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State wrestling primer: Lake Stevens stalking ninth Mat Classic team championship

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:19 am with No Comments »
February 13, 2013 10:24 am

MAT CLASSIC XXV
Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome

Schedule: Friday – First session is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Second session (including quarterfinals) is from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday – Third session (including semifinals, and all state-placing matches) is from 10 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. The championship round is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m.

2012 state team champions: 4A – Tahoma. 3A – Enumclaw. 2A – Deer Park. 1A – Orting. B – Warden. Girls – Sedro-Woolley.

The skinny: No school has taken home more Mat Classic titles than Lake Stevens (eight) – and the Vikings are poised to add to that total by not only bringing 14 wrestlers, they have state contenders in the Soler brothers (Michael at 106 pounds; Eric at 138), Jesse Peterson at 132 and Brandon Johnson at heavyweight. If Lake Stevens slips, defending champion Tahoma (11 wrestlers, five regional champions) and Greater Spokane League winner Mead (six wrestlers, two regional champions and state favorites in Tyler McLean at 160, and Chandler Rogers at 170). … Enumclaw will still bring a busload of combatants to the Tacoma Dome (12 wrestlers), but the loss of two-time state champion Lucas Somera (head) to injury default really opens the door for others, including University (nine wrestlers, six regional champions) and Decatur (10 wrestlers, eight regional finalists, four regional champions). … Consolation-match points could very well decide the 2A race among Othello (nine wrestlers), Orting (eight), Toppenish (seven), Deer Park (seven) and Centralia (six). … Granger (10 wrestlers, eight regional finalists) and Zillah (nine wrestlers, seven regional finalists) battled it out for the Region III title a week ago, and that rivalry is expected to decide the 1A crown as well. Granger’s Joshua Salcedo is trying to become a four-time state finalist, with back-to-back 1A titles in 2011 and 2012. … North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde will attempt to become the 11th wrestler in state history to win four state titles. He is the favorite at 138 in 2A, but Fife’s Maverick Reddaway, a three-time state placer, could give him a run for his money if both make the finals. … In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Mat Classic, WIAA officials plan on recognizing the 12 individuals who have worked all of the tournaments (Friday morning); all the state champions from Mat Classic I in 1989 (Friday afternoon); all the four-time state champions (Saturday morning; eight of the 10 are expected to attend); and the Parade of Champions (Saturday night).

Tickets and parking: Daily passes are $15 for adults, and $11 for students and senior citizens. Weekend passes are $23 (adults) and $17 (students/senior citizens). On-site parking is limited, but private lots and street parking is available. Also, patrons are encouraged to park downtown (Park Plaza, Convention Center Park, North Pacific Plaza) and take the Tacaoma Link light rail to the dome transit center located three blocks away from the tournament.

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