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Falcon grapplers look to make strides on the mat

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
The Woodinville High School Wrestling Team

 

The addition of Shaman Wicklund to the Falcons wrestling coaching staff has Head Coach Todd Christensen envisioning brighter things for the program this season. 

“The last couple of seasons, we have had a few very good individual contributors—having a state placer each of the past two years and taking five to state last year. Unfortunately, a low turnout has made it very difficult to compete as a team,” Christensen said. 

“Last year we tied three dual, but lost each on criteria and finished last in the conference. This year, we have added a new coach —Shaman Wicklund, the SRO (student resource officer) at WHS, and he has done a great job recruiting both boys and girls”

Christensen said the turnout this season is three times the previous years and adds, “We have a legitimate girl’s turnout for the first time as well.”

Looking to set the standard the boy’s squad is returning state competitors Jonathan Ruana and Simon Swan.

“Both are providing a lot of leadership, as is Mikai Peltzer who is a solid competitor,” Christensen said. “Because the girls are so new, it’s a different situation. Ruby Kopet and Nicole Bass are super strong people and they’ve stepped into a leadership role for us. Also, Ella Chicken and Kylie Mejias are two freshmen bringing wrestling experience on the girl’s side.”

The Falcons stiffest conference competition again this season, Christensen said, is the always tough Issaquah Eagles.

“They have been the class of KingCo for the past several years. Each year, they’re challenged hard by a team or two, but they’re consistently at the top,” he said. “They get a lot of kids into wrestling, they’re tough on the mat—very competitive, and they wrestle their best at the Kingco tournament.”

The Woodinville wrestling teams open their schedule with a dual meet against Inglemoor and Bothell at Inglemoor High School Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Visit www.kingcoathletics.com for their complete schedule.

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