Patriots finish in third place in conference tourney

February 9, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Wright Noel (right), Liberty senior, and Mount Si senior Trey Botten upend each other during their 140-pound KingCo 3A championship bout Feb. 6, won by Noel 14-2. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School Patriots finished third in the 3A KingCo Conference Tournament Feb. 6 with a score of 148 points. In first and second place were Mercer Island and Bellevue, with scores of 202 and 157, respectively.

Four Liberty wrestlers won first place in their weight classes. Wright Noel took first in the 140-pound weight class; Hamilton Noel took first in the 145-pound weight class; Jay Chakravarty took first in the 160-pound weight class; and Brandon Studer took first in the 215-pound weight class.

Danny Velasquez took second in the 112-pound weight class; Nick Bezanson took third in the 189-pound weight class; Chris Harlin took third in the 215-pound weight class; and Jake Tierney took fourth in the 152-pound weight class.Liberty assistant coach Darren Tremblay won the Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the division.

In the final round of the tournament, Chakravarty narrowly defeated Mount Si’s Lee Amador 4-2 in overtime for the victory, and the finish energized those in the gym.

“It was the first time I won KingCo, so it’s exciting,” Chakravarty said. “I’m hoping to place at state this year, so it’s a good stepping stone to get to that.”

Studer also got the crowd going, pinning his opponent — Sammamish’s Logan Vautier — in just 1 minute, 48 seconds.

“It felt really good,” Studer said, adding that he stuck to moves he knew for the match. “I was confident going in.”

Hamilton Noel won his match in the finals by forfeit, because his opponent was injured. Wright Noel crushed his opponent in the finals 14-2.

“I felt solid all the way through,” Wright Noel said. “It was a good day.”

Now, Liberty’s wrestlers prepare themselves for the Feb. 13 regional tournament, which Liberty will also host. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to hooking up with Metro next weekend,” said Liberty Head Coach Manny Brown. “The main thing is to try to get mentally ready.”

Brown said he hopes the regional tournament will prepare his wrestlers to perform well at the state tournament.

“If they wrestle like they can, the score will take care of itself,” he said.

Eagles place fourth

The Issaquah Eagles placed fourth at the 4A KingCo Tournament at Juanita.

Woodinville won the team title with 193 points with Lake Washington close behind at 191. Inglemoor was third with 172 points; Issaquah had 165. Skyline finished sixth with 148.5 points.

Issaquah’s Jordan Tanner took first place in the 135-pound class by defeating Woodinville’s Brady Olson 9-7. Max Tickman (103), Ty Morton (112) and Brandon Pearson (140) all came in second. Almen Thorpe (125), David White (140) and Tyler Volk (171) were third in their classes.

Spartans first at subregional

Alexis Willcher, of Skyline, won the 145-pound title at the Subregional 2 Tournament at Juanita. Willcher defeated Punneh Abdolhosseini 10-4 in the finals.

Skyline’s Anthony DeMatteo won the 215-pound class with a 7-1 decision over Redmond’s Tyler Black.

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