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By David Pan 

Marauders, Knights benefit from experience at state tournament | Wrestling


Last updated 2/20/2019 at Noon

The Kamiak and Mariner wrestling teams gained some valuable at Mat Classic XXXI.

While Saturday’s 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome was likely the final time on the mat for three seniors (Kamiak’s Guage Holland and Sam Furlong-Benadetti and Mariner’s Ryan Fry), it was just the start for the rest of the Marauders and Knights.

Two Mariner sophomores – Jose Zamora Solorzano (106) and Jason Vasilchenko (220) along with junior Joseph Adee (138) – got their first taste of state tournament action. After dropping his first-round match, Vasilchenko rebounded with a pin in his next bout before being eliminated. Fry (160) won his first-round match before dropping his next two.

“I’m definitely proud of the kids and how far they came this year,” Mariner coach Matt Beck said. “Jason and Jose are both sophomores. They are really good leaders. It’s great to get to state as sophomores. … It’s unbelievable the mentality that will come from being to state as a sophomore. You can really only get that experience by being there.”

Kamiak junior Richard Chung (113) and Nick Garza (285) both advanced to the second day of the tournament. Garza won three matches and Chung posted one victory.

“Nick did just a ton of wrestling in the offseason,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “I was really pleased with his final results.”

Seniors Holland (152) and Furlong-Benedetti (145) both were excited to wrap up their senior seasons at the state meet, Stelling added.

Kamiak freshmen Solona Ordonez won one match in the 100 girls division.

“She’ll be prepared for next year,” Kamiak coach John Baldwin said.

The expanded 32-entry bracket due to the cancellation of the regional tournament made for extended hours at the Tacoma Dome, but Stelling liked how Mat Classic XXXI turned out.

“We were able to get more kids involved,” he said. “There were long days, both days. That’s the only downfall. It does seem like it worked out pretty well.”


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