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Tahoma puts three into finals at Mat Classic XXV, while Kent-Meridian's Josh Smith will wrestle for 138 pound title to round out nine placers from Kent schools | State Wrestling Championships
A trio of Tahoma wrestlers will compete in their respective weight class finals tonight at Mat Classic XXV, the state championship tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Tim Whitehead will take on Timmy Martinez in the 120 pound final. Gabe Boynay will represent the Bears in the 132 pound title match against Colton Orrino from Central Valley. And Matt Hopkins will work to bring home an individual crown against Yelm's Dillon Harris in the 195 final.
As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Tahoma was in second place in the 4A team title hunt behind Lake Stevens, which had tallied 150 points to the Bears' 120. Tahoma won the 4A state championship a year ago.
In addition, Kent-Meridian senior Joshua Smith will wrestle for the 138 pound 4A state title tonight. The finals start at 5 p.m., with Smith's match set tenatively for 6:40 p.m. Kent-Meridian senior Thomas Kemp had a chance for a third place finish in the 195 pound bracket at the time of this posting.
Local placers: Kentlake's Nick Smith took home sixth place at 106, Josh Beckler finished eighth at 145 while fellow Falcon Tyler Deskins finished fifth at 285 by winning his final match of the tournament 3-1 in overtime.
Tahoma's placers were: Cruz Velasquez, third, 126; Justin Weiding, seventh, 138; Chris McElroy finished eight at 160;Ed Torres, who finished third at 285 pounds.
Meanwhile, the three Meyers siblings from Kentwood all made it to the podium with sophomore Walker taking sixth at 120 pounds, Dalton took seventh at 132 while sister Cassidy, a senior, finished eighth at 124 pounds in the girls tournament.
Also placing for the Conquerors was Josh Boekelman, who took seventh at 170, closing out his tournament with a win.
Kentridge senior Arthur Sargent finished fourth in the 145 pound bracket.