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By David Pan 

E-W senior advances to finals at Mat Classic XXXI | Boys wrestling

 

February 21, 2019



At the start of the regular season, Edmonds-Woodway coach Brian Alfi had a feeling that Grayson LeCompte was headed for a memorable senior year.

Alfi was right.

LeCompte, who placed third and eighth at state the two previous years, recorded the best finish of his high school career.

The Edmonds-Woodway standout advanced to the finals in the 126-pound division where he dropped a 10-1 decision to North Central senior Clayton Gilliam at Mat Classic XXXI Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Tacoma Dome.

Gilliam took second at 132 at last year’s state meet and was the state champion at 120 two years ago.

“I’m pretty satisfied with it,” LeCompte said of being the state runner-up. “It’s not first, but it’s pretty good.”

Alfi noted that LeCompte’s accomplishments are among the best in the program.

“He had a great season. He finished as a three-time state placer,” Alfi said. “He has some of the best credentials in school history.”

LeCompte opened with a pin of Lake Washington’s Kyle Earl in 2 minutes, 49 seconds and then won a 4-2 decision over Mount Spokane’s Riley Buth. He then prevailed 16-1 over Wilson’s Brock Williamson in the quarterfinals before dispatching Yelm’s Ryan Davis 10-0 in the semifinals.

The key to his success, LeCompte said, was staying focused and going about his business.

“He does a great job staying calm,” Alfi said. “In the moment, he’s got incredible focus. He’s good in all three positions. … He’s able to score from all three.”

While Saturday’s finals marked the end of his high school career, LeCompte plans to wrestle freestyle in the spring. The sport has played a major role in his life.

“It’s been kind of everything,” LeCompte said. “It’s given me a purpose in high school.”

Alfi and the rest of the Warriors are going to miss LeCompte.

“He was a great leader for our program,” Alfi said. “He set expectations for the program. He raised the bar on what guys are supposed to do in the offseason. He did a good job of showing what they need to do to be better. He had much more impact than some matches he won.”

LeCompte was joined at state by 18 of his teammates, 15 of whom will be back next season, including younger brother Reece, a 106-pounder.

“It’s going to be great for them,” LeCompte said of wrestling at the Tacoma Dome. “Getting to state and experiencing that is giving them a taste of what they have to do to be successful. They’re going to get better.”

Two freshmen earned medals – Alexander Rapelje finished fourth at 120 and Ethan Nguyen placed seventh at 106.

“Alex got consistently better as the year went on,” Alfi said. “He really kept improving. He did a great job. He started wrestling with poise and confidence. Ethan had a great freshman campaign as well.”

Junior Howie Hare took seventh at 132 and sophomore George Kartono was eighth at 220. Kartono recorded a pin to guarantee himself a medal. Hare battled through one of the toughest weight classes in the tournament and kept his cool through both days, Alfi said.

“He’s really calm and collected,” Alfi added. “He beat some highly ranked opponents.”

Alfi was voted 3A Coach of the Year by his peers. The Edmonds-Woodway coach noted that he and the program have a lot of support from nine assistant coaches.

“We’re excited for next year,” Alfi said.

 

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