Decatur junior Leviticus Arizpe pinned his opponent in 2 minutes, 20 seconds to claim first place in the 132-pound finals Saturday at the Class 4A SPSL North sub-regional wrestling tournament at Kent-Meridian High School — but not without consequence.
“I put my heart into it, and also my face,” he said, sporting a split lip and a small gash beneath his right eye.
Arizpe, who placed fifth at 126 pounds at the state tournament in 2014, was one of many wrestlers to sustain injuries during the final round. The level of intensity and desire to win left many with bruises, muscle strains, or nose bleeds.
And, when the scrapping stopped, it wasn’t Arizpe’s team that finished at the top. He and fellow Decatur champions, Zach Berry (145) and Isaiah Diggs (152), watched first place slip away as Tahoma barreled to 368.5 points after leading by 8.5 at the end of Friday. Decatur finished a distant second with 314.5 points, and Kentwood took third with 264.5 points.
“We came into this tournament expecting to win,” Tahoma coach Chris Feist said. “We thought it would be pretty close, and it was for the first day-and-a-half, but we had a real quality second line.”
Tahoma finished in at least the top three in 10 of the 14 weight classes, with first-place finishes by Nick Whitehead (120), Justin Sipila (126), and Adam Hokenson (195). One of Tahoma’s few losses on the afternoon was in the final match between 285-pounders Kingston Suka of Tahoma and Tanner Torr of Kent-Meridian. The wrestlers were locked at 2-2 through regulation, before Torr edged Suka by a 3-2 decision in triple overtime.
“The momentum is awesome, being able to win in triple overtime like that,” Torr said. “I’m tired as heck, but it’s worth it. All the hard work has really paid off.
“It’s not the beginning of the season anymore, everyone’s well rounded. Everyone’s a threat, you can’t take anyone lightly.”
Torr will try to carry that momentum into the 4A Region 3 Tournament, which begins Saturday at Kent-Meridian. Tahoma, which placed fifth as a team at the state tournament last year, will do the same. The top five finishers from each weight class will face off against the top three finishers from the Greater St. Helen’s League.
“We’re going to see a lot of great wrestling next weekend, and, like this last finals match, every point counts,” Feist said. “You can’t just wrestle the match, you have to wrestle every period and every second to get those opportunities to score just one point, because that’s the difference-maker.”
4A SPSL SOUTH
The Wilsons of Rogers were born to wrestle, beating Bethel’s Springsteens at Curtis High School in a pair of matches, but the Braves still thundered to the title in the team race.
Bethel won the Class 4A SPSL South sub-regional with 320.5 points to Graham-Kapowsin’s 245. Rogers finished third with 243.5 points and Curtis was fourth with 239.5.
Troy Wilson beat Dante Springsteen, 11-4, in the 152-pound finals . Ty Wilson, Troy’s brother, won the 145-pound title by injury default over Phillip Springsteen.
All were state competitors last year. Troy Wilson placed third in the 138-pound class as a sophomore last year, and Ty Wilson, also as a sophomore, was seventh at 145. Phillip Springsteen, a junior, was fourth in the 126-pound class and Dante Springsteen, a sophomore, didn’t place in the 132 class.
Bethel got wins in the finals Saturday from Eli TeuTeu at 195 and Tyrese Tate at 220.
The top four from each weight class advanced to the Class 4A Region I Tournament Saturday at Snohomish High School.
Auburn took the team title with 289 points to Enumclaw’s 229.5 and Bonney Lake’s 221 in its own gym. Auburn’s Cole Washburn took first at the 160 pounds, Mario Luevano won at 220 and Jacob Apodaca at 285.
Enumclaw’s Kyle Opland won at 113 and Hunter Haney won at 126. Lakes’ Andrew Ramirez won at 132 and Peninsula’s Zach Goddard at 152. The Class 3A Region 3 Tournament is Saturday at Bonney Lake High School.
Since when do both Fred Green and Ben Gore place second in the same tournament?
Officially, they took second, but Orting coach Jody Coleman said it was more for seeding purposes than anything. Green, Orting’s three-time defending state champion, and Gore, a sophomore already with a 120-pound state title, took injury defaults to teammates Reid Pedder and Rex Dunn at the 2A SPSL sub-regional tournament at Franklin Pierce.
Orting cruised to first place with 387 points, while Washington was second with 224.5 and the Cardinals advanced 15 wrestlers to the Class 2A Region 2 Tournament on Saturday at River Ridge High School.