Blaine’s undefeated wrestling team brought home more bling last weekend from the Northwest Conference Tournament as they continue to prepare for the Mat Classic, the annual state championship wrestling event that is the goal for all the high school wrestlers from AAAA through B schools.
The conference meet was primarily for seeding the next two weekends as wrestlers will work their way up through sub-regionals at Squalicum in Bellingham and regionals here in Blaine on Valentine’s Day.
From there, on February 20 and 21, they’ll take the monster trucks and whatever else out of the Tacoma Dome to make room for hundreds of high school wrestlers. The place will be literally paved with mats and the wrestling will be non-stop and this year’s biggest of the big dogs come from Blaine.
At last weekend’s tournament Blaine finished third despite leaving Jacob Humphrey and D.J. Duncan at home. Shaypher Hendricks (103 pound weight class), moving like an excited electron, pinned Squalicum’s impressive but outmatched Ren Bishop, a state qualifier last year at 103, in the middle of the third round.
Darrell Price (215) and Tyson Foster (140) also won their weight divisions. Jeremy Holdaas (215), Shaffer Hicks (189) and Tony Jordan (125) finished runner-up in their weight classes.
The sub-regionals will be held at Squalicum beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 6, and continuing all day Saturday, February 7. The next Saturday, February 14, the regional tournament will be held here, and state’s the next weekend.
For up to the minute information on tournament results, go to http://www.washingtonwrestlingreport.com/2008-09/HS/01/NWC VarsityTourney.htm