Kamiak’s Holland wins title | Wrestling
Last updated 2/6/2019 at Noon
Guage Holland practiced patience.
The Kamiak senior was facing Monroe’s Taylor Ivy, an opponent he’s never wrestled before, in the 152-pound finals at the 4A Sub-Regional tournament.
Holland fell behind 2-0 in the first period after Ivy recorded the first takedown of the match.
“I was just kind of getting used to what he was doing,” Holland said. “I wanted to see what he did and then I wanted to figure out what I could do to combat that.”
Holland tied the score at 2 in the second period with a reversal and then recorded another reversal in the third period to take a 4-2 lead.
Ivy made a furious attempt at the end to tie the score but Holland successfully countered his opponent to prevail in the match and capture the Sub-Regional title Saturday, Feb. 2, at Glacier Peak High School.
“I’ve been wrestling most of my life and to win something as big as this, especially my senior year, it’s really exciting,” Holland said. “It’s just something I’ve worked for a lot.”
Holland (16-7) opened the tournament with back-to-back pins before edging Lake Stevens’ Sean Sanchez 2-0 in the semifinals.
The Kamiak co-captain said that he’s had an up-and-down regular season but winning the Sub-Regional title definitely is a big boost.
“The end of the season is where I’m really pushing,” Holland said. “I feel great moving forward. I have great momentum.”
Mariner advanced two wrestlers to the finals, but both Ryan Fry (160 pounds) and Jason Vasilchenko (220) lost in the finals. Lake Stevens’ Brandon Poe pulled out a 9-5 decision over Fry, while Lake Stevens’ Wyatt Hall won 4-0 over Vasilchenko.
“Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see them against,” Mariner coach Matthew Beck said.
Vasilchenko came in seeded third and lost to Hall by 1 point earlier in the season.
“We knew it was going to be close,” Beck said.
Two other Marauders advanced to the regional tournament. Jose Zamora Solorzano took third at 106 after nearing advancing to the finals. Zamora Solorzano lost 7-5 in overtime to Lake Stevens’ Aiden Eberlein in the semifinals. The Mariner sophomore then rebounded to pin Jackson’s Jonah Justice in third/fourth place match.
“We’re looking forward to getting him through to state,” Beck said.
Teammate Joseph Adee also finished third in the 138 division. After losing to eventual champion Caden Cauley of Lake Stevens in the semifinals, Adee won by fall over Lake Stevens’ Elijah Schmitt in the third/fourth place match. Mariner’s Mykhailo Kyshka took fifth at 285 and is a regional alternate.
Kamiak moved three other wrestlers on to regionals. Sam Furlong-Benedetti placed third at 145, Nick Garza took third at 285 and Richard Chung finished fourth at 113. Kamiak’s Stephen Berry placed fifth at 170 and is a regional alternate.
Kamiak and Mariner tied for fifth place in the team standings with 133 points. Lake Stevens won the team trophy with 511 and was followed by Glacier Peak (264.5), Monroe (195.5) and Jackson (140.5).
At the girls District 1 and 2 North Sub-Regional tournament, Kamiak junior Diana Cantini finished first at 110 after defeating Sedro-Woolley’s Cora Orton 9-3 in the finals. Teammate Solana Ordonez finished second at 100.
KINDLE SHOWS SUPPORT: Though his senior season was cut short by a leg injury at the Lynnwood Classic in December, Kamiak’s Drew Kindle was still showing his support for his teammates, albeit on crutches. Kindle advanced to last year’s 4A state tournament and likely would have been headed back this year. “He’s a competitor,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “He’s never hung his head. He’s come out to every practice. He’s a super good leader. I’ve never had a kid hurt for most of the season come out all season long and help. He leads all of our warmups from his wheelchair. That’s pretty awesome.”