Dave Gilbertson of Washington Wrestling Report has put together a list of the Top 20 senior wrestlers in the state. His top two are South Soung guys — Auburn’s Jake Swartz and Black Hills’ Jimmy Belleville.
Here’s what he had to say about both:
Background: A two-time state 3A champ Two-time Fargo medalist, Auburn’s Jake Swartz is my pick as Washington state’s most highly-rated recruit for the 2008-09 season. Swartz also placed in the top 5 at Fargo in both style in 2008 in the Junior 189 weight group. Swartz comes from a family of wrestlers and he, his older brother (Kurt, BSU) and father all won USAW National age group freestyle titles in the same year. Swartz was a two-time Nationals freestyle champion in kids wrestling and also took first at Reno World of wrestling. His nick name when younger was Jake “The Bull” Swartz and he usually lived up to the name. He took some time off in junior high but came back with a vengeance in high school. He had a very successful freshman year but was in a stacked weight group at state and lost to Eric Starks. Starks went on to place first at state and the next year took 3rd in Fargo. Jake lost to Eric again the next year at the Sierra Nevada Classic tournament but has not looked back since.
Background: Jimmy Belleville has been wrestling at a high level since he could first walk. He is a 6-time state kids freestyle champion and has probably added a few more Cadet and Junior titles in there. He is a three-time state high school wrestling champion with an excellent chance of becoming only the fifth Washington wrestler to win four high school titles. As a cadet he placed in the top three at nationals in freestyle and this past year he competed as a Junior and was national runner-up in freestyle. In that match he won the first round and had just reversed his opponent to take the lead near the end of the second round when disaster struck and he was turned and pinned. At every level Jimmy has been a winner and I expect this to continue on at the next level.
Click here to check out the whole list.
Also, the Shelton Highclimbers Holiday wrestling tournament, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20, has been canceled.