TACOMA — Marysville-Pilchuck sent six varsity wrestlers to the Mat Classic XXV State Wrestling Tournament at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 15-16 and three of those wrestlers finished in the top eight of their weight divisions.
Sophomore Killian Page took second place at 145 pounds when he topped North Central’s Cody Kiourkas 8-4 in the first match and then beat Bonney Lake’s Matt Yuste 6-5 in his second match. He went up against Shadle Park’s Dylan Schmidt in the semifinal match and emerged victorious there, outscoring Schmidt 8-6 to take him to the final match against Mt. Spokane’s John Hoover. Hoover managed to outscore Page in the final match 5-0.
Sophomore Drew Hatch took fourth place at 160 pounds. He pinned Hudson Bay’s Blair Simpson in 1:31 in his first match but lost to Meadowdale’s Morgan Smith 6-5. He pinned Enumclaw’s Sean Wei in 2:01 and then beat Juanita’s Mason McDaniel in an injury default. He then beat North Central’s Bryson Pierce 8-5, but lost 5-2 to Enumclaw’s Ryan Anderson in his final match.
Senior Ignat “Iggy” Gabov placed eighth in the 220 pound weight class. He pinned Dwayne Robinson of Rogers in 48 seconds in his first match but fell to Prairie’s Dallas Goodpaster in the next match. He pinned Joey Gillies of Mount Tahoma in 1:41, but fell to Sunnyside’s Austin Carman in 34 seconds in his last match.
“It’s always tough to get to the Mat Classic,” said M-P’s head coach Craig Iversen. “We got six there and we were really pleased to have that many and for half of them to place, we were really pleased with that.”
Sophomore Ryan Daurie, senior Ismael Perez and senior Jory Cooper were the other state qualifiers who wrestled at the Mat Classic but did not place in the top eight.
“Killian Page and Drew Hatch both had very successful seasons this year,” said Iversen. “Iggy Gabov at 220, he placed eighth and that was a really great thing for us.”
The Tomahawks wrestling team is proud of the season’s accomplishments and looking forward to next year.
“We bring back three of our six state wrestlers who are all sophomores,” said Iversen of Daurie, Page and Hatch. “We have a really positive energy right now. We ended on a positive note and it is great for our program. All of the wrestlers are really excited for their chance to go at it next year.”