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Falcon wrestlers find success on the mats

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Falcon freshman Kylie Mejia looks to pin her Newport opponent during the initial Lumberyard Brawl held at Woodinville High School Jan. 11. Brian Swan photo

The Falcons took down all four opponents they faced last week to run their overall record to 8-2 on the season.

Woodinville dominated Inglemoor 63-12 and Bothell 64-13 in a double-dual confrontation on Jan. 7, and then slipped past Newport 41-40, and found little resistance from Interlake, 51-30 in double-dual action Jan. 9. 

The meet with Newport was tied at 40 after all matches were finished, but Woodinville won on criteria by giving up fewer forfeits.

“Brogan Turner and Robbie Northwick are two first-year wrestlers who had big come from behind wins in our duals,” Coach Todd Christensen said. “Jonathan Ruana, Simon Swan, and Ben Smith were all undefeated in the duals this past week.”

Woodinville hosted the Lumberyard Brawl on Saturday, a tournament specifically targeting JV and girl wrestlers. Over 80 grapplers from Liberty, Newport, Bothell, Inglemoor, Kent-Meridian, Issaquah, Mariner, and Woodinville wrestled three or four matches each in a round-robin format. The idea according to Coach Christensen is to give new wrestlers, many who are also new to the sport, a chance to get more matches.

“It was a great day of wrestling with six other schools bringing wrestlers,” Christensen said. “We put this tournament together last month, but we plan on making it an annual event.

“We need entry-level tournaments to grow the sport. For a lot of these wrestlers, the matches are the highlight of the year. So the more we can get them involved in competitions the more likely they are to come back next year. To have a great program, we have to build our JV team and this is an event to help that.”

Christensen added he saw a bunch of freshman wrestling great matches during the Brawl.

“They were competing with other athletes at their level and doing a great job,” he said. “All of our coaches noticed that our young wrestlers have improved in huge jumps this year. That points to an exciting future for Woodinville Wrestling.” 

Next up for the Falcons is a double dual against Mount Si and Mercer Island when Woodinville takes part in the Marysville Premier tournament at Marysville-Pilchuck High on Saturday morning, Jan. 18. The action gets underway at 9:30.

Woodinville’s Matthew Lopez moves in for a
single leg takedown. Brian Swan photo

 

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