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Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale wrestlers impress | Wrestling


Last updated 2/7/2019 at Noon

Fresh off its fifth straight league title, the Edmonds-Woodway boys wrestling team overpowered the competition at the 3A Wesco South/Kingco Sub-Regional tournament.

The Warriors captured six individual titles and had six second-place finishes to easily claim the team championship Saturday, Feb. 2, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway ran away from the 10-team field with 428.5 points. Meadowdale took second with 255 points and was followed by Wesco South rivals Shorecrest (218.5) and Shorewood (177.5).

Two Warriors faced off in each of the first three weight classes and a fourth, senior Grayson LeCompte, captured the next division.

Edmonds-Woodway’s depth in the 106- 113- 120- and 126-pound weight classes definitely makes a difference, Warriors coach Brian Alfi noted.

“Those kids have a really tough practice room,” he said. “They come to practice and every day of the week they wrestle a new partner. It really makes you develop as a wrestler. Practice partners really helps grow the group.”

Ethan Nguyen (33-3) defeated Reece LeCompte (33-10) at 106, Baylor Denkinger (31-8) beat Emmanuel Boakye-Ansah (30-12) at 113 and Alexander Rapelje (37-9) prevailed over Ousman Fatty (22-10) at 120. Two-time state placer Grayson LeCompte (33-5) defeated Meadowdale’s Jinho Lee (23-6) 6-3 in the 126 finals.

“Grayson looks poised to do some big things,” Alfi said.

Alfi noted that after wrestling up a weight class like many of his teammates for most of the season, LeCompte is back at his natural weight.

Also winning Sub-Regional titles were Thomas Cristin-Eriksen (22-17) at 152 and George Kartono (26-14) at 220.

“They’re both coming on strong. They’re really solid kids overall,” Alfi said.

Other Edmonds-Woodway second-placer finishers included Howie Hare (30-10) at 132, Christian Simpson (20-10) at 170 and Joshua Brown (29-15) at 182.

“I don’t think we’re close to peaking yet,” Alfi said.

The Warriors are a relatively young team with only five seniors and 11 freshmen advancing to regionals. But despite their youth, Alfi said that the freshmen have wrestled a lot this season, including some high profile out-of-state tournaments.

“They’ve been in a lot of big situations,” he said. “They’ve seen the big settings. Our match count is double of some of our opponents. Our freshmen aren’t really freshmen anymore.”

Meadowdale walked away with two titles – Saul Hernandez (19-3) at 170 and Alex Krueger (16-10) at 285. Caleb Monillas (19-8) took second at 160 and Tyler Paul was the runner-up at 220.

Other Edmonds-Woodway qualifiers for this week’s regional tournament were Russel Hare (fifth at 132), George Quintans (fourth at 138), Alec Rust (fifth at 145), Ethan Davis (fifth at 160), John Christin-Eriksen (forth at 160) and Luke Walker (fifth at 182).

Meadowdale qualifiers were Nathan Lee (third at 120), Erick Gonzalez (fourth at 120), Hilmy Burch (fifth at 106), Tanner Queree (third at 138), Thaddeus Gonzalez (third at 145), Chauncy Gantt (third at 195) and Alex Maxwell (third at 285).

Regional alternates (sixth place finishers) included Meadowdale’s Zachary Sinnes (106), Edmonds-Woodway’s Elias Meyer (126), Edmonds-Woodway’s Jacob Pahre (138), Edmonds-Woodway’s Charles Van Horn (170) and Edmonds-Woodway’s Evan Lucas Gibbs (220).

The 3A Regional tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at Inglemoor High School.

At Girls Sub-Regional 1-2 tournament, Edmonds-Woodway Vatoria Keyes (28-3) edged Stanwood’s Chanel Siva to win the 235 title.

Charlotte Mae Torio took third at 145 and Sarah Hood finished fourth at 100 to move on to regionals. The girls regional tournament is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sedro-Woolley High School.


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