High School Sports

Vashon’s Wickman wins 120-pound Rock Tournament title

Around these parts, the holy trinity of Pirates wrestling is well accepted.

Win Tri-State in Idaho early in the season. Win the WIAA state championships at Mat Classic in February. And win the home invitational — the Rock Tournament — during the winter holiday.

Vashon junior Chase Wickman is two-thirds of the way there.

Wickman dominated Montesano’s Jacob Ellefson, 8-2, to win the 120-pound weight class at the 26th annual Rock Tournament in his own gymnasium Tuesday.

A month ago, he won the 113 class at Tri-State, becoming just the third Vashon wrestler to win that prestigious tournament title. And if he can win the Class 1A title at that same weight — he’s a heavy favorite — he will become just the second wrestler from his school to sweep all three events.

Evan Mattingly was the first Pirates wrestler to win all three tournaments — in 2003-04.

“State is No. 1,” said Wickman, who captured the 1A 106 title last season. “Winning Tri-State is up there. And so is this.”

Wickman has taken another huge step in his development as a junior. Vashon coach Anders Blomgren noted his standout is more “confident in his movement” on the mat, and is asking more pertinent questions about the sport with each passing day.

He moved up to 120 for his home tournament Tuesday, and took on Ellefson, who finished third in the state championships last season.

The two met in a dual meet a month ago — won 3-2 by Wickman.

This time it wasn’t nearly as close.

After getting the upper hand on Ellefson on the outer circle early in the match but not getting takedown points, Wickman just finally pulled a good old-fashioned tackle of his opponent in the Montesano corner for an early 2-0 lead.

He then pulled away in the third period with a pair of takedowns and a reversal.

“I’ve pretty much been on my ‘A game,’ ” Wickman said. “It is a confidence thing. I believe in myself.”

Wickman then watched close friend and Team Washington freestyle teammate Dalton Young of Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls win his first Rock title, winning a 6-3 decision over La Center’s Derick Tollen.

Tollen hung tight, trailing just 3-2 late in the second period. But in the final round, he tried going airborne to tackle Young high. It didn’t work — Young caught him, turned him and recorded the match-clinching takedown.

“I don’t know what that kid was doing,” said Young, a two-time Tri-State champion.

Rochester’s Lucas Eastman, the reigning 1A champion at 152, has really enjoyed his trips to the island. He won his third consecutive Rock title Tuesday by pinning Montesano’s Kylar Prante in 1:26 for the 170 title.

Eastman made a decision not to play football his senior season in order to concentrate on wrestling. And he certainly looked in championship form, pinning all three of his opponents Tuesday in the first round.

“This is a pretty good tournament. I bumped up a weight class to get in better condition,” Eastman said. “Right now, I feel pretty confident.”