The Eatonville Cruiser wrestlers who competed at Mat Basic XXXIV State Championships Feb. 18-19 on the Tacoma Dome all landed on the rostrum and completed throughout the prime 10 of their weight courses.
Sophomore Ashlynn Kistenmacher battled her method by means of and took residence a fourth-place end within the 120-pound weight class.
Kistenmacher acquired a bye within the opening spherical as a consequence of her successful the regional championship the week earlier than. Within the quarterfinals, she wrestled Jayde Coleman from Naches Valley and misplaced by an 8-6 resolution, which dropped her into the comfort rounds.
In her first match within the comfort bracket, she defeated Life Christian’s Tebisi Wright in an final tiebreaker, 6-5.
She then acquired a victory through a medical forfeit in her subsequent match when Mary Walker’s Serenna Swiger couldn’t compete after dislocating her elbow in her earlier match.
Within the comfort semifinals, Kistenmacher confronted Afton Wooden from Okanogan Excessive Faculty. She defeated Wooden by resolution, 8-6, placing her within the third-place match.
In her final match, she once more went up in opposition to Coleman, who defeated her for the second time, in a 12-6 end.
Senior Carsen Pero wrestled within the 285-pound weight class and got here away with a fourth-place end.
Within the opening spherical, Wapato’s Angel Leyva pinned Pero, dropping him into the comfort bracket.
In spherical 1 of the comfort bracket, Pero acquired a bye on to the following spherical. He took on Gavin Chaffee of Medical Lake and pinned him to advance.
In his subsequent match, Pero confronted Tenino’s Andres Capilla-Zamudio, who defeated Pero within the regional championship match the week prior. This time, Pero got here out on the successful finish, as he took down Capilla-Zamudio in a 4-3 resolution and superior to the comfort semifinals.
In that semifinal match, Pero pinned Omak Excessive Faculty’s Noah Bigboy-Gribble to set himself up for a attainable third-place end.
In that final match, Pero fell to Toppenish Excessive Faculty’s Miguel Camacho through a sudden victory in time beyond regulation, giving Pero a fourth-place end.
Within the 138-pound weight class, Eatonville’s Kasey Whitney took residence a sixth-place end.
Whitney pinned Klahowya’s Kano Clare within the opening spherical and superior to the quarterfinals.
In his quarterfinal match, Whitney fell to eventual champion Marcos Torrez from Toppenish Excessive Faculty. The loss dropped him into the comfort rounds the place he defeated Omak’s Jesse Garcia. He then pinned Blaine Excessive Faculty’s Cal Fitzgerald within the subsequent spherical, earlier than falling to a different Toppenish wrestler, Ruben Rios.
That put Whitney within the match for fifth/sixth place the place he misplaced to King’s Approach Christian’s Ashton Baker by a 5-4 resolution.
Each boys coach Mario Ragazzo and women coach Trinity Potter had been happy with their wrestlers who made it to state.
“Our wrestlers represented the group with delight,” Ragazzo stated. “They left all of it on the mat and overcame adversity all match lengthy. I am very happy with their end and the quantity of coronary heart they wrestled with.”
Potter stated Kistenmacher labored onerous to get to state, and her perseverance paid off.
“Inserting fourth as a sophomore solely permits her to shine over the following two years of her wrestling profession,” Potter stated. “All of us stay up for her development and achievements that lie forward. It’s an honor to teach our youngsters at EHS, and these children make it so price it.”