Squalicum’s boys’ wrestling defeated Bellingham 38-36 on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Squalicum High School.
“Going into it, I knew it was going to be close, they have more depth in the junior and senior classes than we do,” Squalicum coach Russell Robinson said in a phone interview.
The Storms’ Zachary Wallace (145) pinned James Langen in 1:26, Zach Johnson (120) defeated Simeon Murphy 10-1, Jonathan Vavalza (106) pinned Indy Casas in 2:58 and Jace Cooper (113) pinned Dewald Olivier in 3:55.
“Zachary went out and got the quickest pin of the night, Zach wrestled a tough match and got the major for us,” Robinson said. “My little guys Jonny and Jace got it done tonight. It was a total team effort in the match.”
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Squalicum and Bellingham will both wrestle next at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Northwest Conference Tournament at Sehome.
Squalicum 38, Bellingham 36
106: Jonathan Vavalza (Squalicum) pin. Indy Casas 2:58; 113: Jace Cooper (Squalicum) pin. Dewald Olivier 3:55; 120: Zach Johnson (Squalicum) def. Simeon Murphy 10-1; 126: Riley Takemura (Bellingham) def. Spencer Wallace 7-0; 132: Ben Donnelly (Bellingham) pin. Jacob Mount 1:35; 138: Edgar Neri (Squalicum) def. Romeo Mendez 10-4; 145: Zachary Wallace (Squalicum) pin. James Langen 1:26; 152: Brahm VanWoerden (Bellingham) def. Max Angel 7-6; 160: Alden Roberts (Bellingham) pin. Jacob Burgoon 3:07; 170: Blair Bennett (Bellingham) forfeit; 182: Spencer Marshall (Bellingham) pin. Carlos Nunez 5:56; 195: Chance Poasa (Bellingham) pin. Dan Angel 2:42; 220: Alex Schermerhorn (Squalicum) forfeit; 285: Andrew Napier (Squalicum) forfeit.