LYNDEN — Matt Kelley, Jeff Yoder, Justin Korthuis and Niels Brisbane each won four matches and had three pins apiece Thursday as Lynden swept four dual-meet wrestling matches.
The Lions defeated Lakewood (75-12), Ferndale (52-24 in a mixed varsity/junior varsity match), Mount Vernon (39-37) and Squalicum (69-12, mixed varsity/JV).
“Coming off a holiday break, for the team to win all four matches brings them a lot of confidence,” Lynden assistant coach Jason Marlowe said.
Brisbane’s pin of Mount Vernon’s Jose Rodriguez at 189 pounds clinched that match for the Lions, who host Sehome on Thursday.
SQUALICUM 40, AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW 24
The Squalicum wrestling team used a strong showing in the middle and upper weight classes to overcome Auburn Mountainview 40-24 at Auburn on Friday.
“The upper weights really helped us to win the dual,” Squalicum coach Mark Parrish said in a phone interview.
The Storm scored points in only one match below 135 pounds, but won everything between 135 and 145 and everything from 160 to 215, including three straight pins in less than one minute. Heron Garcia (171) won in 52 seconds, James Lawrence (189) stuck his man in 48 seconds and Sean Haggerty (215) won by pin 46 seconds.
Squalicum will be at the Tumwater invite today.
MOUNT RAINIER 95, SEHOME 89
The Sehome boys’ swimming team bounced back a day after competing at the Camas Invitational with a strong showing against Mount Ranier, only to fall just short with a 95-89 non-league loss at the Mount Ranier Pool on Friday.
The Mariners won five events and lost a couple of races on close finishes, but Ranier used its depth to hand Sehome its first loss of the season.
“It was a battle of the depth,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “We were within five points going into the (final event), but they had some fast splits on that relay.”
Colin Flynn led the way for Sehome (4-1 overall, 3-0 NWC). A day after qualifying for state in the 50-yard freestyle with a fast relay split, he did it outright in the event with his winning time of 22.83 seconds and also qualified in the 100 backstroke with his winning time of 57.42 seconds. Skyler Bax was also a big scorer for the Mariners. He won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.15 and finished second in the 100 freestyle in 52.13 seconds.