SEDRO-WOOLLEY - Lynden wrestler Christian Mouat's championship match epitomized the type of grind it was for Class 2A Whatcom County wrestlers during the 2A Sub-Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sedro-Woolley High School.
Mouat earned a hard-fought 1-0 decision against Cubs wrestler Jaryd Mitchell to claim one of three Whatcom County titles, but many of the area wrestlers weren't as fortunate.
Joining Mouat (145 pounds) as tournament champions were Bellingham's Sergio Torres (126) and Melvin Deal (285). Anacortes, Burlington-Edison or Sedro-Woolley claimed the other 11 weight classes.
The Cubs easily won the tournament with 342.5 points, Burlington-Edison placed second with 224 points, Bellingham had 172, Lynden finished with 151, Anacortes and Sehome each recorded 147 and Squalicum had 138 points.
Mouat had twice previously beaten Mitchell. He won in a 13-3 decision during a dual and followed with a 7-1 decision during the Northwest Conference Tournament. This one wasn't as easy.
"He has a lot of strength against me," Mouat said. "I feel I'm better technically than him. I guess going in I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was for his level of strength."
The difference in the match was a second-period escape. Mouat got off the bottom, stood to his feet and escaped Mitchell's grasp just before the buzzer sounded.
"It means a lot," he said of the win. "It shows improvement for me based on how I did last year. Last year my view was to get top four and move on. This year anything short of winning it wasn't going to be enough."
Torres took advantage of his top seeding and pinned his way all the way through his 126-pound bracket. His quarterfinal and semifinal wins occurred in the first period, and Torres beat Sedro-Woolley's Thor Wagoner in the title match with a pin in 3 minutes, 3 seconds.
The Bellingham junior said his extra dedication this season has been paying off.
"Just being first, I feel good about it," Torres said. "I've been trying to be with my team more, and they are a big influence."
Deal's route to his title was a bit easier. He pinned Sedro-Woolley's Erik Lukner in 1:03 during the semifinals before pinning Sehome's Briley Funk in 1:07 during his championship match.
Seven Bellingham wrestlers placed top four and qualified for next week's regionals. Lynden and Squalicum each advanced six, and Sehome had five wrestlers move on.
Squalicum's Luke Jordan (120) and Zachary Wallace (138) both reached the finals but lost, and Sehome's Steven Yazzie (132) and Briley Funk (285) also suffered title-round defeats.
Up next is the Class 2A Regional Wrestling meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Squalicum High School.
Reach Andrew Lang at email@example.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.
Class 2A Sub-Regional Wrestling Tournament
at Sedro-Woolley High School
SEDRO-WOOLLEY 342.5, BURLINGTON-EDISON 244, BELLINGHAM 172, LYNDEN 151, ANACORTES 147, SEHOME 147, SQUALICUM 138
106: Ty Peth (Burlington-Edison) dec. Bryce Hornbeck (Sedro-Woolley) 11-5. 113: Huge Diaz (Burlington-Edison) pin Daniel Fedoruk (Sedro-Woolley). 120: Adam Adkinson (Sedro-Woolley) dec. Luke Jordan (Squalicum) 5-3. 126: Sergio Torres (Bellingham) pin Thor Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) 3:03. 132: Anthony Cook (Burlington-Edison) dec. Steven Yazzie (Sehome) 8-2. 138: Julien Collins (Anacortes) pin Zachary Wallace (Squalicum) 3:25. 145: Christian Mouat (Lynden) dec. Jaryd Mitchell (Sedro-Woolley) 1-0. 152: Jacob Farrell (Sedro-Woolley) dec. Brandon Grandy (Burlington-Edison) 12-3. 160: Clayton Johnson (Sedro-Woolley) dec. Matt Goss (Burlington-Edison) 4-0. 170: Nate Vaughn (Sedro-Woolley) pin Wes Fleury (Burlington-Edison) 1:40. 182: Quinten Roppel (Sedro-Woolley) dec. Aaron Tisinger (Anacortes) 11-1. 195: Gabe Torgerson (Sedro-Woolley) dec. Ross Atterberry (Anacortes) 3-1. 220: Jay Moore (Sedro-Woolley) dec. James Swanson (Anacortes) 11-2. 285: Melvin Deal (Bellingham) pin Briley Funk (Sehome) 1:07.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.