Tahoma wrestling finishes in second place at Mat Classic XXV

A second place trophy wasn’t exactly the finish Tahoma head coach Chris Feist hoped for at the state wrestling championships Feb. 16.

Still, before the finals, Feist said he felt good about what the Bears had accomplished and he was particularly proud of the senior class. That group never lost a South Puget Sound League North dual meet, had won four straight sub-regional and regional titles, taken second, ninth, first and second at state.

A trio of Tahoma wrestlers competed in their respective weight class finals at Mat Classic XXV, the state championship tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

Tim Whitehead took on Timmy Martinez in the 120 pound final. The first two periods ended without either wrestler scoring then early in the third Martinez scored three quick points before going on to defeat Whitehead, 4-2, for the title.

Gabe Boynay represented the Bears in the 132 pound title match against Colton Orrino from Central Valley. Orrino was on the attack from the outset, scoring a takedown 14 seconds into the match and taking a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period en route to an 8-3 win over Boynay.

And Matt Hopkins worked to bring home an individual crown against Yelm’s Dillon Harris in the 195 final. Hopkins and Harris battled into a triple overtime match until Harris prevailed 2-1, with both points scored on escapes. It was a heartbreaking finish for the senior and the Bears to end what was otherwise a stellar season.

Heading into the finals, Tahoma was in second place in the 4A team title hunt behind Lake Stevens, which had tallied 150 points to the Bears’ 120. The Vikings finished the two-day event with 162 points. Tahoma won the 4A state championship a year ago.

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. Before the final rounds, Cassidy Meyers said she was proud of her brothers, which may have helped ease the sting of her finish after she won a state title a year ago. She hopes to return to Mat Classic next year to watch her younger brothers compete.

Also placing for the Conquerors was Josh Boekelman, who took seventh at 170, closing out his tournament with a win.


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