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Nominees for The Columbian 2023-24 Week 19 prep athlete of the week sponsored by Killer Burger

This week's ballot celebrates five state wrestling champions

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: February 19, 2024, 11:33am

Here are the nominees for The Columbian 2023-24 Week 19 high school athlete of the week, sponsored by Killer Burger.

Voting will continue until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

This week, we broke from previous protocol and selected all five nominees from the same sports, celebrating five state wrestling champions. Two other state champions — Union’s Noah Koyama and Niah Cassidy — were left off this ballot as they had previously been honored as athletes of the week earlier this season.

In another break with protocol, four of the nominees come from the same school. But to select one of these athletes over three other teammates would have been too difficult to do, so we’ll let the voters decide who is most deserving.

To avoid vote manipulation, voting is restricted by IP address, one vote per IP address. That means people voting while connected to a public WIFI access may be unable to vote. We suggest voting be done by private internet access or through your cellular provider.

Nominees are posted and voting begins each Monday and runs through Wednesday.

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Here are the nominees:

JONAS DESROCHERS, SKYVIEW WRESTLING: The freshman rallied to beat reigning champion Curtis Carlisle of Rogers-Puyallup to win the 113-pound state title.

MASON DESROCHERS, SKYVIEW WRESTLING: The freshman held on for a 1-0 win over Owen Marshall of Tahoma to win the 120-pound state title.

OWEN PRITCHARD, SKYVIEW WRESTLING: After two top-3 finishes, the senior beat Juan Hoffman of Kamiakin to claim the 126-pound state title.

JJ SCHOENLEIN, SKYVIEW WRESTLING: The junior overcame a bout of myelitis last summer to claim his second consecutive state title, winning the 175-pound crown.

FAITH TARRANT, PRAIRIE WRESTLING: The junior completed another undefeated season and earned her third state title with a second-round pin of Katherine Peterson of Tahoma.

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