Bonney Lake duo have different celebrations, same joy at Mat Classic

Staff writerFebruary 22, 2014 

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 Kelso’s 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 – Kelso’s 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.

Other developments:

— Last season, Vashon’s 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 Highland’s 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 didn’t want to be 92 pounds forever.”

— It’s never too early to think about winning four state titles. Puyallup’s Jordyn Bartelson began that process in earnest after she pinned Kingston’s 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 wasn’t the only former champ to grab another title Saturday.

The other girls who returned to the first-place podium were Beamer’s Arian Carpio (pin in 2:54 at 124 for her second championship); Centralia’s Ryan Gibbons (pin in 3:14 at 190 for her third); and Enumclaw’s KC Moulden (pin in 54 seconds at 235 for her second).

Todd Milles: 253-597-8442; todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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