High School Sports

The News Tribune’s 2015 state wrestling Untouchables

FRED GREEN (138)

Orting (2A), senior, 42-3 (162-15 career)

Green got the nickname “Simba” his freshman year when he spotted a butterfly at a tournament and started chasing it. Apparently he looked just like Simba from “The Lion King” and it stuck. It might have also symbolized the passing of the torch from Orting four-time state champion Drew Templeman, a senior that year, to Green, who can win his fourth state title this weekend and make Orting the first school in WIAA history with two four-time state champs. “Fred is the type of kid that, even when we went to Ohio (for the Walsh Ironman Tournament in December), we had a match and he was getting beat up a little bit and I hadn’t seen him get handled like that, but he just went big for it,” Orting coach Jody Coleman said. “Even though Fred was outmatched, I still thought he might end up getting him.”

DARREN HARRIS (120)

Yelm (4A), senior, 25-0 (119-7 career)

Harris will always have that ‘What if?’ What if he hadn’t been pinned in the 2013 113-pound state title match? Harris might have been vying to join the four-time state-champion club this year. But at the same time, would it have fueled Harris to where he is now? He has 110 pins for his career heading into Mat Classic this weekend, which Yelm coach Gaylord Strand said is the state career record. “You don’t run across kids like this often,” Strand said. “And as a coach, you just try to ride the wave until it’s over and enjoy it while you can.”

TIMMY MARTINEZ (132)

Pasco (4A), 42-2 (159-13 career)

Don’t ask Martinez where he’s ranked, how many pins he has, or the big names he’s beaten. He’s not one to get caught up in all the hoopla, and it’s partly why he’s so composed on the mat. “He doesn’t go out there and say, ‘I have to win this match,’ ” Pasco coach Jay Covington said. “He just focuses on his hips his technique. A lot of coaches like to scout opponents. With Timmy, we just focus on what we do well.” Covington said that Martinez, also the school’s ASB President, doesn’t rely on muscle, rather focusing on his hips and body position. He’ll be vying for his third state title this weekend.

TATE ORNDORFF (285)

University (3A), senior, 34-1 (134-19 career)

Orndorff is different from other heavyweights. Not just because of his No. 6 national ranking by Flowrestling, or that his father, Dave, was an NCAA All-American at Oregon State (where Tate has signed) or even that he will do a two-year mission with the LDS church before heading there. Few heavyweight wrestlers shoot, but Orndorff does. “I’m always shooting,” Orndorff said. “I’m pretty offensive, I guess.” Orndorff pinned every opponent he faced on his way to the 285-pound state title (he has 100 total pins for his career). His only loss this year came against fifth-ranked Kevin Vough of Elyria, Ohio, in December at the Walsh Ironman Invitational in Ohio.

IZAEC QUINTANILLA (160)

North Central (3A), senior, 36-0 (150-11 career)

Quintanilla (pronounced kent-a-nezzia) has been scintillating the past two years, winning back-to-back state titles. But this year? The Wisconsin signee is unbeaten, improving his career record to 150-11, won his third Tri-State title, won the Rockwell Rumble in Orem, Utah, and earned All-American honors at the Junior National Greco Duals in Oklahoma City. “He has the attitude that he wants to completely dominate every aspect of the match,” North Central coach Luke Leifer said. “He’s a bit OCD. He gets mad at himself if he doesn’t totally destroy somebody.” It runs in the family. Quintanilla’s younger brother, Clai, won the 106-pound state title as a freshman last year.

CODY VIGOREN (195)

Lake Stevens (4A), senior, 42-3 (135-24 career)

Vigoren doesn’t even have the most state titles on his own team. That belongs to Michael Soler, who at 132 pounds could be Lake Stevens’ first three-time state champ since Josh Heinzer (2008-2010). But Vigoren might have the highest ceiling of any Lake Stevens wrestler, only this year committing to wrestling after once envisioning a career as a catcher in baseball. The Wyoming signee and two-time Untouchable hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent since his sophomore year. “(He’s a) team captain and outstanding kid,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “Easily one of the best leaders we’ve ever had.”

CHRISTIAN VILLANI (152)

Bellevue (3A), senior, 26-1 (120-4 career)

Relentless. Nonstop. Aggressive. They might as well be synonyms for Christian Villani. “He’s a hammer when he gets on top,” Bellevue coach Kyle Smith said. “He’s really explosive. He can bash people pretty quick.” Injuries have slowed him down, including a hyperextended elbow his sophomore year, a back injury heading into Mat Classic last year and an ankle injury suffered on the final takedown of his 20-7 win over Decatur’s Isaiah Diggs (the 138-pound state champ last year) at the Hammerhead Invitational. But he’s 100 percent heading into Mat Classic, this time, and he might be going for the fourth state title of his career is he hadn’t missed weight at regionals his freshman year.

DALTON YOUNG (120)

Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls (1A), sophomore, 41-0 (76-0 career)

Sure Young is – well – young. But he’s already a three-time All-American in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. He hasn’t lost a state match in career – taking the 113-pound title at Mat Classic last year with pins in three of his four matches. Oh, and he’s got a 4.0 grade-point average, and makes it to 6 a.m. weight room sessions more often than his coach does . “He can be a bit robotic,” Lakeside coach Brad Perry said. “He is so dedicated to what he does in the wrestling arena and in the classroom. He’s established himself as a leader.”

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