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Category: Wrestling


Regional wrestling tournament: Nuts and bolts preview chart

Saturday at Snohomish High School

Leagues: Narrows 4A, Wesco.
Schedule: Preliminaries start at 10 a.m., with finals expected to begin at 4 p.m.
Mat Classic-bound: Top four wrestlers in each weight class advance.
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for students/senior citizens.

Saturday at Auburn High School

Leagues: SPSL North, SPSL South.
Schedule: Preliminaries start at 10 a.m., with finals expected to begin between 3 and 5 p.m.
Mat Classic-bound: Top four wrestlers in each weight class advance.
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6

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Yelm handles South Kitsap, ends Wolves’ Narrows League wrestling streak at 189 matches

No sooner after word leaked out last year that Yelm High School would be moving up to Class 4A, Narrows League wrestling coaches started reaching out to Tornados’ coach Gaylord Strand.

They were not only looking for an ally, but a conqueror – one that could end South Kitsap’s longstanding dual-meet winning streak in the Narrows League.

His response?

“I said, ‘We’ll try,” Strand said.

And his wrestlers response? A convincing 47-15 dual-meet victory over the Wolves on Thursday night that not only sewed up the Narrows 4A championship, it ended South Kitsap’s winning streak at 189 matches – over

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More than just the Narrows 4A wrestling championship on the line in Yelm

On the surface, Yelm and South Kitsap – two of the most successful wrestling programs in the state for the better part of two decades – have an end-of-the-season Narrows League 4A dual meet Thursday.

But that is not how it is exactly going to work as a pre-match storyline. By now, about everyone who follows either, or both programs knows what the Wolves are bringing into the showdown – an 189-dual match winning streak against league opponents that dates back to December of 1992.

Now, if asked, Chad Nass and his group in Port Orchard will tell you bigger

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Seven guidelines for mothers who commit to raising children in wrestling

My TNT colleague Ryan Divish found this Yahoo link – a fan-mother’s perspective on how to approach the sport of wrestling when sons or daughters are involved.

Quickly, the seven bullet points:

1, Leave Mom in the Car.
2, Prepare to Invest.
3, Sacrifice.
4, Make Them Eat.
5, Support a Win, Support a Loss.
6, Wrestling is Life.
7, Meet Mom at the Door.

To read the full article, click here.


Soler emerges from stacked 145-pound bracket to win at Matman Classic

Some wresting invitationals are cakewalks. And then there is the Matman Classic – the last high-profile tournament of the regular season.

And this year’s edition of the Matman Classic showcased a super-sized bracket at 145 pounds involving four reigning state champions.

When the dust settled, Lake Stevens High’s Eric Soler stood tallest, dispatching three-time state champion Jake Velarde, of North Kitsap, in the semifinals (3-1 decision) – then rolling past Graham-Kapowsin’s Ian Steen, 8-4, for the tournament title.

Soler’s win also clinched the Vikings the team title by the slimmest of margins – 186 to 1851/2 points over defending Class

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

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

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

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

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