Mat Classic XXVI State Wrestling Tournament / Feb. 21, 2014

February 25, 2014

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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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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Patriots’ wrestlers leave state battered, but better

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.”

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Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.
By Greg Farrar

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.

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Skyline Spartans crowned wrestling champs

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.

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Local high school wrestling / Jan. 15-17, 2013

January 23, 2013

Illness decimates Liberty High School wrestlers

January 22, 2013

Connor Small (top), Liberty High School sophomore, controls Hazen junior Malik Haythorne during their 152-pound match Jan. 15, taking an 8-1 victory. Small would also win his match Jan. 17 against Bellevue by a technical fall. By Greg Farrar

Connor Small (top), Liberty High School sophomore, controls Hazen junior Malik Haythorne during their 152-pound match Jan. 15, taking an 8-1 victory. Small would also win his match Jan. 17 against Bellevue by a technical fall. By Greg Farrar

As the nation struggles through a particularly aggressive flu season, many Liberty High School wrestlers know only too well the ailments that accompany the illness.

The flu knocked out nearly the entire team last week, when the Patriots dropped matches to Hazen and Bellevue, Liberty coach Manny Brown said.

“With injuries and sickness, I think I had maybe six wrestlers that are at full strength,” he said. “But the other teams have illnesses too.”

Despite going into the matches with a short-handed squad, Brown said the remaining Patriot wrestlers stood tough through adversity.

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Liberty High School’s first female wrestler defies odds

January 1, 2013

Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore (right), wrestles her opponent at the Auburn Mountainview Girls Tour in December. By Laurel Bluhm

Just a day before competing in last year’s Mat Classic, Liberty High School wrestler Joanna Moreira stood high up in the rafters of the Tacoma Dome and stared down at the 12 perfectly placed mats laid across the floor.

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Liberty High School wrestlers adjust to home away from home

November 27, 2012

Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School freshman (top) wrestles Garfield junior Amanda Triandafilou in the 132-pound women’s match in an exhibition match last January at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

The uniform will say Liberty, but for the 2012-2013 wrestling season, the Patriot wrestlers will have to call Maywood Middle School home due to construction going on at Liberty High School.

It’s been an adjustment for the squad, Liberty coach Manny Brown said. The team practices at Maywood but must wait to use the wrestling mats until the middle school team is done.

“Since Liberty is in construction mode, we will have all of our home matches over at Maywood Middle School,” he said. “It’s worked out well for us, but we still miss being home at Liberty High School.”

Despite the inconvenience, Brown said the team is excited and eager to build upon its fourth-place finish at last year’s KingCo 3A Conference championships.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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