Blaine captures state wrestling tourney by 20 points
By Jack Kintner
Despite a power outage that plunged the gym into darkness for nearly an hour late on the second day, Blaine wrestlers decisively beat second place Riverside High School of Deer Park, Washington, and 25 other schools from around the state to win the Battle of the Border, a wrestling extravaganza that’s as tough or tougher than the state tournament.
Blaine hosted the local tournament for many years but this is their first team championship.
Standout Blaine wrestlers Jacob Humphrey (119 pounds) and Jeremy Holdaas (215) both took championships. Humphrey, who also won last year’s tourney as well, pinned Riverside’s Garrett Santana in 5:06. He then pinned both Issaquah’s Almen Thorpe and Kentwood’s Jonathan Ohashi in just over a minute each before mopping up his weight bracket with an 18-8 drubbing of Beamer’s Ares Caprio to go 4-0 for the tournament and the win.
Holdass made quick work of his first two opponents, pinning both Bobby Erickson of Mark Morris and Dylan Steiger of Todd Beamer in less than three minutes each. He out-pointed Riverside’s Hunter Orgill 11-3 in the quarter final, then met Everett’s Alec Bird in the semi’s. Bird’s a tough and fast technician who pinned his first three opponents like a swatter smacks flies, but Holdaas beat him 4-3 in one of the tourney’s better matches before outpointing Aberdeen’s Sawyer Smith 12-9 in the championship.
Other Blaine wrestlers who placed in the tournament included Tony Jordan (125 pounds), second, Kyler Makowiac (135), fifth, Tyson Foster (140), second, Camden Nix (140), sixth, Alex Pennington (171) fourth, and Darrel Price, Jr., (285), fifth.