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Mariner’s Giron captures Sub-Regional championship | Wrestling


Last updated 2/7/2018 at Noon

Mariner’s Joshua Giron was one of three Marauders to advance to the finals and the only one to take home a title at the Wesco 4A/Sub-Regional wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, at Glacier Peak High School.

Giron took first place in the 152-pound division by a forfeit when Lake Stevens’ Julian Fryberg was unable to wrestle due to an injury. The Mariner senior won his quarterfinal match over Mount Vernon’s Darayl Taylor 17-3 and then pinned Kamiak’s Guage Holland in the semifinals.

“I would rather have had a finals match,” Giron said. “I was looking forward to wrestling the Lake Stevens guy. I feel great heading into regionals. I’ve got my teammates working me hard. Levi (Weaver) my practice partner, he’s been pushing me every single practice. This is the best condition I’ve ever been in.”

Mariner coach Max Welsh said that Giron has had a successful season and he expects the 152-pound standout to finish out the year strong.

“He’s definitely worth being a state placer this year,” Welsh said. “He’s put a lot of time, dedication into the sport.”

Weaver lost a 10-6 decision to Lake Stevens’ Malachi Lawrence in the 182 finals. Weaver recorded three straight pins to advance to the finals.

Welsh still has confidence in Weaver, who finished fifth at state last year.

“I think Levi has a good chance to be the next state champion for the Mukilteo School District,” Welsh said.

The surprise of the tournament for the Marauders was Alex Tran, who advanced to the 220 finals. Tran lost 3-2 to Lake Stevens’ Wyatt Hall. The Mariner senior dropped down a weight class and Welsh wasn’t sure how he would do against smaller opponents.

“He has a very stout style,” the Mariner coach said. “He ended up doing well in the tournament.”

Tran won a 10-2 decision over Lake Stevens’ Justin Thompson in the quarterfinals and then pinned Kamiak’s Drew Kindle in the semifinals.

Mariner sophomore Rowland Whited finished third at 160, defeating Jackson’s James Ryan 8-5.

Mariner suffered some injuries on the first day of the tournament, Friday, Feb. 2.

“Overall today was a lot better,” Welsh said. “We took a positive turn and wrestled really well today.”

Kamiak’s Anthony Armad lost by fall to Lake Stevens’ Isaac Gust in the 170 finals. Armad won 6-5 in triple overtime over Monroe’s Colton Hernandez in the semifinals after opening with a 6-3 decision over Lake Stevens’ Ali Hasan.

“I was really pleased. He battled hard,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said.

Defending girls champion Ally de la Cruz of Kamiak won her fourth straight district title with a pin over Lakewood’s Olivia Poulton in the 140 finals. The senior also recorded back-to-back pins over Lakewood’s Anistaiza Kramer and Jackson’s Leah Leeders. De la Cruz won Kamiak’s only state wrestling title in the 155-pound division last year.

“She wrestled really light last year,” Stelling said. “A lot of girls drop a weight.”

De la Cruz competed at 140 her freshman season and hasn’t really grown since then, Stelling noted. “She got more fit.”

Kamiak sophomore Diana Cantini finished second in the 105 division, losing by fall to Mount Vernon’s Kaylee Gaines in the finals. Cantini opened with a pin of Lynden’s Janet Baldovinos and then won an 11-3 decision over Mount Baker’s Maria Torrero.

Also advancing to regionals were Kamiak’s Richard Chung (third at 113), Kamiak’s Rubin Vierra (fourth at 113), Mariner’s R.J. Fry (fourth at 145), Kamiak’s Holland (third at 152), Kamiak’s Max Furlong-Benedetti (fourth at 182), Kamiak’s Kindle (third at 220) and Mariner’s Jody Notoa (fourth at 285).

The 4A regional tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, at Cavelero Mid-High School in Lake Stevens.


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