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By David Pan 

Kamiak looking to get healthy over the holiday break | Wrestling

 

December 23, 2015



The holiday break sure came at the right time for Kamiak’s wrestling team.

The Knights were missing four starters from the lineup against Monroe and Lake Stevens during a Wesco 4A double dual meet Dec. 16 at Mariner High School.

As a result, both of Kamiak’s opponents coasted to easy victories with the Bearcats winning 45-25 and the Vikings prevailing 66-15.

“I’m hoping everybody gets healthy after the break and we’ll be more competitive as a dual meet team,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said.

Stelling was forced to plug the holes in the varsity lineup with some junior varsity wrestlers, so the scores in the dual meet weren’t surprising.

“It kind of came out as I expected,” Stelling said.

Ally de la Cruz, however, was one of the bright spots for Kamiak, as she posted a decision against her Monroe opponent and lasted until the second round against her Lake Stevens rival in the 152-pound division.

The sophomore standout, who finished third at state last year, has at least three victories against her male competition. She didn’t have any wins against boys last season.

At the Best of the West Tournament on Dec. 18-19 in Pasco, de la Cruz wrestled five matches and pulled out one victory. Weighing 147 pounds, de la Cruz sometimes has been going up against opponents who tip the scales at 160.

“She’s been getting some valuable experience,” Stelling said. “When she goes to girls tournaments, she usually dominates.”

At the Dec. 12 Centralia Holiday Classic, de la Cruz pinned all of her female opponents.

Another standout this season is junior Warren Han, who took fourth place at 152 at the Best of the West. The tournament featured 33 teams, and Han ended up wrestling a number of state placers, Stelling noted.

Will Jones (195) and Tanner Kunard (285) both competed in two rounds at the tournament. Kunard lost to a state placer. He previously took third place in the Centralia Holiday Classic, where Kamiak placed sixth out of 20 teams.

The Knights will have a busy month in January, with dual meets against district rival Mariner and league rivals Arlington and Jackson.

The Knights also will be competing in the annual Panther Classic at Snohomish High School on Jan. 9 and the Willie C. Stewart Tournament at Foss High School on Jan. 16. Kamiak took third place in the latter tourney last season.

“I think we’ll be much stronger in January, if everybody stays healthy,” Stelling said.

 

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