head coach Alex White said. “As far as Sam and Taylor, I’d love to see them take 1-2 at state. They’ve overcome a lot of state-ranked wrestlers all season and I’d like to see them continue that.”
Montesano’s Rebecca Odegard took second in the 130 division, while Elma’s Alyx Marsh was fourth at 155.
“We’re looking forward to state,” Elma head coach Keri Toms said. “It was fun to watch everything at regional, because this is what we’re preparing for — the Mat Classic.”