By Pat Grubb
Blaine grapplers finish third, Price first, in Mat Classic XXI
The Blaine wrestling team finished third in Class 2A team standings at the Mat Classic XXI Championships at the Tacoma Dome over the weekend. The Borderites finished with a total of 83 points while Deer Park, the first place team, totaled 184.5 points and Chehalis gathered 95.5 points to take second. Blaine was the highest placing team from Whatcom County.
Individual wrestlers had strong tournaments with Darrell Price Jr. winning the state tournament for the Class 2A 215-lb title. To do so, he had to pin fellow Borderite Jeremy Holdaas, his practice partner who placed second in a close match. Holdaas, a junior, has another shot for the title in his final year at high school. Price graduates this spring.
Also placing in the top eight were Tyson Foster who came in sixth in the 140-lb. class and Jacob Humphrey who placed seventh in the 119-lb. division.
Coach Craig Foster added another plaque to his wall after being named Class 2A Coach of the Year on Friday. He had been named Class 2A Region 1 Coach of the Year the week before. Foster has coached wrestling at Blaine for 17 seasons and in that time has overseen 10 state champions and 45 state medal winners.
2/18 Blaine 58,
2/20 Blaine 45, Mt. Baker 41
2/17 Blaine 69,
2/20 Blaine 59, Mt. Baker 51