The Union wrestling team on Saturday took another step toward its goal of a team title at Mat Classic, qualifying 11 wrestlers for the state tournament while winning a third consecutive regional tournament.
Eight Titans won individual regional championships as Union rolled to first place at the tournament at Inglemoor High School. The Titans scored 2351/2 points. Heritage took second place with 131 points.
Several of Saturday's championship matches were Greater St. Helens League showdowns.
Union's Daniel Rice defeated Evergreen's Ramon Ortiz for the second time this week, scoring a 3-1 victory in a match between two of the top-rated 126-pounders in the state.
At 132 pounds, the Titans' Junior Godinho edged Bryant Elliott from Camas 6-4 in the championship match. At 138, Union freshman Tommy Strassenberg beat Camas' Tye Lommasson 6-1. At 160, Union's Michael Snediker pinned Noah Shannon of Camas for the tile.
Union senior Jeremiah Reynolds worked overtime to beat Woodinville's Everett Bingisser 6-4.
At 195, Cody Gromes of Union pinned Aaron Ibanez of Bothell in the first round of the finals.
Another Union freshman, JJ Talavera, won the 120-pound title over Heritage's Karell Abdul Wahhab by injury default.
Evergreen's Austin Wright won a 2-1 victory over Battle Ground's Tyler Dady at 285 pounds.
For Heritage, Jordan Zuniga won the 106-pound title, and Tristan Bridges won at 220 pounds. The Timberwolves advanced seven wrestlers to state.
3A regional -- Mountain View, which advanced a tourney-best six wrestlers into the finals, piled up four individual regional crowns and easily won the team race with 204.5 points at the 3A regional at Skyline High in Sammamish.
The Thunder, which had the regional crown wrapped up before the finals, collected their second regional crown in a row after never winning one in 32 previous years. Mountain View coach Travis Chipman was named Region Coach of the Year.
"I think for me the leadership in our program has really helped," Chipman told the Seattle Times. "We'll have almost everyone returning next season."
Kelso took second in the team race with 151.5 points. Prairie was third at 131, Mercer Island fourth at 124 and Mount Si fifth at 83.
Winning individual titles for the Thunder were junior Branden Huft (106) and seniors Benjamin Dixon (113), Kenji Yamashita (138) and Nathan Spires (145).
2A regional -- Three local wrestlers earned titles at the 2A regional at Hockinson.
Trevor Newburn of Ridgefield captured the 106-pound division with a 6-3 win over Tyler Gale of Port Angeles. Teammate Grant Gaspar won a 120 pounds on an injury default in the finals.
Washougal's Tanner Baldwin won the 145-pound title with a 4-2 win over R.A. Long's Dustin Nading.
Also earning berths to state were Ridgefield's Aaron Canton (152), Lane Anderson (182) and Jordan Bauer (195). Also advancing was Jacob Brown of Washougal (220).
1A regional -- Woodland is sending seven to state, the most ever for the Beavers.
Josh Pratt (120 pounds), Dillan Beckwith (138), Zac Seevers (160) and Zach Wardle (195) each placed second in their weight divisions.
Nathan Patterson (145) was third, and Nathan Cloud (195) and Isaac Andersen (220) were fourth.
La Center's Jeffery Mayolo placed fourth at 132 to earn a spot at state.