Blaine’s Anthony Frey overcame an early takedown to take the championship in the 138-pound division at The Rock Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Vashon Island.
Frey advanced to the final with a pair of pins and a technical fall. He then topped the sixth-place finisher from the Class 2A Mat Classic last year with a come-from-behind pin to take the championship.
“He was just really relentless on top,” Blaine coach Craig Foster said in a phone interview. “He turned everyone on their backs. He’s a state medalist himself, but in a tough tournament he was dominant.”
Blaine took eighth as a team with 108.5 points. Mount Baker was 15th with 28. Kelso won the tournament with 174 points.
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Other Blaine medalists at The Rock Tournament included third place finishers Riley Fritsch (145-pound division) and Gage Lott (126), and fourth place finishers Stewie Rasar (113), Caleb Frey (152) and Billy Dodd (138).
Mount Baker’s Jeremiah Cronk placed second at the 145 weight class, losing by decision in the first place match.
“Jeremiah had a great performance today, its his third tournament final in 10 days,” Mount Baker coach Roger Goodwin said in a phone interview. “He is improving every time he goes out.”
Blaine stays on the road for the PAC Coast Tournament from Jan. 2-3, in Vancouver.