State titles elude local wrestlers

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.

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

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.

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Pinning down a title

February 18, 2014

Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

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.

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Patriots send five wrestlers to state

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.

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Eagles outgrapple Spartans

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

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.

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Liberty wrestlers win Barry Knott Classic

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.

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MASTERS OF THE MAT

December 17, 2013

Liberty wrestlers overwhelm Juanita, 58-4

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (bottom), Liberty High School junior, gives Juanita sophomore Mason McDaniel an unintended piggyback ride Dec. 12 as they grapple during the closely fought 160-pound bout. Small won 7-5, polishing off the Patriots’ convincing 58-4 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (bottom), Liberty High School junior, gives Juanita sophomore Mason McDaniel an unintended piggyback ride Dec. 12 as they grapple during the closely fought 160-pound bout. Small won 7-5, polishing off the Patriots’ convincing 58-4 victory.

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.

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Issaquah’s depth too much for Eastlake

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.

By Greg Farrar Seth Hartman, Issaquah High School senior, helps Eastlake’s Chris Lockwood up from the mat in a show of sportsmanship, after Hartman escaped a pin with a reversal and pinned Lockwood in the first round of their 145-pound bout.

By Greg Farrar
Seth Hartman, Issaquah High School senior, helps Eastlake’s Chris Lockwood up from the mat in a show of sportsmanship, after Hartman escaped a pin with a reversal and pinned Lockwood in the first round of their 145-pound bout.

“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.”

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Back to basics, olympic style

July 2, 2013

Former world champion Sammie Henson leads Skyline High School wrestling camp

Young wrestlers converged on Skyline High School last week for a three-day camp with Sammie Henson, a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist.  By Neil Pierson

Young wrestlers converged on Skyline High School last week for a three-day camp with Sammie Henson, a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist.
By Neil Pierson

 

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.

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Family is wrestling royalty

March 19, 2013

Skyline’s Steciw brothers have each won championships

Photos by Tammy Fullum Tannor Steciw, gets his pin on Dalton Baunsgard, of Issaquah, for the KingCo 3A wrestling championship at 103 pounds during his sophomore year in 2007.

Photos by Tammy Fullum
Tannor Steciw, gets his pin on Dalton Baunsgard, of Issaquah, for the KingCo 3A wrestling championship at 103 pounds during his sophomore year in 2007.

When asked how many boxes of Wheaties it took to raise three high school wrestling champions, Tammy Fullum just laughed and said, “A lot.”

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Buddies traverse the world of high school wrestling

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.

Below, Matt Solusod (left), Issaquah High School senior, works to get Roosevelt junior Bijan Safai to the mat during their 220-pound wrestling match Jan. 17, on the way to winning by a pin.

Below, Matt Solusod (left), Issaquah High School senior, works to get Roosevelt junior Bijan Safai to the mat during their 220-pound wrestling match Jan. 17, on the way to winning by a pin.

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.

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