Patriot repeats as state’s No. 2
February 22, 2011
By Sebastian Moraga
Hamilton Noel reached the finals at the Mat Classic for the second straight year. This time, the Liberty High wrestler reached the 152-pound finals of the 3A state competition Feb. 19 in the Tacoma Dome.
But, once again, Noel came up a bit short.
Noel lost to Enumclaw’s Josh Musick 6-2, after opening the match with a 2-0 lead.
A disappointed Noel blamed himself for the loss.
“I knew it was going to be a good match; I came out, I scored on him, thought I had him, but I didn’t finish strong enough,” he said. “I’m just glad there’s next year.”
As it turned out, Noel was just one of two 3A KingCo Conference wrestlers to reach the finals.
Noel pledged to work on his conditioning for his senior season.
“I was a little gassed,” he said. “More than I should have been.”
Noel’s road to the finals began with a pin of Bishop Blanchet’s Myles Hollowed in the second period, a pin of Yelm’s Anthony Allred in the third, and a 4-2 decision over Mount Spokane’s Austin Pea.
Liberty coach Manny Brown praised his wrestler and the new champion.
“He gives us his all in practices and matches, everything,” Brown said of Noel. “Congratulations to Josh, who had a good match.”
As a sophomore, Noel placed second at 145 pounds.
At 160 pounds, Liberty’s Jay Chakravarty was eliminated in the second round of the consolation matches.
Chakravarty defeated Kennedy Catholic’s Nick Armitage 6-4, before losing by pin to Enumclaw’s Kario Wallin, who went on to win the title.
In the consolation bracket, Chakravarty lost 7-3 to Shadle Park’s Luke Miller, who finished seventh.
“He ran into a couple of tough guys,” Brown said. “You never know at this level, because everyone’s after the big money, so you never know who’s going to come out ahead. That’s what makes it fun.”
Few Eastside wrestlers went far at the Mat Classic. Eastside Catholic’s Anthony Roy finished eighth in the 3A 160-pound category. Mount Si’s Josh Mitchell won the 3A state title at 285 pounds.
In the 4A competition, Eastlake’s Eric Harper finished second in the 160-pound class. Issaquah’s David White, who won the 145-pound regional championship the previous week, was eliminated in the second round of the consolation bracket.
White defeated Mount Rainier’s Alex Pieris 4-2 before losing to eventual state champ Chandler Rogers of Mead by pin in the second period, and to Auburn’s Tilden Sansom, 4-2.
Max Tickman of Issaquah lost 12-2 in the second round of consolation to Chris Douglas, of Spokane’s Rogers High.
The Eagles’ Sean Novak lost 7-4 in the first round of consolation to Jack Richards, of University Place’s Curtis High.
Almen Thorpe lost in the first round of consolation to Tyler Davis of Union. Davis pinned the Issaquah grappler in the second period.
Skyline had four wrestlers in the 4A tournament and all were knocked out in the consolation round. Skyline 103-pounder Joseph DeMatteo lost by pin the first round of 4A consolation to Graham-Kapowsin’s Spencer Schroeder. Fellow 103-pounder Griffin Howlett lost in the same round and the same way to Mount Rainier’s Alex Davidson.
Ian Crouch lost 9-7 to Austin Torres, of Kentwood, in the first round of consolation at 152 pounds. In the same weight class, Jordan McCaslin lost 6-3 to Kris Fenton, of South Kitsap, in the first consolation round.