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.”
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.