Wrestling: Wolves grapple for wins at Lads, Lasses tourney

After seeing a league match postponed last week to snowy weather, Sequim wrestlers were back in action last weekend, earning five top-three finishes at the Lads and Lasses Tournament in Fife on Jan. 18.

On the girls’ side, Petra Bernsten won her 140-pound weight class with a three-match sweep. Bernsten started with a pin for Elma’s Declyn Foster in 1:33, before edging Lincoln High’s Atalia Acosta 6-2 in the semifinals. Bernsten took the weight class title in the second period against Nathalie Singh of Fife, who had to forfeit 3:31 into the match.

Teammate Aleah Chen placed second in the 135-pound weight class. Receiving a bye in the first round, Chen won by injury forfeit in the semifinals against Raylee Miniken of Friday Harbor. Hailey Sheridan of Tahoma pinned Chen in 4:39 for the weight class title.

Alexi Rampp-Taft placed third at 130 pounds. Following a forfeit win over Baylei Mueller of Timberline, Rampp-Taft was pinned by weight class champ Jessalyn Murphy. The Sequim senior came back, however, to pin Aleasiaa Williams of Emerald Ridge in 2:33 and a 19-second pin of Friday Harbor’s Katie Place for third.

On the boys’ side, Isaiah Cowan earned a second place finish at 195 pounds after going 2-1 and earning a pair of pins. Cowan pinned White River’s Carson Grimm in 2:29 in the quarterfinals and took down Trayvon Williams of Kentlake in 1:17. In the 195-pound final, Elijah Humbyrd of Cascade pinned Cowan in 2:35.

Bodi Sanderson went 1-1 and placed third in the 285-pound weight class, pinning Michael Aquino of Emerald Ridge in 1:24 in the consolation final.

Also competing for Sequim were Trevin Oakes (126 pounds), Sam Fitzgerald (145), Aaron Tolberd and Sawyer Street (152).

Both Sequim boys and girls teams placed 12th in the 16-team fields. SHS’s boys tallied 24 team points, with Emerald Ridge placing first overall (183.5), followed by Orting (165) and Fife (141). Sequim’s girls racked up 31 team points, with Lincoln taking the overall title (104), followed by Kent Meridian (97) and Tahoma (84).

Coming up

Sequim’s Jan. 16 match at Kingston against North Kitsap and the host Buccaneers was moved to Jan. 21 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves host their lone home match of the season on Jan. 23 against Olympic and Port Townsend. Matches start at 5 p.m.

Sequim’s final league double-dual is set for Jan. 30 at Bremerton against the Knights and North Mason Bulldogs.

The Wolves vie for postseason placings the following weekend. Sequim’s boys compete on Saturday, Feb. 8, at a sub-regional tournament at North Mason High School in Belfair. Top wrestlers advance to the WIAA Region II tourney on Feb. 15.

Sequim’s girls compete at a two-day sub-regional tourney, held Feb. 7-8 at Spanaway Lake. Top wrestlers there advance to a Region II tourney at Decatur High School in Federal Way on Feb. 15.

The MatClassic state wrestling tourney for both boys and girls is set for Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.

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