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Tag: Mat Classic XXIV


Wrestling: Mead, Yelm, Deer Park near-perfect in first round at Mat Classic XXIV

Tahoma had the numbers – 15 wrestlers – in the first round. Mead had the storming success.

The Panthers won eight of their 11 first-round matches while Tahoma went 8-7.

Mead’s only real blemish came when Matthew Petrini, a top seed, was upended by Union’s Cody Hershel, 7-4, in the 113 class.

In 3A, Yelm claimed wins in seven of eight classes – including Dillon and Darren Harris – while defending champion Enumclaw went 5-4.
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Mat Classic XXIV Untouchables


Mead (4A), Senior, 35-1
Bio: There are natural-born wrestlers, and then there are athletes who learn to become elite wrestlers. With his exceptional work rate, Golding is the latter. And this weekend likely will be a special one as he and teammate Jordan Rogers try and become the first Mead wrestlers to win three state titles. “He has the ability to gear up for high-level competition, and he does not like to lose,” Panthers coach Phil McLean said. His record the past three seasons is 101-5.

Kelso (3A), Junior, 35-2
Bio: Some win on sheer talent. Others win because they prepare to the utmost degree. Newberg does both. The Hilanders’ standout became the school’s first two-time Tri-State champion last December, then spent most of the past two months competing at a higher weight class – 120 (where both losses occurred). His coach calls the two-time Cadet All-American a gym rat who indulges in the sport year-round. “He always puts himself in position to win big matches,” Kelso coach Bob Freund said.
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