SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Forks came in first place at the Spud Walley Tournament, with 12 out of 14 Spartan wrestlers placing and five wrestlers winning their weight divisions.
There were 15 schools at the tournament and Forks was the only 1A school at the meet.
“I was pleased by the wrestling of all of the kids in the tournament. Our juniors did the bulk of the scoring, but that was expected. We also had freshmen who wrestled very well,” said coach Robert Wheeler.
“A noteworthy point to this performance is that I believe this group still has no idea what they are capable of accomplishing. We have a lot of work to do, but they could become a really dominating team which will also include the girls and JV who wrestled in Centralia and the ones who were not able to go to the tournaments this weekend,” Wheeler said.
Winning their weight divisions were Josue Lucas (113 pounds), Keith Thompson (138 pounds), Brett Moody (170 pounds), Shane Queen (182 pounds) and Luke Dahlgren (220 pounds).
Finishing second in their weight classes were Ariel Morales (126 pounds), Colton Duncan (132 pounds), Colby Demorest (160 pounds), Eden Cisneros (220 pounds), who was beaten by his teammate Dahlgren for the weight championship.
Other Forks wrestlers who placed were Thomas Jackson, who came in fourth at 285 pounds and Andres Santos-Delacruz, who came in sixth at 120 pounds and Hayden Baker, sixth at 145 pounds.
Forks ended up with 225 total points, well ahead of second-place Burlington-Edison’s 187.5.
Vashon at Port Townsend
PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend beat Vashon 40-34 in a meet Saturday.
The Redhawks actually won in more dominating fashion than the score indicates as Port Townsend forfeited in three weight classes. Counting matches actually held, the Redhawks won 40-16 over a team that finished 15th as a team at the state 1A Mat Classic last year.
Vashon had no girls on their team, so Port Townsend’s Kalista Hill and Ally Bradley wrestled against boys.
Port Townsend started off having to forfeit at 145 and 152 pounds and was immediately down. At 160 pounds, Gabe Petrick had a first-round pin, followed by a second-round pin by Dalen Ufford at 170 pounds, a second-round pin at 182 pounds by Dylan Tracer and a first-round pin by Ryan Caldwell at 195.
At 220 pounds, Kyle Caldwell won his match, outpointing his opponent 10-5 and Tucker Booth won his match at 285 pounds 6-0.
Bradley lost her match at 106, and then Carter Swartout won at 113 pounds by the score of 9-1. Ian Linn-Glsgow was pinned at 126, then Jesus Duran won with a first-round pin at 132 pounds and Hill lost in a pin at 138 pounds.
In all, the Redhawks won in eight out of 11 matches.
Coach Steve Grimm was happy with his 160-285 pounds wrestlers, who won six matches in a row, four of them by pin.
“They set the tone for the whole night. Our upper weights are very athletic and strong. Just when you think our stud horse just wrestled our next guy comes out and is even bigger and better,” he said.
Grimm said his wrestlers showed good fight, not giving up when they ended up on their backs. And he said a big, enthusiastic crowd came out to watch.
In junior varsity action, 160-Odin Smith (160 pounds) Wes Blue (170) and Troy McKelvey (170) all won by pin.
Port Townsend next wrestles at Klahowya at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The girls have an Olympic League dual at 7 p.m. Thursday in Sequim.