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Warriors win 2 individual, team titles at A-Town Throwdown | Wrestling


Last updated 12/19/2019 at 10:50am

The Edmonds-Woodway boys wrestling team followed up its solid debut at the Edmonds Invitational with an even better performance at the A-Town Throwdown.

The Warriors were missing a couple of individuals when they opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the annual Edmonds Invitational Saturday, Dec. 7, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“It went really well,” Warriors coach Brian Alfi said. “We weren’t close to our potential. I think we could have wrestled a lot better. But to take fourth in a field of 33 was a strong showing for the group.”

Edmonds-Woodway was led by sophomore Alex Rapelje, who defeated sophomore Seth Dawkins of Orting 6-2 in the 160-pound finals. Rapelje won the Bryce Cook Outstanding Wrestler Award.

“He wrestled a really smart match,” Alfi said. “He put together a real complete tournament.”

Rapelje finished fourth in the 120 division at last season’s 3A state tournament. Alfi noted that Rapelje likely will be competing at a lower weight class than 160 for the postseason. Seven other Warriors placed in the top 8, though none advanced to the finals.

At the A-Town Throwdown, the Warriors took the team title, scoring 230.5 points, to place ahead of district rival Meadowdale (199.5).

Rapelje (160) and Howie Hare (152) won individual titles, while Reece LeCompte (126), Jacob Pahre (132), Russel Hare (170) and George Kartono (285) all placed second in their respective divisions. Rapelje edged Peninsula’s Nolan Casey 3-2 in the finals.

Howie Hare defeated Meadowdale’s Tanner Queere 13-5. Hare finished seventh at 132 at state as a junior, placed eighth at 120 as a sophomore and competed as an alternate at 113 as a freshman.

“He’s looking to move up the ladder as a senior,” Alfi said.

Ousman Fatty tied for fourth at 138 and four other Warriors – Evan Clugston (106), Alec Rust (160), John Christin-Eriksen (182) and Riley Johnson (220), all tied for sixth place.

Two other Warriors to watch out for are senior Emmanuel Boakye-Ansah and junior Baylor Denkinger, who both advanced to the 113 quarterfinals at state.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls team continues to have large numbers with a turnout of 18. Senior heavyweight Vatoria Keyes, who finished fourth at state, is the Warriors’ top postseason prospect. (See related story on this page)

“We’re very young,” coach Terry Ray said. “Right now, they’re trying to get to the weights they need to be. I’ve got some girls who should be in a different weight class, but because of what the state designates how they can lose weight they really won’t be at the weight we want them at until January.”

Ray added that he’s seen solid performances from Jennifer Leon Garcia (110), Zoey Krumroy (120), River Freeburg (130) and Serena Polendo (190).

“They’re wrestling well,” he said.


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