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Four wrestlers on to state
Four wrestlers will represent the Marysville School District at the Mat Classic in Tacoma Feb. 15-16.
In a rematch of the district championship, M-P senior heavyweight Michael Pfeiff once again defeated Snohomishs Jake Reinhard for the regional heavyweight title. The win came by a 5-4 decision in the 4A regional match at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash. The two have faced off several times this season, making for an intense rivalry.
I think its been a healthy one, said M-P coach Craig Iversen, but its pushed both athletes a little further. They both step it up noticeably when they face each other.
M-P junior Tannon Hillis also made it to the title match for the 215 pounders, losing in a technical fall to Donavon Cunningham of Heritage High School, 21-6. Cunningham is listed as the states third-best wrestler at 215 pounds by the Washington Wrestling Report. Both Pfeiff and Hillis earned outright berths to state. In his opening round, Hillis is scheduled to face Mead sophomore Jake Trotter, who is ranked fourth in the state. Pfeiff will face Bellarmines Jeff King, who is unranked.
Tannon reaching the championship was outstanding. He was third in districts and second in regionals, Iversen said. He also had a great deal of bleeding in the semifinal which can distract the best of athletes, but he wrestled through it and won that match.
After spending a successful freshman campaign with the Tomahawks at 103 pounds, Tulalip Heritage wrestler Demitri Robinson has grappled his way through the 1B districts and regionals, where he is wrestling at Tulalips 1B state classification. Robinson followed his district championship in Concrete with a regional crown at River Ridge High School in Lacey, for a trip to the Tacoma Dome.
Marysvilles fourth wrestler will go to Tacoma as an alternate sophomore Brian Donaldson navigated his way through a tough bracket for a fifth-place finish.
Brian was in a very, very tough weight class, so were very proud of him for what he achieved, Iversen said. Being a sophomore, were proud to bring him down to state and hope he gets a chance to wrestle. Hopefully hell get a taste and next year hell come down as a wrestler.