Saturday’s Prep Wrestling: Five Bearcats Win Sub-Regional Titles
MOVING ON: Five Bearcats Win Championships; W.F. West Takes Team Title, Puts Nine Wrestlers in Finals for Automatic Regional Berths
By The Chronicle
W.F. West backed up its league title with a sub-regional championship, winning five individual titles and the top team trophy at the Evergreen 2A Conference sub-regional wrestling tournament.
The 2A sub-regional was part of a big Saturday at Centralia’s Northwest Sports Hub that also included 1A, 2B and girls sub-regional events.
W.F. West’s Roehre Cunningham (106 pounds), Damon Thomas (138), Michael Anderson (152), Brenden Spahr (182) and Brayden Bostwick (220) all won championships, as did Rochester’s Jacob Paris (113) and and Centralia’s Mykka McAllister (120) and Tristan Dickey (160).
“Jacob is wrestling very well right now, he’s becoming a complete wrestler,” Rochester coach Jason Dick said. “He’s going to peak at the right time.”
Cunningham took a forfeit from teammate Caleb Walters in the finals, while Thomas took a forfeit from teammate Jacob Nowels and Bostwick took a forfeit from teammate Tyler Pallas.
Paris beat Centralia’s Tristan Hicks-Avron 5-0 for the title, and Dickey beat W.F. West’s E.J. Matagi in the finals.
Local runners-up included W.F. West’s Will Alexander (126), Centralia’s Caleb Hylton (145) and Hunter Arredondo (285).
“The kids wrestled well. We got guys through, but we would have liked to get a couple more,” W.F. West coach Jamie Rakevich said. “We’ll try and get some guys through to state.”
The top two wrestlers in each weight class earned automatic bids into the Region I tournament, while the third- and fourth-place finishers will wrestle pigtail matches against their Greater St. Helens 2A League counterparts for regional bids.
Also moving on for pigtail matches, from W.F. West, were Levi Walters (third, 113), Kyle Gray (fourth, 126), Mason Morones (third, 132), Carver Brennan (third, 145) and Chris Powe (fourth, 170). Rochester grapplers moving on include Jacob Brant (fourth, 106), Jayden Lancaster (third, 126), Adrian Negrete (third, 152), Nate Kilmer (third, 160) and Chase Edminster (fourth, 182).
From Centralia, Eddie Matias (third, 120), Andrew Anderson (fourth, 132), Aaron Adamo (third, 182), and Mario Mungia (fourth, 220) all have a shot at regionals.
“They exceeded expectations. The kids been working really hard.” Dick said. “Out of those 10, hopefully we can get them to advance onto state. I’m really happy with the way the kids performed.”
The Region I 2A Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday in Ridgefield.
Slape, Dowell, Yoder Win Sub-Regional Titles
Adna’s Matthew Slape and Ashton Dowell, and Toledo’s Dalton Yoder, all won individual championships on Saturday at the Central 2B League sub-regional tournament in Centralia.
Slape and Dowell were two of nine Pirates securing top-six finishes and automatic spots in the Region I tournament.
Slape beat Ocosta’s Matt Hart 9-1 in the 152-pound finals, while Dowell pinned Kalama’s Eli Haynes in the 160 finals. Yoder, meanwhile, won all three of his matches in the heavyweight division via pin.
Local finalists also included Adna’s Lucas Ashley (126), Braxton Dowell (145) and Kameron Perry (182), as well as Toledo’s Seth Nichols (22) and Winlock’s Seth Lindsey (195).
Also placing for the Pirates were Aaron Slape (third, 132), Corbin Balzer (fourth, 138), Luke Wellander (third, 145) and Clayton Dunnagan (sixth, 285). Winlock’s Brad Kelly was fifth (220) and teammate Santos Balbuena sixth (113), while Napavine’s Aydan Costin took fourth at 170 and Onalaska’s Dusty Thayer was third at 106.
Toledo’s Michael Echtle (220) and Ethan Buck (152), Adna’s Dalton Spencer (170) and Jonah Engle (138), Winlock’s Chance Machine (285) and Onalaska’s Austin Olson (132) all finished seventh to move on to regionals as alternates.
The Region I 1B/2B Wrestling Tournament is set for Saturday in Adna.
Tenino Sends Five to Regionals
The Beavers had five grapplers place in the top four at the Evergreen 1A League sub-regional tournament at the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia on Saturday.
Tenino’s Stuart Barta (182 pounds) and Tyrick Weyrauch (195) finished second. Barta won his first two matches by pin, before falling in the finals to Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson by pin. Weyrauch won a 3-2 decision in the semifinals, but dropped the finals to Forks’ Jack Dahlgren.
The Beaver’s Joe Marcoe (120) finished in third place, and Riley Rice (285) and Dalton Chambers (126) each finished in fourth place. Tenino had three wrestlers finish in fifth place — Cutter Copeland (106), Dakota Whitaker (145) and Zac Robson (152) — who will be alternates to the regional tournament.
Tenino’s five qualified wrestlers will compete in the Region I 1A Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Local Girls Wrestlers Qualify for Regionals
Centralia had six girls qualify for regionals to lead the local area girls wrestling teams in the girls 2A/1A/2B sub-regional tournament at the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia on Saturday.
Centralia’s Sidnee Arcury won the 145 pound tournament. Arcury won all of her matches by pin, with her three matches totaling 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Napavine’s Kaitlyn Bornstein won the 135 pound bracket, winning her semifinal match with a 26 second pin and a 13 second pin in the finals against Rochester’s Elizabeth Ware. Winlock’s Hannah Randall won the 140 pound tournament, winning by pin in all three of her matches, including a pin in the finals against W.F. West’s Jade Palmer.
Centralia’s Olivia Delaney (100 pounds), Autumn Waltman (110) and Sam Teitzel (125) all took second place. The Tigers’ Syreena Edwards (155) finished in third and Ali Silva (115) took fourth place.
Rochester had two more grapplers qualify for regionals, including Alysha Kester (170) taking third place and Dakota Hunsaker (130) earning fourth place.
W.F. West’s Madison Wilson (120) finished in fourth, Toledo’s Andrea Jones (115) finished in second place and Tenino’s Jamiah Christin (110) placed third.
Centralia’s Kupria Lapierre (130) and W.F. West’s Alexis Dodd (120) finished in fifth place and will be alternates.
The regional wrestling tournament will be held Saturday in Aberdeen.