February 25, 2014
Eagle Torre Eaton’s third-place finish is top local medalist
For Issaquah High School senior Torre Eaton, his final trip to the Mat Classic state wrestling championships was an historic one.
Eaton had made two previous trips to the state tournament, but had yet to earn a medal as a top-eight finisher.
He flipped that script last weekend, earning the third-place medal at 113 pounds in Class 4A, and he wound up being the only medalist among Issaquah’s four qualifiers to Mat Classic XXVI, held Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.
February 18, 2014
Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic
Senior 113-pounder Torre Eaton may be the most promising chance for Issaquah High School’s wrestling medal hopes.
Eaton had an outstanding regular season, and won the regional crown by eking out a 2-0 decision over Evergreen (Vancouver) sophomore Isaiah Av at the Class 4A Region 2 championships, held Feb. 15 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.
February 18, 2014
As the winter sports season comes to a close, five Liberty High School wrestlers aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet.
They have a date at the Tacoma Dome, where they will compete at the state tournament Feb. 21-22.
Joanna Moreira, Kyle Armstrong, Conner Small, Romney Noel and Quinn Magendanz will all compete among the state’s best at the 26th edition of the Mat Classic.
January 14, 2014
It wasn’t the ideal situation for Robert Steil to wrestle his first varsity match, but the Issaquah High School senior was up to the task.
With their regular 220-pound starter, Terrance Zaragoza, out of commission, the Eagles turned to Steil to pick up some points in their Class 4A KingCo Conference dual against rival Skyline.
December 31, 2013
The Liberty High School wrestling team won the Barry Knott Classic Dec. 21, sending eight wrestlers to the final. Four emerged as champions.
Nate Sjoholm (145), Jimmy Andrus (152), Conner Small (160) and Romney Noel (170) each placed first in their weight classes.
December 17, 2013
Liberty wrestlers overwhelm Juanita, 58-4
The Maywood Middle School gymnasium may not technically be the Liberty High School wrestling team’s home site, but the Patriots sure looked comfortable there as they cruised to a dominant 58-4 win against Juanita on Dec. 12.
The Patriots won all but one of their matches, making a statement about the strength of this year’s team, led by first-year coach Wright Noel.
December 10, 2013
It’s not unusual for a high-school wrestling team to start the season without its first-choice lineup, and that’s the situation the Issaquah Eagles and Eastlake Wolves were dealing with last week.
In the season’s first KingCo Conference wrestling dual, the Eagles collected pins in six of the first nine matches, and then held on for a 48-36 victory at Issaquah High School on Dec. 5.
The night’s most important result might have been Issaquah senior Seth Hartman’s victory over Chris Lockwood at 145 pounds. Lockwood, a senior, jumped out to a 5-0 lead and nearly had his opponent pinned. But when Lockwood overextended himself, Hartman got a reversal and completed the pin in 1 minute, 53 seconds.
“That was a 12-point swing, or it would’ve been tied,” Eagles coach Kirk Hyatt said. “We’ve got a young team, and we had a couple pivotal matches that flipped, or it would’ve been a lot tighter than it was.”
July 2, 2013
Former world champion Sammie Henson leads Skyline High School wrestling camp
For each of the past nine summers, a former American wrestling standout has been on the Sammamish Plateau to pass along his love and knowledge of the sport.
Sammie Henson connected with the Skyline High School wrestling program nearly a decade ago, and he helped draw about 75 youth wrestlers to the school for an intense, three-day skills camp last week.
March 19, 2013
Skyline’s Steciw brothers have each won championships
When asked how many boxes of Wheaties it took to raise three high school wrestling champions, Tammy Fullum just laughed and said, “A lot.”
March 12, 2013
When Issaquah High School’s wrestling coach Kirk Hyatt gives his recruitment speech every year, he always tells his athletes the same thing: If you are going to recruit someone, recruit your best friend.
“There are going to be times when you need them, and then there are going to be times when you need them,” Hyatt said.
Seniors Matt Solusod and Jerdon Helgeson know what he is talking about. The two have been wrestling since middle school, and together they have gone from dreading practice to serving as co-captains for Issaquah’s varsity team.