Usually if you can survive the 2A South Puget Sound League in wrestling, you can survive any contest.
That includes the Class 2A Region III championships Saturday night at Steilacoom High School.
And that very well could carry over into next weekend’s Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome.
The 2A SPSL swept the podium Saturday as Orting (160.5 points) outlasted runner-up Sumner (135) and third-place Fife (131) for the regional team title.
The Cardinals went 5-for-5 in the finals, too, getting wins from ninth-grader Ben Gore at 120 pounds; junior Fred Green at 126; senior Michael Moniz at 145; sophomore Rico Ybarra at 152; and sophomore Hunter Mullins at 220.
“This team is a little different than ones where we’ve had in the past when we’ve had a lot of kids medaling at state,” Orting coach Jody Coleman said. “This team’s push is to get kids in the finals, and try and take the (Tacoma) Dome through the front door.”
Green is a reigning two-time state champion who tuned up for a run at a third Mat Classic crown by pinning Sumner’s Travis Filleau in 1 minute, 59 seconds — one second before the second roud.
“I feel like I have done all that needs to be done,” Green said. “I’ve pushed myself to the limits, and I am more ready than ever.”
If there is one wrestler who has been all business this season, it has been Fife’s Glenn Robertson.
Robertson won the 2A title at 106 in 2012 as a sophomore, but he lost in the 120 state finals last season to Klahowya’s Adam Burchett, 10-3.
He says he is a better all-around wrestler now than he was two years ago, particularly on his feet. He dismantled River Ridge’s Daniel Montesa, 16-3, in the 132 finals Saturday.
“That is what I really lacked two years ago,” Robertson said. “On my feet, I can take kids down. On top, I get to them. And on bottom, I can get out.”
At least Robertson wasn’t coming off a week of small controversy like teammate Monike Sarte, the defending 2A champion at 285.
Sarte faced Franklin Pierce’s Mason Ready in the semifinals of the subdistrict tournament last weekend and was put on his back. Some thought he was close to being pinned.
Well, the rematch a week later was all Sarte. He pinned Ready 1:32 into the first round.
“Nobody is perfect, and I got caught (last week),” Sarte said. “All I did was work on staying in good position today, and it worked out.”
LAKES EDGES TOP-RANKED PUYALLUP FOR GIRLS TITLE
Lakes, ranked No. 12 in the state in girls wrestling, pulled off a shocker Saturday, edging No. 1 Puyallup for its first regional team title.
The Lancers got tournament wins from Sienna Ramirez at 100 pounds and Kiaya Van Scoyoc at 170.
Of course, they got a little help, too.
Puyallup had a chance to pull ahead late, but White River’s Hannah Lewandowski shut the door by pinning Vikings’ senior Jasmine Tuilaepa at 190 in 5:32.
Puyallup did crown a pair of champions in Haley Franich (106) and Jordyn Bartelson (118).
Bartelson, the defending state champion at 118, found herself in a rare position Saturday night against Kingston’s Peyton Reece, the sister of regining three-time state champion Bobby Reece.
Up 9-0 late in the second round, Bartelson was suddenly turned from the top and put on her back with 30 seconds to go.
She survived the round and went on to post a 12-5 decision.
“She just caught me,” Bartelson said. “I heard my coaches tell me (how much time was left). I just didn’t want to get pinned.
“I feel pretty confident about next week, but I know anyone can beat you on any given day.”
Enumclaw’s KC Moulden, the state champion at 235, also won Saturday, pinning Franklin Pierce’s Julia Sylstad in 53 seconds.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 todd.milles@ thenewstribune.com