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Subregional crowns for Tahoma, Smith
Tahoma dominated the South Puget Sound League North sub-regional wrestling meet Feb. 1-2 at Kent-Meridian High, wracking up 411 points thanks to six individual champions.
The Bears had top five placers in every weight class and multiple placers in several weight classes.
Tim Whitehead won at 120, beating Walker Meyers from Kentwood, while Blake Hoyle finished third in that bracket. Cruz Velasquez beat teammate Sam Schuessler in the 126 pound final. Gabe Boynay narrowly defeated Dalton Meyers in the 132 pound final match, taking a 2-1 victory.
Chris McCauley was fifth at 106. Colton Jackson and Brandon Whaler finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 113 bracket. At 138 pounds Justin Weiding finished third while Riley Grant took fourth. Brandon Scheiber lost to Kentridge’s Arthur Sargent in the 145 pound final in a 7-4 decision.
Tucker Mjelde beat Josh Tate of Auburn 10-3 in the 152 pound final while Sean Hanson took fifth in that weight class. Chris McElroy, a senior from Tahoma, defeated Jake Polsack of Thomas Jefferson, 9-5 in the 160 pound final. Austin Perry finished third at 182 pounds while Cooper Thomas finished fifth at 220.
Ed Torres put a punctuation mark on the event for Tahoma at 285 pounds. In a match up seniors, Torres defeated Kentlake’s Tyler Deskins 5-3 for the sub-regional title.
Conor Berlin, a Kentwood sophomore, beat Kentridge senior Kenny Hobbs for the 113 pound sub-regional title, earning a 10-6 decision. Josh Boekelman added another individual crown for the Conquerors when he beat the Bears Garret Autrey in the 170 pound final with a 6-1 decision.
Also placing for Kentwood were Sphejtim Gilareva, fourth, and Alex Enciso, fifth, at 126; Jamiel Jackson was fourth at 152; Michael Ediali was fourth at 160; Tim Angevine and Tanner Abernathy finished third and fourth respectively at 195 and Austin Duncan was fourth at 220.
Kent-Meridian senior Joshua Smith, who is ranked third in the state at 138 pounds in 4A according to Washington Wrestling Report, defeated Asia Torres from Kentwood in the final with a pin 59 seconds into the match. Fellow Royals senior Thomas Kemp took home a sub-regional title with a 5-3 win in the 195 pound final over Tahoma’s Matt Hopkins.
K-M’s Chianson Siu finished third at 126 while Jahleel Smith was fifth at 132. Amos Daigbe, a freshman, finished third at 152 for the Royals while Treyvonn Wilson took fourth at 170. Tanner Torr rounded things out for K-M with a fifth place finish at 285.
Kentlake’s Josh Beckler finished third at 145 pounds. Gabe Carrillo finished sixth at 152. Zach Harris took fifth at 170 pounds while Hayden Lasher was fourth at 182.
Kentlake junior Jon Yarbrough added a second individual title for the Falcons with his pin of Kentwood’s Kyle Capperauld in the 220 pound final.
Kentridge wrestlers placed in a number of brackets as well: freshman Derek Freitag was third while Reyes Trevino was sixth at 106; freshman Savone Chham took third at 113; Jonathan Dickerson and Tanner Zeiler were fourth and fifth respectively at 120; Isiah Shores was sixth at 126; Phoenix Copp was fifth at 138; Zach Seibel finished second at 182; Damieree Caliman was fifth at 195 while Heamasi Vi was fourth at 285.