Prep roundup: Evergreen wrestlers place third at regional
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Evergreen had three regional champions and Heritage had four, but it was the Plainsmen who came away on top in the team standings at the Class 4A regional tournament Saturday at Central Kitsap High School.
Evergreen finished with 146 points to place third behind South Kitsap and Kelso. Heritage was fourth with 139½.
Leading the way for Evergreen were regional champions Michael Nguyen (103), Robert Clasey (189) and Tim Peraza (215). Clasey scored an 11-5 win over Battle Ground’s Dean Hancock in the title match.
Heritage’s champions were Austin Frazier (119), Cody Wood (125), Kyle Walker (140) and Dean Rogers (285).
Evergreen will send eight wreslters to next week’s state tournament in Tacoma.
Also qualifying were Petyon Zeller-Av (103), Mattew Nguyen (112) Jerret Canovas (112), Josh Knippel (140) and Cort Nutter (160).
Joining Heritage regional champions at state are teammates Durant Fish (135) and Kendrick Spiller (145).
Other local state qualifiers included Ethan Cobb of Mountain View (152); Nate McNicholas of Skyview (152); and Hancock, Miguel Simon (215) and Zane Shaut (285) of Battle Ground.
1A regional — La Center qualified seven wrestlers for the state tournament with three district champions.
Jake Johnson (135), Chris Mayolo (145), and Ryan Kulla (160) won their weight divisions for the Wildcats.
Also advancing to state for the Wildcats were Dustin Veysey (125), Patrick Mayolo (112), Tyler Roberson (130), and Gabe Bunker (145).
Stevenson’s Marcus Carter won the 215 division. Also advancing for Stevenson were district runner’s up Wade Huett (285), Kevin Jaco (125), Jacob Schneider (130), and Brody Pestana (171) and Dean Powell (140).
Girls regional — Madelynn McIlwain, Arin Vandiver and Chelssea Eakins all claimed regiongal titles as Washougal placed second in the team standings at the girls regional tournament in Tumwater.
McIlwain won the 112-pound division with a pin of Union’s Tiffany Hu in the championship match. Vandiver won the 140-pound division, while Eakins beat teammate Adrianah Antonetti to claim the 145-pound division.
Other local champions included Elise Yoshioka of Skyview (103) and Megan Pitner of Battle Ground (171).
Also qualifying for state were Chelsea Reynosa (112) and Mixtley Simon (189-plus) of Battle Ground, Kira Kelsey (119) of Union, Colleen Wright (125) and Megan Dunham (130) of Washougal, Anna Stauffer (135) of Skyview and Stephanie Simon of Evergreen (152).
Mountain View 70, Kelso 65 — A solid team effort helped the Thunder claim the No. 2 seed in the 4A Greater St. Helens League with the victory in the tiebreaker game.
The victory means Mountain View (12-8) won’t have to play its first district tournament game until Feb. 23.
Lucas Swanson scored 23 points and Andrew White 22 for the Thunder. Ryan Johnson added 13 points. Mountain View was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
As the No. 3 seed, Kelso (11-10) will host Heritage (3-17) in the first round on Wednesday.
Stevenson 88, Ilwaco 60 — The Bulldogs got the win, tied for a league championship, and will get the top seed to the district tournament based on a coin flip.
Andrew Olsen had 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and two Bulldogs had double-doubles for the co-champions of the Trico League.
Nick Gavenas had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and six steals, and Matt Rathgeber had 11 points and 11 assists for Stevenson. Matt Brown added nine points and nine boards.
Stevenson tied Castle Rock for the title, and the Bulldogs won a coin flip earlier for the top seed.