Liberty’s Conner Small comes up big with state wrestling crown

February 24, 2015

Conner Small didn’t achieve the dream of a lifetime on his own. The Liberty High School senior wrestler spent countless hours working toward a state championship with his father Bill.

The process was a long and sometimes painful one — Small finished fifth as a sophomore and third as a junior — but it was ultimately rewarding as he captured the Class 2A state crown at 170 pounds to close the Mat Classic XXVII, Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-pound state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell on Feb. 21 during the Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-pound state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell on Feb. 21 during the Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

 

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Skyline High School’s Nathan Swanson captures regional wrestling title

February 17, 2015

Nathan Swanson has spent a lot of time honing his craft, and the Skyline High School senior wrestler saw his perseverance pay off during regionals.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

Swanson won three consecutive matches and won the title in the 120-pound division, which will earn him a high seed and possibly a deeper path into Mat Classic.

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Issaquah wrestlers win KingCo title with a little home cooking

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah High School wrestling team made the most of hosting the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament, scoring 243.5 points to win the championship at the Feb. 6-7 event.

Six Issaquah wrestlers reached the finals of their respective weight classes, and four won titles, to propel the Eagles to victory over second-place Mount Si (203.5 points). Issaquah had a conference-best 14 qualifiers for the Region 2 tournament, Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The top five wrestlers in each weight advanced to regionals.

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Eastlake wins battle of shorthanded squads over Skyline

January 13, 2015

Head coach Dexter Beckstead was honest about his feelings after the Eastlake Wolves walked away with a 39-27 victory over plateau rival Skyline HIgh School in a Jan. 8 wrestling meet.

By Greg Farrar Adrian Abraham (left), Skyline High School senior, and Eastlake senior James Jensen struggle early for a takedown early in their 160-pound bout, as a foretaste of an evenly fought match with near-falls for both. It was won by Abraham, 20-13.

By Greg Farrar
Adrian Abraham (left), Skyline High School senior, and Eastlake senior James Jensen struggle early for a takedown early in their 160-pound bout, as a foretaste of an evenly fought match with near-falls for both. It was won by Abraham, 20-13.

“It’s one of those situations where you win, but you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because there’s so many forfeits,” Beckstead said.

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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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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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