Wrestling Roundup: AHS girls win three Tumwater titles

AHS girls at Tumwater

TUMWATER — Aberdeen captured three titles at the Tumwater Invitational girls tournament Saturday.

Bobcat 148-pounder Alex Wilson and 145-pounder Alexis Miranda pinned all three of their opponents in the round-robin tourney. Tayler Housden nabbed the 155-pound crown by going 2-0, with a bye.

Aberdeen’s Magen Haggerty was second at 145 pounds. Elizabeth Gomez placed second at 137.

The Bobcats hastily entered the Tumwater event when the Highline girls tourney was canceled due to snow.

“They did awesome,” Bobcat girls coach Tamar Yakovich said of her squad. “They’re all new except for two of them, but they’re getting their name out there.”

Aberdeen will enter the girls portion of the North Mason Invitational on Friday.

Down River Challenge

CATHLAMET — Combining for four titles and two special awards, Ocosta and Willapa Harbor placed second and third, respectively, in Wahkiakum’s Down River Challenge on Saturday.

Class 3A Kelso won the title with 171 points. Ocosta placed second with 123 and Willapa Harbor third with 109.

Ocosta’s Connor Maben received the tourney’s Outstanding Wrestler Award for the 106-145-pound classes. He pinned Tacoma Baptist’s Matty Carroll with 44 seconds remaining in the 120-pound final.

Willapa Harbor’s Hunter Borden, the 182-pound champion, received a similar honor for the 152-285-pound class. After surviving a tough semifinal test, Borden pinned Clatskanie’s Chris Puckett in the title match.

Ocosta’s Cole Rutzer and Willapa Harbor’s Matthew Boyes were the other two Twin Harbors champions.

Rutzer needed only 1:46 to pin teammate Kobe Christian in the 106-pound final. Boyes pinned Wahkiakum’s Tristan Mendez in the 195-pound title bout.

Willapa Harbor’s Nick Betrozoff dropped an overtime decision to Kelso’s Jacob Mirenta in the 126-pound final. Ocosta’s Brian Hart was second at 160 pounds, losing 8-6 to White Salmon’s Nathan Bell.

“Taking third was a good deal for us because we were missing some key guys,” Willapa Harbor assistant John Enslow said.

Other Twin Harbors placewinners:

113 — Sam Quinby (Ocosta), third. 120 — Brandon Johnson (Willapa Harbor), fourth. 138 — Noah Elder (Ocosta), third. 170 — Grant Camenzind (Willapa Harbor), third. 285 — Daniel Helman (Ocosta), fourth.

Mount Baker tourney

DEMING — Aberdeen’s Tristen Jimenez won the 145-pound title at the Mount Baker Invitational tournament on Saturday.

Jimenez dominated his weight, scoring three pins and a technical fall. He pinned Forks’ Jacob Contreras in only 45 seconds of the title match.

Aberdeen’s Erick Juarez finished fourth, while Jordon Logan (285), Kolby Shelton (152), Tavo Sanchez (170) and Erikk Machowek (138) each placed fifth.

“We’ve got things we need to work on,” Bobcat coach Chuck Veloni said. “But, for the most part, I’m proud of how they did.”

The Bobcats are entered in the North Mason Invitational on Saturday.

Hammerhead boys

SILVERDALE — Austin Carrell was the top Elma finisher in the Hammerhead Invitational boys tournament on Saturday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Carrell, who had injured an elbow in the semifinal, was pinned by a North Mason wrestler in the 220-pound final.

The Eagles produced a trio of third-place finishers in the two-day tourney. Tanner Sample, at 132 pounds, won by injury default over Franklin Pierce’s Austin Olson in the match to decide third and fourth places.

Elma 145-pounder Tyson Dick decisioned Nick Piwonka of Southridge, Ore., 6-2, in his division’s third-place match. Brek McGaughy, at 220 pounds, won a 6-3 decision over a Skyview wrestler.

Elma’s Austin Cristelli placed fifth at 152 pounds.

The only Class 1A team in the field, Elma took 10th in the team competition. Bonney Lake captured team honors.

Considering the tough competition, Eagle coach Jason Dick was happy with his team’s showing.

“The kids came out and battled,” Dick said. “They had a tough semifinal round but they battled back through the back door. The competition stepped up tenfold this year, it was awesome.”

The Eagles will compete in the Vashon Island Invitational on Saturday.

Hammerhead girls

SILVERDALE — Hoquiam placed fifth in the girls portion of the Hammerhead Invitational tourney Saturday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

While the Grizzlies did not produce a finalist, they had no fewer than seven wrestlers compete for third and fourth places.

Hoquiam’s Taylor Walker was third at 170 pounds. Mariah Nelle was third at 100.

Fourth-place finishes were recorded by Bree Hyder (106), Shiianna Anderson (112), Jenna Doll (145) and Karisa Selin (235).

Grizzly coach Alex White cited Hyder and Ericka Dubore for recording their first victories of the season.


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