With the state wrestling championships upcoming, Tahoma High School once again proved itself a power to be reckoned with as the Bears dominated the Class 4A Region II meet Saturday afternoon at Auburn High School.
Finishing with a total of 11 wrestlers advancing to state and five champions, Tahoma secured an easy team victory with 226 points, toppling Graham-Kapowsin (150, sending six wrestlers to state).
Despite the impressive display, the weekend ends with Tahoma head coach Chris Feist happy, but not totally satisfied.
“Ten being the highest and one being the lowest, it was about an eight,” Feist said. “I think we performed really well. We had five out of six finalist win and we won all of our third/fourth matches. But there is a couple seniors that came up a little bit short and it’s always sad to see that.”
With the impressive performance, Tahoma will have the opportunity to secure a second consecutive 4A championship next week, but will have to overcome other powers such as Lake Stevens, Graham-Kapowsin, Mead and Central Valley.
Besides the top two SPSL power, Todd Beamer had a surprising tournament, taking third place with 115 points and sending a second best seven wrestlers to state despite only one champion.
Prior to this tournament, the Titans were not even ranked in the top 20 in 4A by Washington Wrestling Report, but managed to top ranked teams such as Kentwood, Kent-Meridian, Auburn and Puyallup.
Part of the reason for the upstart Todd Beamer side was the performance of underdog Jordan Rhodes, winning 7-2 over fellow low seeded Johnathan Aguon of Bethel. Both wrestlers had valiant efforts overcoming high ranked wrestlers in each of their previous two matches during the day.
Elsewhere, Tahoma’s Matt Hopkins got past two higher rated opponents in Joseph Gomez of Graham-Kapowsin, and Thomas Kemp of Kent-Meridian to win the 195 weight class (3-2 decison over Kemp in the finals).