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.
February 19, 2013
Her face was caked in sweat, her shoulders had mat burns and her nostrils were leaking red. And yet, Joanna Moreira could not stop smiling.
The Liberty High School wrestler had just defeated Angelica Vaschenko, from Franklin Pierce High School, in the second round of consolation at the state tourney in Tacoma. The win, a 12-8 tussle of wills, assured that the 137-pound Patriot from São Paulo, Brazil, would finish better at state than in 2012.
“This is a big accomplishment,” she said. “I wanted to be better than I was last year.”
In 2012, a freshman Moreira had lost in the second round of consolation. This year, she finished eighth. A week earlier, she had finished third at regionals in Sedro-Woolley, improving her 2012 performance by one spot.
February 19, 2013
The local 4A wrestling programs were well-represented at the 25th annual Mat Classic Feb. 15-16 where 14 area wrestlers battled the state’s top athletes for a chance to medal in high school’s biggest tournament.
After taking second at the Region 3 Tournament the weekend before, Skyline High School wrestlers filled eight of the 14 weight classes at the state championship. By the time the two-day tournament was about over, the excitement of having eight wrestlers make it to the final 16 had taken its toll on Gus Kiss’ vocal cords. By 2 p.m. Saturday, the Skyline coach’s voice was all but gone.
“We’re really proud of the fact that we brought eight kids and one alternate,” he said in an almost whisper. “It’s a culmination of hard work and dedication, and it’s nice to see the end result.”
February 5, 2013
Not only are the Skyline High School Spartans the KingCo 4A champions but seven of their wrestlers are individual district champions as well.
At the KingCo 4A Championships Feb. 2, the Spartans won with 229 team points. Issaquah came in second with 209 points.
“Having eight in the finals and seven champs was something certainly very, very special,” Skyline coach Gus Kiss said.
January 22, 2013
The Issaquah High School wrestling squad raised its overall mark to 6-1, when it hosted Roosevelt at the Eagle’s Nest Jan. 17 and knocked the Roughriders out of their saddles with a 39-31 comeback victory.