Blaine’s Caleb Frey placed second in the 145-pound division at the PAC-Coast Championship boys’ wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash.
Frey took a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Tommy Strassenburg from Union High School, in Vancouver, Wash. in the final. Strassenburg was the 4th-place finisher in Class 4A at the Mat Classic last year.
“They were just battling and it was 2-2 after regulation and the first OT,” Blaine coach Craig Foster said in a phone interview. “Caleb got reversed, but he escaped and it came down to him getting the winning takedown, but he couldn’t quite get it. He had to beat the fifth place finisher from 4A state to get there.”
Anthony Frey, coming off a championship at The Rock Invitational at Vashon High School, took sixth in the 138-pound division for Blaine.
“He wrestled really well until the semis and ran into some stiff competition,” Foster said of Anthony Frey’s run in the tourney. “Some of these weight classes had three state champs.”
The tournament included teams from Washington, Oregon and California, from a variety of school sizes.
Riley Fritsch took seventh in the 145-pound weight class after making it to the quarterfinal in his division. At that stage he faced the No. 2-ranked wrestler in Oregon’s 5A classification.
“Riley never loses bad,” Foster said of Fritsch’s 3-1 quarterfinal loss. “He lost another close one in the consolation bracket, then won 4-2 to take seventh. That’s why we’re here, to get that competition against state-level people.”
Toppenish, a Class 2A school from Washington, won the tournament with three individual champions.
Blaine is in action again at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Anacortes.