Bonney Lake High School sophomore Yusief Lillie (113 pounds in 3A) and senior Brenden Chaowanapibool (120 in 3A) repeated as state champions at the Tacoma Dome, as did several more wrestlers around the South Sound.
For the first time since the boys tournaments split into five classifications, the state-championship team winners all came from the east — Chiawana (Class 4A), Mount Spokane (3A), Toppenish (2A), Colville (1A) and Tonasket (2B/1B).
Once a standout for Vashon High School, St. Germain ended his high school career in the light-blue singlet of Curtis High School, putting on a convincing performance in the championship finals. He finishes his career as a three-time champion.
For the second consecutive season, the 4A NPSL champion Chargers got to lift the bidistrict trophy following a double-digit win over 4A SPSL champion Bellarmine Prep, upending the Lions late for a 75-64 win.
It was a busier first day of the state wrestling championships than usual. Because of the weather-related cancellations of regional tournaments throughout the state, this Mat Classic was expanded to 32-wrestler brackets.