Wrestling: Beauregard places fifth at MatClassic

Sequim’s Cayden Beauregard ended his prep career among the top grapplers in the state, earning his first top-five finish at the MatClassic prep wrestling finals in Tacoma last week.

The SHS senior went 4-2 in the 113-pound weight bracket and placed fifth overall, one season after placing seventh at 106 pounds.

“I’m really proud; he has worked so hard this year,” Sequim coach Steve Chinn said. “He really kind of set the tempo for the team.”

With an estimated 39 wins this season, the Sequim wrestler may have set the mark for most wins in a season, Chinn noted.

Beauregard, who first qualified for the state tourney as a sophomore in 2022, opened this year’s tourney with an 11-3 win over Roberto Rivera-Jesus of Black Hills.

In the quarterfinals, Beauregard fell 4-1 to Othello senior Isaac Campos, who went on to place second overall.

Beauregard rebounded with a rout of Max Swetnam, defeating the Anacortes sophomore by technical fall (16-0). He added a 9-4 win over Agustin Gonzalez of Sedro-Wooley before losing a 4-3, overtime nail-biter to Daniel Gonzalez of Othello.

In the fifth-sixth place match, Beauregard got a tougher rematch from Rivera-Jesus but rode a first period takedown to a 3-1 victory.

“All this kid wanted to do was throw him,” Chinn said. “He didn’t give a takedown.”

Beauregard finishes his prep career with a 7-6 record in three state tournaments.

“He finished with a win; that’s cool,” Chinn said.

Orting (299.5 points) cruised to a 2A state title over Othello (120) and White River (103). On the strength of Beauregard’s finish, Sequim placed 34th with 11.5 points. North Kitsap was the Olympic League’s top team finisher, taking eight place with 64 points. Olympic was 10th and Port Angeles was 49th.

The end of the season is also the end of a coaching career for Chinn, who had stepped away from the sport but came back to help lead the Wolves following the death of SHS coach Charles (“Chad”) Cate in January 2023.

“I get more, personally, from me coaching, than the kids, I think,” Chinn said.

He started his coaching career in Port Townsend in 1974.