Patriots sending six to state tourney, Skyline grappler wins regional title
February 16, 2010
Liberty High School’s wrestling team will send six competitors, including three regional champions, to the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.
The six Patriots qualified for the state tournament after strong performances at the Class 3A Region I Tournament Feb. 13 at Liberty.
Wright Noel won the 140-pound regional title with a 6-1 decision against Eastside Catholic’s Jake Cowin. Noel began the tournament with two easy wins. He defeated Rico Munoz, of Chief Sealth, 18-1 in the first round and downed David Kahn, of Ingraham, 16-1 in the semifinals.
Hamilton Noel took the 145-pound class with a victory against Ingraham’s Michael Tran, who had to forfeit the final because of an injury. Hamilton dominated Weber Coryell, of Bainbridge, 15-0 in the first round and pinned Michael Przystupa, of Juanita, in 4:37 in the semifinals.
Brandon Studer captured the 171-pound title with a 7-0 decision against Juanita’s Logan McCallum. Studer pinned his first two opponents en route to the finals. He pinned Zachary Broten, of West Seattle, in 37 seconds in the opening round, and pinned Cole Johnson, of Mercer Island, in 2:14 in the semifinals.Jay Chakravarty, of Liberty, finished second in the 160-pound class when he lost to O’Dea’s Gino Clement, 10-3. Chakravarty had no problems reaching the finals. He pinned James Ewing, of West Seattle, in 42 seconds in the first round and overwhelmed Corey Touchette, of Bainbridge, 20-5 in the semifinals.
Dan Velasquez and Chris Harlin, of Liberty, both had third-place finishes. Velasquez took third in the 112-pound class when he pinned Alec Greiwe, of Bainbridge, in 4:52. It was the second time in the tournament that Velasquez wrestled Greiwe. Velasquez pinned Greiwe in 1:59 in the first round. Harlin ended up third in the 215-pound class when Charles Johnson, of West Seattle, forfeited because of an injury.
In the team standings, Liberty finished fourth with 131 points. Mercer Island, which won the 3A KingCo Conference tournament the previous week, also captured the Region I title with 197 points. O’Dea was second with 161 and Bellevue took third with 155.
The Liberty wrestlers open state competition Feb. 19. In the first round, Velasquez meets Jake Velarde, of North Kitsap; Wright Noel meets Markus Surrat, of Mount Rainier; Hamilton Noel meets Travis Addy, of Prairie; Chakravarty meets Chase Oswalt, of Peninsula; Studer meets Danny Lopez, of Everett; and Harlin meets Steve Knapp, of Enumclaw.
DeMatteo wins title
Skyline’s Anthony DeMatteo won the 215-pound title at the Region II Tournament Feb. 13 at Todd Beamer High School.
DeMatteo scored a 9-2 decision against Redmond’s Tyler Black. DeMatteo defeated Carl Gaul, of Woodinville, 9-2 in the first round and beat Joe McDaniel, of Emerald Ridge, 7-3 in the semifinals.
Joining DeMatteo at state will be teammate Danny Christianson, who took fourth in the 152-pound class. The top four in each weight class qualify for state. In the match for third and fourth place, Christianson lost to Dylan Evanger, of Graham-Kapowsin, 4-3. Christianson defeated Evan Neese, 6-3 in the first round but was pinned by eventual 152-pound champion Dylan Aparis, of Decatur, in 30 seconds in the semifinals. Christianson bounced back in the consolation bracket, defeating Kyle Giovannini, of Rogers, 5-3.
Issaquah’s Jordan Tanner took second in the 135-pound class, losing to Grant Steen, of Graham-Kapowsin, 6-5 in the finals. Tanner defeated Kris Koegel, of Newport, 10-3 in the first round and pinned Anthony Bratcher, of Inglemoor, in 5:09 in the semifinals. Tanner was the only Issaquah wrestler to qualify for the state tournament.
Max Tickman (103), Ty Morton (112), Brandon Pearson (140) and Tyler Volk (171) all finished sixth in their classes.
As a team, Issaquah finished 10th in the standings with 40 points. Graham-Kapowsin easily won the team title by compiling 221 points. Rogers of Puyallup was second with 154.5 points as the South Puget Sound League teams dominated the meet. Lake Washington was the highest 4A KingCo Conference team, taking fifth with 96 points.
Skyline’s Collin Ehret finished fifth in the 125-pound class.
In the opening round of the 4A state tournament, Tanner meets Nate Regan, of Kamiak; Christianson meets Alex Coffman, of Mariner; and DeMatteo meets Bryce Ingersoll, of Monroe.
In the girls state tournament, Skyline’s Alexis Willcher meets Maya Howard, of Foss.