The night could not have gone better for Decatur’s 120-pounder Trysten Dawson at the Class 3A South Puget Sound League subregionals in Auburn Mountainview.
Dawson, a senior and the No. 4-ranked wrestler in his weight class, took it to Auburn Mountainview freshman Brahm Trujillo in the finals.
After losing to No. 2-ranked Trujillo earlier in the season, Dawson used his veteran savvy to gain a 15-5 victory over his younger opponent.
“(Last time) he liked to hang on my head,” Dawson said. “I just rolled away every time he went for my head … he couldn’t respond.”
That’s the difference between the experience of a senior compared with a freshman, Lions coach Adam French said.
“(Dawson’s) a heck of a wrestler,” French said. “He just used his experience against Trujillo that never allowed him to have any good footing.”
Dawson said it took more than just savvy to beat Trujillo.
With a 4-1 lead in the first period, Dawson started outmuscling the younger Trujillo and forced his opponent to the mat.
“I turned all the aggression inside of me and used it against him,” Dawson said. “I was pretty angry the whole match.”
Dawson’s victory helped the Decatur team finish in first place with 344.5 points. Bonney Lake (238) was second and Enumclaw (231) finished third.
One of the evening’s top matches came in the 285-pound championship, which featured a pair of “maulers,” as Auburn Mountainview’s Dakota Weir likes to call his fellow 285-pounders.
“It’s what our weight class is about,” he said.
After Weir, a senior, sized up his opponent, David Smith of Bonney Lake, in the first period, he decided it was time to prove he was the alpha on the mat.
Weir pinned Smith at the 2-minute, 35-second mark in the second period.
“Once I get on top, I just pressured him and used all my weight so he couldn’t get up,” Weir said. “I spread his legs so he couldn’t use his base and pushed him forward and down. … I wanted to use my weight so he couldn’t get up.”
In the 182-pound class, top-ranked Chili Sabin of Bonney Lake dismantled his opponent, Wyley Stewart of Enumclaw, pinning him at 3:47.
“I knew (Stewart) was real strong, so I just used my feet and kept moving,” Sabin said. “He was hanging his head in the second round, so I just ran him right over and gained a near fall. … When he hanged his head again, I just (finished) it.”
It’s not a surprise to Bonney Lake coach Tony Clarke that Sabin was able to capitalize on his opponent’s mistake.
It’s something the Panthers have become used to.
“We call him ‘Window,’” Clarke said. “He knows how to use his little windows of opportunities. He does a great job of anticipating very small windows. … It’s just years and years of experience.”
If Sabin advances beyond the regional tournament next week, he’ll likely be a favorite to win a state championship at the Mat Classic.