After two seasons of being a co-op program with Lynden and another with Mount Baker, the Meridian wrestling program is again standing on its own in 2012-13.
Though the Trojans can't quite field a complete varsity team, they showed they have some pretty good talent on the mat in what turned out to be a varsity exhibition at Sehome on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Meridian won all three varsity-level matches that were contested, picking up a pair of first-round pins in the process. Team scores were not kept, as the Trojans would have had to forfeit at every other weight class, though they did wrestle six junior varsity matches against the Mariners.
"We are so thankful to coach Scott Schroyer and his team for rolling out the mats and letting us wrestle," Meridian coach Fred Pulphus said in a phone interview. "It gave our first-year kids a chance to get out there and compete."
Meridian's Tomas Alvarado picked up a pin in 1 minute, 40 seconds over Sehome's Nick Mellick at 125 pounds, and Neal Tilbury pinned Josh Whitman in one minute at 195, while the Trojans' Jack Hallmark beat Steven Yazzie 8-0 at 138 pounds.
The Trojans will participate in the Paul Reiman Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15, while Sehome will wrestle at the Graham Morin Invite.