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Marysville grapplers fall to No. 1 Lake Stevens

M-P freshman Jeremy Schnee, left, gets locked up with opponent Jesse Peterson of Lake Stevens. - Travis Sherer
M-P freshman Jeremy Schnee, left, gets locked up with opponent Jesse Peterson of Lake Stevens.
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MARYSVILLE — It’s hard enough to beat Lake Stevens, but Marysville-Pilchuck took on the Vikings with a number of starters out with various injuries.

The result was a 59-12 loss in Wesco wrestling action Jan. 27.

“That’s Lake Stevens, they’ve been on top of the league for a while now,” said M-P coach Craig Iversen about the state’s top-ranked program this year.

Not making any excuses, Iversen said he was happy with his team’s performance, as it was difficult just to have enough wrestlers to put on the meet. In fact, the Tommies had to forfeit three matches.

On the other hand, there were impressive performances that resulted in individual wins. The Tommies scored a pair of pins in the loss, starting with senior Korey Wielgus at 125 pounds.

In quick fashion, Wielgus scored a two-point reversal on his opponent, senior Ryan Rodrigo, before pinning him in 1:47.

“Ryan had a great match,” said Iversen. “It was really nice to see him go out like that in his final meet.”

Also earning a pin was 189-pounder Marcus Haughian, who made even quicker work of his opponent than Wielgus did. Haughian, also a senior, pinned Ryan Simoneax in a minute flat by just overpowering him to the mat.

“That’s just what he has been doing all season,” said Iversen of Haughian.

Iversen said goodbye to a relatively large senior class for M-P, explaining that their experience is likely came in handy all year long.

“It was because we had so many seniors that probably helped us have such a successful season,” he said.

The Tommies finished the season 12-3 overall with a team mark of 3-2, finishing in third place in the Wesco North.

Now the Tommies look forward to the 4A District 1 tournament at Monroe Feb. 5.

“There are some concerns when you lose in your final meet, but we’re a little banged up and we’re going to get healthy,” said Iversen. “And we’ll be looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

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