Nooksack Valley places second at Iron Sharpens Iron Tournament


Four Nooksack Valley boys' wrestlers won individual titles during the Iron Sharpens Iron Tournament to help the Pioneers finish second overall Saturday, Dec. 14.

South Whidbey won the tournament with 223 points, Nooksack Valley scored 172.5, Bellevue Christian finished third with 147 points, Concrete was fourth with 135 and Rainier rounded out the top five, scoring 121.5 points.

"We are very proud," Nooksack Valley coach Chad Parson said in a phone interview. "We are a young team, so we are very proud of how they performed. I don't know what more a coach can ask for than to have five (wrestlers) in the finals. It was fantastic."

Felix Rojas won a title at 106 pounds with a pin 1:30 in, Taylor Gardner won the 138-pound class with a pin 1:50 into his match and Hunter Whittern won his 145-pound class via a technical fall.

Paul Newell's Saturday may have been the most impressive, though. The 126-pounder totaled 58 seconds on the mat between two matches to earn his title.

Michael O'Bryan finished second on the 132-pound class, and Parson said he was extremely pleased the performance of heavyweight Tyson Mergel, who finished fifth at the tournament.

"We are looking ahead at great things down the road," Parson said. "

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