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Wrestling primer: Tahoma, Enumclaw, Orting try and add to Mat Classic haul

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm with No Comments »
December 17, 2012 3:49 pm
Tim Whitehead, top, is one of six state placers to return to Tahoma, the reigning Class 4A state wrestling champion.

Team to watch
Last February, Tahoma shattered the Class 4A state meet record with 190 points by getting state-placing finishes from 10 of its 15 participants. Six of those 10 return this season, led by Tim Whitehead (120), Cruz Velasquez (126), Garrett Autrey (182) and Matt Hopkins (220).

Dual-meet league favorites
SPSL North – Tahoma. SPSL South – Graham-Kapowsin. Narrows 4A – Yelm. SPSL 3A – Enumclaw. Narrows 3A – Timberline. SPSL 2A – Orting. Evergreen Conference - Centralia. Nisqually 1A – Vashon Island.

Wrestler to watch
North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde, an Old Dominion signee, will vie to become the 10th high school wrestler to win four state championships in February at Mat Classic. He won the 138-pound title last season in Class 2A, and is competing in the 145 class this season.

Top wrestlers
113 - Fred Green, Orting, so; Darren Harris, Yelm, so. 120 – Glenn Robertson, Fife, jr.; Colton Tracy, Bonney Lake, jr.; 126 - Josh Crager, Cascade Christian, jr.; Tyke Reid, Enumclaw, sr. 138 – Adam Romano, Graham-Kapowsin, sr. 145 – Dillon Harris, Yelm, sr.; Lucas Somera, Enumclaw, sr.; Ian Steen, Graham-Kapowsin, sr. 152 – Beau Gore, Orting, sr.; Casey Larson, Peninsula, sr.; 160 – Nick Karis, Decatur, sr.; Bobby Reece, Kingston, jr. 170 – Rowland Gaydosh, Decatur, sr. 195 – Jake Ferris, Wilson, sr.; Joe Gomez, Graham-Kapowsin, sr.; 220 – Stone Hart, Timberline, sr.; Matt Hopkins, Tahoma, sr. 285 – Monike Failauga, Fife, jr.

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