Ferndale 152-pound wrestler Miguel Mungarro employed some new tactics and it helped him become one of two Whatcom County title-winners during the 2013 Graham Morin Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 21, at Squalicum High School.
"He started to open up his offense and started to win matches with it," Ferndale coach Caleb Schlack said. "He's been a fairly defensive wrestler. It's been a process to get him to do that - start coming out of his shell."
Mungarro pinned his first two opponents before earning a 3-2 decision against Oak Harbor's Sebastian Ceaser in the semifinals. He then scored a 6-4 decision against Bothell's Rene Arriola to claim the 152-pound title.
Besides Mungarro, only three other Whatcom County wrestlers reached title matches. Lynden's Christian Mouat won a 145-pound title in a 6-4 decision against Bothell's Virgil Smith and Mouat's teammates, Brodie Weinheimer, was pinned during his 182-pound title match against Snohomish's Garrett Stich. Ferndale's Adaeus Wilson-Premo suffered a 5-0 loss in his 126-pound final against Port Angeles' Ozzy Swagerty.
Snohomish won the tournament with 252 points, Port Angeles placed second with 224.5 and Ferndale rounded out the top three with 191 points. Nooksack Valley finished sixth with 95 points, Lynden placed ninth with 71 points, Sehome took 11th with a score of 49 and Squalicum was 12th with 44 points.
"Today as a whole, everybody just stepped up their game today," Schlack said.
The Golden Eagles had 12 different wrestlers place in the top five.
Nooksack Valley's top wrestlers were Felix Rojas (106 pounds) and Paul Newell (126). Both placed third. Hunter Whittern (145) and Parker Schram (182) each finished in fourth place.
Squalicum 120-pounder Spencer Wallace finished a team-high third, and Luke Jordan (126) and Zach Wallace (138) finished fourth.
"Spencer had a really nice first match of the day," Squalicum coach Russell Robinson said. "He was excited to wrestle a top wrestler and come back and beat someone who beat him earlier in the year."
Sehome's Austin Vosburgh (160) earned a fourth-place finish and represented the Mariners' top placer.
SNOHOMISH 252, PORT ANGELES 224.5, FERNDALE 191, OAK HARBOR 176, CEDARCREST 122, NOOKSACK VALLEY 95, SNOHOMISH (TEAM 2) 86, BOTHELL 81.5, LYNDEN 71, WOODINVILLE 55, SEHOME 49, SQUALICUM 44
106: Cody Anderson (Port Angeles) dec. Ben Basden (Port Angeles) 8-5. 113: Bailey McBride (Cedarcrest) dec. Tyler Gale (Port Angeles) 10-3. 120: Brady Anderson (Port Angeles) dec. Wyatt Butler (Snohomish) 4-2. 126: Ozzy Swagerty (Port Angeles) dec. Adaeus Wilson-Premo (Ferndale) 5-0. 132: Jeremy Vester (Oak Harbor) dec. Keaton Mills (Snohomish) 6-2. 138: Jahleel Vester (Oak Harbor) dec. Noah Bomar (Snohomish) 14-0. 145: Christian Mouat (Lynden) dec. Virgil Smith (Bothell) 6-4. 152: Miguel Mungarro (Ferndale) dec. Rene Arriola (Bothell) 6-4. 160: Ely Malametz (Cedarcrest) pin Mark Johnston (Oak Harbor). 170: Kekai Tarrant (Oak Harbor) dec. Mark Currier (Snohomish) 4-0. 182: Garrett Stich (Snohomish) pin Brodie Weinheimer (Lynden). 195: Justin Kearney (Snohomish) dec. Aaron Ibanez (Bothell) 3-2. 220: Tristan Baus (Snohomish) dec. Kyle La Fritz (Port Angeles) 9-2. 285: Roberto Cornel (Port Angeles) dec. Mario Rojas (Snohomish) 5-4.
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