The championship moment was memorable. The act of graciousness was unforgettable.
Needless to say, it was a magical farewell night for Orting High School’s Fred Green at Mat Classic 27 in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday.
The Cardinals senior finished off a feat few ever are in position to accomplish — win four WIAA state high school wrestling championships. He defeated Bremerton’s Cameron Dubos, 12-0, to win the Class 2A title at 138 pounds.
Green also was part of a banner night for The News Tribune’s “Untouchables.” Seven of the eight wrestlers — Green, Yelm’s Darren Harris (4A 120), University’s Tate Orndorff (3A 285), North Central’s Izaec Quintanilla (3A 160), Lake Stevens Cody Vigoren (4A 195), Bellevue’s Christian Villani (3A 152) and Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls Dalton Young (1A 120) — defended their state titles.
Only Pasco’s Timmy Martinez went down – 5-4 to Lake Stevens’ Michael Soler in a matchup of two-time state champions in the 132 finals of 4A.
It had been 13 years since 17-time state champion Moses Lake had won a Mat Classic team title. The Chiefs ended their dry spell with 117 points, edging defending 4A champion Lake Stevens (113).
In fact, no school defended its team title. The shockers came in 3A where North Central was upended by Enumclaw (110-108.5), and Clarkston blitzed 2A co-favorites Toppenish and Orting by running away with its first state crown.
The night belonged to Green, who not only became the 12th boy to win a fourth state title, but he and Drew Templeman (2009-12) became the first set of teammates to become four-time champions.
Green tried for the pin early against Dubos. He ended up getting near-fall points in the second and third periods to win convincingly.
As he hugged coach Jody Coleman and the rest of the assistants afterward, a pair of former four-timers four-time champs, Tonasket’s Martin Mitchell and Kelso’s Brandon Sitch, came over to welcome Green, a Boise State signee, to the fraternity.
“Those four-timers before me, I looked up to them. They accomplished something I could only dream of,” Green said. “To be part of their club, that is just unbelievable.”
Added Coleman: “People really respect him because he is just a good person, on and off the mat, to all kids. He always carries himself like a man should, in wins and losses. He shows really good sportsmanship.”
In the 4A team race, Moses Lake and Lake Stevens went back and forth all weekend. What it eventually came down to was the Chiefs’ final wrestler — junior Hudson Mauseth in the 160 finals.
Mauseth got the decisive takedown with five seconds to go to edge Union’s Micheal Snediker, 7-4.
“Our community needed it,” Chiefs coach Jaime Garza said. “I am glad we are back on top.”
This particular Mat Classic will also be remembered for its sibling ties, especially locally, in the championship finals.
The Wilson twins from Rogers High School — Troy at 145, and Ty at 152 — both competed for 4A titles, with drastically different outcomes.
Troy’s night ended in a controversial finish. Up 2-0 early against Sunnyside’s Diego Castaneda, Troy got turned on his back with 25 seconds remaining in the first round.
He appeared close to surviving the round, but the referee counted him out for a fall right as clock buzzer sounded.
Immediately, Rogers coach Dave Johnston protested, arguing the pin came after time expired. After a brief huddle, the two on-mat referees declared it a victory for Castaneda by pin.
“Tough call,” Johnston said. “Not sure.”
Then came Ty’s turn, and he was in with reigning 3A champion Isaiah Diggs of Decatur in an all-4A SPSL finals.
Ty took a 7-2 lead, only to see Diggs fight back to cut it to 7-6 with 20 seconds remaining.
Diggs tried for one final takedown, but was caught flush, and turned on his back for a quick pin with .7 of a second remaining for the 152 title.
“It is tough living with a twin who does the same sport,” Ty Wilson said. “But after a loss, it is on to the next match — even if it is my brother. I knew I had to get my (work) done.”
On two separate mats, the Ramirez brother-sister duo also went for state championships for Lakes High School.
Anesia Ramirez was up first in the girls’ 115 class. She allowed a takedown late in the first period, and eventually lost a 3-0 decision to Davis High School’s Cameron Guerin.
Soon after the match, she ran over to where her brother, Andrew, was warming up for his 132 finals match with Edmonds-Woodway’s Hiram Martin.
He tapped her on the head as he stared ahead. Once he took the mat, he dominated from the get-go, earning a technical fall in 4:11 (15-0 decision).
“That was pretty tough (seeing her emotional after a loss),” Andrew Ramirez said. “I had to stay calm and finish my match first, then talk to her afterward.”