South Pierce County high schools are sending 25 competitors to this weekend’s state wrestling championships in Tacoma.
Bethel’s 11 entries will be one of the largest delegations in the 3A tournament, Eatonville’s six wrestlers in the 2A competition will be evenly divided between boys and girls, and Graham-Kapowsin has eight contestants in the 4A tourney, all at the Tacoma Dome starting Friday. The championship rounds of Mat Classic XXX will be held Saturday.
Qualifying for the state fields was completed last weekend in regional meets. Here is who’s in:
Graham-Kapowsin advanced five boys, headed by Lane Holland, who won the 126-pound title in the 4A Region 3 action at Eisenhower High in Yakima. He beat Jose Campos of Sunnyside in the finals.
Chad Simonson and Chris Sparks finished second at 145 and 220 pounds, respectively, and Noah Cortez and Connor White-Shrum placed fourth at 106 and 286.
EATONVILLE AND G-K GIRLS
The Region 2 girls tournament at Decatur High in Federal Way Feb. 9-10 ended with three qualifiers from Eatonville and three from Graham-Kapowsin.
Making it from Eatonville were Allyson Estes (fourth at 100 pounds) Madison Jumper (fifth at 190), and Olivia Branson (sixth at 115).
The G-K delegation consists of Gail Valencia (second at 125), Joanna Vanderwood (sixth at 110 pounds), and Gemma Copeland (sixth at 135).
Bethel advanced one of the largest groups statewide. The 11 Braves who made the grade iln the 3A regional meet at Gig Harbor High includes Devyn Sweem, who won the 138-pound class by pinning Mikay Ye of Wilson in the title match, 106-pounder Donnie Krissak (second place), Coty Chabot and Ryan Brown (third place at 113 and 120), Owen Burger (second at 126), Zyles Blas (sixth at 132), 145-pound runnerup Gar Rodside, David Shaulis and Josh Walker (third at 152 and 160), fourth-place finisher Jacob Olson (182), and Ethan Calapp (third at 285).
Eatonville’s boys who made it through the 2A regional meet at Fife High were Justin Mann, who finished third at 285 pounds, Gage Olsen at 152 pounds (fourth place), and 160-pound Tanner Haugen (fifth).