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Everything you need to know ahead of the state wrestling championships at the Tacoma Dome

Bonney Lake's Brandon Kaylor wrestles Mt. Spokane's Blake Haney in the 3A 113 pound championship match at Mat Classic XXIX at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Bonney Lake's Brandon Kaylor wrestles Mt. Spokane's Blake Haney in the 3A 113 pound championship match at Mat Classic XXIX at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, February 18, 2017. jbessex@gateline.com

STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS at MAT CLASSIC XXX

Friday-Saturday, Tacoma Dome

2017 team winners:

4A – Tahoma.

3ABonney Lake.

2A – Toppenish.

1A – Granger.

2B/1B – Tonasket.

Girls – Yelm.

Returning local champions:

4AKione Gill, Tahoma, sr. (won at 195 last year, now at 220).

3A – Brenden Chaowanapibool, Bonney Lake, jr. (106/113); Brandon Kaylor, Bonney Lake, sr. (113/120); JJ Dixon, Lincoln, sr. (182/195); Sam Peterson, Bonney Lake, sr. (220).

2AAlex Cruz, Orting, sr. (126/138); Nate Moore, White River, jr. (145/152); Cy Hicks, Tumwater, sr. (285).

Girls – Flor (Jasmine) Parker-Borrero, Lakes, sr. (145).

Schedule:

Friday - Session I (first-round matches) is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Session II (quarterfinal and consolation matches) is 3:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Saturday – Session III (semifinal and all non-championship medal matches) is 9:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Session IV (championship finals) is 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Scouting report:

4A – Defending state champion and Region II winner Tahoma has both the depth (13 wrestlers to state) and quality (defending state champion Gill) to make another championship run, although Lake Stevens (Region I winner with 14 wrestlers in state, including returning state champion Malachi Lawrence) and South Kitsap (Region III winner with nine wrestlers in state, including favorites Sebastian Robles at 152, and Mason Eaglin at 170) should be right in the hunt as well.

3A – You will rarely see a better run of lightweights that defending state champion Bonney Lake boasts with ninth grader Yusief Lillie (106), Chaowanapibool (113) and Kaylor (120). If the Panthers want to hold off Mount Spokane (Region IV winner with 12 wrestlers at state, including four regional champions), they need to strike early, then hope for the best – at least until Peterson takes the mat at 220.

2A – Last season, a young White River squad placed third behind Toppenish and Orting. Now, the Hornets have arrived as the tournament favorites, bringing 13 wrestlers from their Region III title winning squad to the Tacoma Dome. Moore (152), Mason Sabin (182) and Ryan Redford (195) are ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes. … Two-time defending 2A champion Toppenish is bringing the same haul to Tacoma as last season – 10 wrestlers, including four regional champions.

1A – The state champion will likely be crowned from Region IV – Deer Park (11 state-bound wrestlers) or Colville (10 wrestlers). The Indians won the regional crown, 212-204½.

2B/1B – With 18 state participants, including defending 2B/1B champions Chris Rivera, Garrett Wilson and Isaac Gomez, Tonasket is a heavy favorite to defend its state title. The Tigers scored 334 points in their regional.

Girls – Before Yelm, the last three schools (Sedro-Woolley, Warden, Grandview) all defended its state titles the year after winning. The No. 1 Tornados have six wrestlers at Mat Classic, led by Phoenix Dubose (115) and Carly Smith (130).

Tickets: Single day is $17 for adults, $13 for students/senior citizens. Tournament passes are $30 for adults, $23 for students/senior citizens.

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