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In matchup of reigning state champions, Steen pins Somera at all-SPSL meet

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm with No Comments »
December 29, 2012 11:12 pm

Ian Steen wasn’t expecting an easy win.

After all, the Graham-Kapowsin senior knew exactly how skilled his competition was in the championship match of the All-SPSL Wrestling Tournament. Not only was Enumclaw senior Lucas Somera a fellow state champion, but the two have wrestled each other a half-dozen times over the years.

But instead of worrying, he did just the opposite.

“I came into the match really calm,” Steen said. “I’ve never been that calm before a match before. I just waited for any openings because I know he likes to open up sometimes.”

It worked.

In a matchup of defending state champions in two different classifications, Steen pinned Somera in 38 seconds to win the 145-pound weight class Saturday at Auburn High School.

Steen won the 4A title at 138 last season; Somera in 3A.

Defending 4A state champion Tahoma won the team competition, with 2511/2 points, ahead of 3A state title holder Enumclaw (200) and Decatur (1761/2).

Tahoma’s winners included Cruz Velasquez, who defeated Tyson Gaillac of Auburn 5-3 at 132, and Edwin Torres, who defeated Puyallup’s Trent Nivela 5-2 at 285.

Glenn Robertson of Fife, the 2A state champion at 106, defeated Travis Filleau of Sumner, 7-2, at 120, and Orting’s Fred Green, who holds 1A state title at 106, pinned Brett Dykman of Todd Beamer in 5 minutes, 59 seconds.

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