Regional crowns for Cassidy Meyers, Tahoma

Tahoma senior Ed Torres put a punctuation mark on the Bear’s Region III team title Feb. 9 at Auburn High with his victory in the 285 pound weight class which made him the fifth regional winner for the team that qualified 11 wrestlers to Mat Classic this weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

Torres beat South Puget Sound League North rival Tyler Deskins, a senior from Kentlake, 6-2 in the final. Deskins won a 3-2 decision in four overtimes in the semi-finals over Alex Boynton of Graham-Kapowsin for the chance to wrestle Torres for the second week in a row — the pair squared off in the sub-regional 285 pound final with the same result.

It was a significant win for Torres, who made it to the regional final in 2012, but lost. His win helped Tahoma to yet another regional championship with 226 points to second-place Graham-Kapowsin’s 150. Kentwood took fourth with 97.5 and Kentridge was sixth.

Kentwood senior Josh Boekelman defeated Tahoma’s Garret Autrey 9-5 in the 170 pound final. Boekelman didn’t qualify for state in 2012.

Kentlake sophomore Nick Smith suffered his first defeat of the season in the 106 pound regional final to Graham-Kapowsin senior Spencer Schoeder, losing 5-0. Fellow sophomore Josh Beckler put together a run in the consolation bracket to take third at 145 pounds.

Kentridge’s Derek Freitag finished fourth at 106. Chargers senior Kenny Hobbs finished sixth after a loss to Kentwood sophomore Conor Berlin in the fifth-sixth match at 113. Sphejtim Gilar from Kentwood defeated Kent-Meridian’s Chianson Siu for fifth place at 126.

Tahoma then crowned three regional champions in a row starting with Tim Whitehead’s 6-0 victory over Kentwood sophomore Walker Meyers in the 120 pound final followed by junior Cruz Velasquez’s second-round pin of Spanaway’s Brian Short to win at 126. Gabe Boynay rounded out the string of three straight with a 2-1 victory over Kentwood’s Dalton Meyers at 132.

Whitehead, Velasquez and Boynay all won regional crowns for Tahoma a year ago.

Blake Hoyle, a junior from Tahoma, bounced back after a second-round defeat at 120 to take third place in that bracket. Justin Weiding took third place thanks to a pin 16 seconds into the second period of the third-place match against Todd Beamer’s Sean VanEarwag. Tucker Mjelde qualified for the state tournament with his third place finish at 152. Chris McElroy tallied a third place finish at 160. Austin Perry took third at 182.

Bears senior Matt Hopkins earned Tahoma’s fourth individual title of the day with his 3-2 win over Kent-Meridian senior Thomas Kemp. A year ago Kemp defeated Hopkins’ teammate Autrey at 170 at the regional tournament.

Kent-Meridian senior Joshua Smith lost a tight match in the 138 pound final to Graham-Kapowsin’s Corde Ferreira, falling 6-4. Fellow Royals senior Treyvonn Wilson finished fourth in the 170 pound bracket.

Kentridge senior Arthur Sargent lost a 7-0 decision in the 145 pound final. Chargers junior Zach Seibel was the runner up after losing in the 182 pound final.

Meanwhile in the girls regional tournament, Kentwood senior Cassidy Meyers continued her pursuit of her second state wrestling crown by pinning her way through the 124 pound bracket.

She put together a pin with 12 seconds remaining in the first period of the final against ShaRaya Quinn of Emerald Ridge. She will join her younger brothers Walker and Dalton at state this year to cap her final season of wrestling.

Also qualifying for state for the Conquerors out of the 124 pound weight class was freshman Sara Mozeleski, who finished third.

Kentridge senior Taylor Lee finished third in the 112 pound bracket at the girls tournament.

Reach Assistant Editor Kris Hill at or 425-432-1209 ext. 5054.

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