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By David Pan 

Marauder grad assumes helm of program | Wrestling


Last updated 12/13/2017 at Noon

Mariner’s new wrestling coach has deep ties to the program.

First-year head coach Maximilian Welsh takes over for former coach Carl Wilkins, who left to take a teaching and coaching position at a school in Alaska.

Welsh, a 2012 Mariner High School graduate, has been an assistant coach or a volunteer with the program since he graduated.

Welsh was the last Mariner wrestler to place at the state tournament during his senior year until Levi Weaver took fifth last season.

After graduating, Welsh wrestled for Ouachita Baptist University, a Division II school, in Arkansas, where his family lives.

Welsh is glad to be back in the Northwest and coaching at his alma mater.

Turnout numbers are in the 40s and have remained solid a few weeks into the season.

“I think we’re a pretty close knit team,” Welsh said. “It helps too that I was a wrestler here too. I know a lot of the kids. … Everything’s a real big family for us at Mariner. There’s a lot of pride in that.”

In addition to Weaver who won the 182-pound division at the Mariner Holiday tournament, three other Marauders had strong showings.

Jody Notoa finished second at 285 and Ryan “RJ” Fry also advanced to the 152 finals but did not wrestle due to an injury. Sergio Olivares took third in his division.

Another standout is Jahee Nelson (138/145), who Welsh describe as being “extremely explosive and powerful.”

Nelson also plays football and recently was selected to a U.S.-Canadian all-star football team.

“He only wrestled a couple of years in middle school,” Welsh said of Nelson. “This is his first year coming out (for high school). He looks like a state wrestler already.”

Welsh added that Alex Tran (285) has a busy offseason and is aiming to have a strong senior season.

Mariner placed sixth overall at its own tournament, even though the team had only 10 of its 14-member varsity lineup and had some individuals wrestling in different weight classes.


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