Among Mat Classic XXVI celebrations, Bonney Lake High School had both a hurdler and a hugger.
Colton Tracy and Chili Sabin chased down their dreams Saturday night, capturing their first state wrestling titles as seniors. Tracy, a three-time finalist, finally snagged that elusive title with a hard-earned 9-7 victory over Kelsos Tyler Wicken in the Class 3A 132-pound championship match.
Ninety minutes later, Sabin matched the feat, blanking 3A South Puget Sound League rival Wyley Stewart of Enumclaw, 6-0, in the 182 finals in the Tacoma Dome.
Both celebrated, but with different flair. An emotional Tracy hopped over the 4-foot outside fence and sprinted to the upper deck to hug his mother, Janet.
Also there was his older brother, Addison, who won a 3A title in 2009.
I was in seventh grade when he won and I was crying up in the stands, Tracy said. I wanted to be down here and win it for myself.
Tracy lost in the state finals in 2011 and 2012 to the same wrestler Kelsos Josh Newberg and placed third a season ago.
The past few weeks, it has been a challenge mentally, Tracy said. Three days ago I got a really calm feeling, and I knew that I was going to go and do this.
While Tracy took time nursing some of his emotional scars, Sabin had dealt with enough physical injuries to make any wrestler a little hesitant.
Midway through the season, he sprained a ligament in his right knee. And last week, before regionals, he separated a couple of ribs in practice.
During that match, there were times (the ribs) were killing me, Sabin said. I changed up my style a little bit so I stuck with a lot of front headlocks.
Maybe that is why he chose a simple embrace with the Panthers coaching staff after his biggest tournament win.
Last season, Vashons Chase Wickman was the only 92-pound wrestler in the 106 division. He got as far as he could the 1A semifinals.
But on Saturday, he reached the pinnacle, throttling Highlands David Peterson, 7-3, in the 106 finals to avenge his loss in the 2013 state championships.
Big difference, said Wickman, who gained nearly 15 pounds in a year. I didnt want to be 92 pounds forever.
Its never too early to think about winning four state titles. Puyallups Jordyn Bartelson began that process in earnest after she pinned Kingstons Peyton Reece in 5 minutes, 42 seconds to repeat as champion in the girls 118-pound weight class.
But one step at a time, the Vikings sophomore said.
Bartelson wasnt the only former champ to grab another title Saturday.
The other girls who returned to the first-place podium were Beamers Arian Carpio (pin in 2:54 at 124 for her second championship); Centralias Ryan Gibbons (pin in 3:14 at 190 for her third); and Enumclaws KC Moulden (pin in 54 seconds at 235 for her second).
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