The Ferndale wrestling team got a big boost from a number of freshmen to help it claim first place Saturday, Dec. 6, at the eight-team Stanwood Wrestlerama.
“It was good to see those guys wrestle well,” Ferndale coach Caleb Schlack said in a phone interview. “Our older guys wrestled well, too; they were just a little inconsistent, which is something that happens.”
One wrestler who wasn’t inconsistent was junior Braden Quint, who went undefeated on the day.
Ferndale beat Everett Cascade 56-18 in the semifinals of the dual-format tournament. Schlack singled out victories by 120-pound freshman Carson Trolinder, who moved to 5-0 on the season, and 106-pound freshman Josh Corballas.
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“He doesn’t know how to quit,” Schlack said of Corballas. “He hurt his knee on Friday , so we weren’t sure going in if he was going to be able to go. But he got a final-round pin and was 3-1 on the day. He’s been working his butt off to help the team.”
The Golden Eagles beat Puyallup 40-29 in the championship dual. Schlack said freshman Eli Croy impressed him with his determination and heart to come back and get a win at 120 pounds, while Noah Saenz showed grit in holding on to a one-point lead for the entire third period to get his win at 145 pounds.
The Golden Eagles next head to Burlington-Edison for a Northwest Conference dual on Wednesday, Dec. 10.