Marysville grapplers put Arlington on its back

Marysville-Pilchuck junior Christian Mendoza trips opponent, Arlington’s Bryce Thomas, during the 130-pound match. - Travis Sherer
Marysville-Pilchuck junior Christian Mendoza trips opponent, Arlington’s Bryce Thomas, during the 130-pound match.
— image credit: Travis Sherer

MARYSVILLE — A defeat of Arlington was a few years coming for Marysville-Pilchuck.

“That one was a real nice one to get — we hadn’t beat (the Eagles) in three years,” said M-P head coach Craig Iversen.

The Tommies set the tone early in the 48-27 Wesco North victory Jan. 24 with a pin in the first match of the night at 140 pounds.

Senior Thomas Haas scored a first-round pin quickly, putting Blake Thunline on his back in 1:06.

“That was a big pin for us,” said Iversen. “It got the guys pretty loose right away.”

The Tommies had five pins in the match, but the win was brought home by the key wins of 160-pounder Tanner Bengen and 135-pounder Brandon Blevins.

“Tanner really gave us a boost,” said Iversen about Bengen’s 4-1 victory over Shawn Berg. “He wasn’t the favorite going in — Berg is tough — but he worked hard and grinded it out.”

Blevins won his match by a score of 3-2, defeating Scotty Bardell.

Recording pins for Marysville were Chris Herbert (0:55) at 171 pounds against Jake Fero, Marcus Haughian (2:47) at 190 pounds against Hayden Love, Thomas Hoeper (1:02) at 285 pounds against Dylan Worley and Tanner Daurie (0:30) at 112 pounds against Zion Dunnington.

At 130 pounds, junior Christian Mendoza forced his opponent to forfeit in the second round, earning six points for his team, and 103-pounder Billy Almachar also earned a forfeit.

Arlington has been forced to play catch-up this past week after the whole team had to sit out nearly three weeks due to skin disease struck a number of the grapplers. This match was originally scheduled for Jan. 5. The Eagles had to reschedule six matches and bow out of two tournaments in that time.

The win moves M-P to 3-1 in the Wesco North and 12-2 overall as they head for a matchup against the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Lake Stevens, Jan. 27.

“We want to have a good showing, but we really want to focus on getting healthy for league and districts,” said Iversen. “We’re a little banged up, like everybody is at this time of the year.”

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