Tornados continue to take down their competition

Kitsap SunFebruary 16, 2014 

— Yelm High School paired depth and star power to win the team championship at Saturday’s Class 4A Region I wrestling tournament at Central Kitsap High School.

The Tornados, who won last week’s Narrows League tournament, scored 221 points to outdistance runner-up Lake Stevens High School, which scored 187.

Darren Harris (120 pounds), Tanner Page (138) and Brandon Rochester (152) each won individual titles for Yelm.

Harris pinned David Garcia of Cascade (Everett) in 2 minutes, 33 seconds; Page won, 10-4, against South Kitsap’s Joel Sherman; and Rochester blanked Mount Vernon’s Rafael Ibarra, 3-0.

The Tornados will send 10 wrestlers to Mat Classic XXVI at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday.

Lake Stevens crowned four regional champions: Michael Soler (113), Jake Douglas (126), Noah Cuzzetto (132) and Cody Vigoren (196).

The Vikings matched Yelm with 10 state qualifiers.

Bellarmine Prep finished eighth with 51 points and is sending three to Mat Classic.

Jed Klein took fourth place in the 106-pound weight class, Hunter Taylor placed third at 170 pounds and Elliot Villars grabbed second place at 220 pounds.

Olympia was 11th in team results with 37 points and is sending two wrestlers to the state tournament.

Logan Pine took third place in the 138-pound weight class, and Alex Grant finished in fourth place, losing to Alex Fairhurst of Snohomish High School at 220.

Gig Harbor’s Blake Moser placed second in the 182-pound weight class for the Tides, who finished in 15th place.

Saturday’s fifth-place finishers will wrestle a pig-tail match against the fifth-place finishers of the Class 4A Region III wrestling tournament Friday morning at Mat Classic.

The winners will earn a berth in the state tournament.

Five wrestlers from Yelm, one Bellarmine Prep wrestler (120-pounder Josiah Mayo) and one Olympia wrestler (195-pounder Jackson Smith) placed fifth.

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