Blaine’s wrestling team continued its undefeated dual meet performance this season with a 48-20 win over the Sehome Mariners last Wednesday at Blaine.
The night of Wednesday, January 19, was an extra special one for four seniors on the team since it was the last time they will compete at home in the regular season. Two out of the four seniors wrestling that night, Tony Jordan and Kelton Nix, walked away with a pin and a major decision, respectively.
The Borderites started off strong with freshman Kai Griffin gaining a technical fall over Sehome’s Avi Baird-Levine in the third round of the first match of the night. Griffin showed stone-faced intensity in winning 15 unanswered points over Baird-Levine.
After a forfeit to the Borderites’ Aiden Jackson pushed the team score to 11-0, Blaine, 119-pound Christian Sharp kept control over Sehome’s Steven Yazzie and won his match in a 6-1 decision.
Sehome’s first win of the night came at the hands of Jose Ramirez over Blaine’s Cody Blier, wrestling at 125 pounds. Blier held a slim 2-0 lead going into the third round of his match, but Ramirez was able to score quick near-fall points to put the final score 6-4 in his favor.
With the team score sitting at 14-3, Blaine, Nix secured a 17-6 major decision over Sehome’s Evan Villalobos to give Blaine four more team points. Jordan was the first of three pins in a row for the Borderites in his match against Ricky Heilman. Jordan, Shaypher Hendricks and Justin Belding each pinned their Sehome opponents within the first round of their respective matches.
Sehome started to answer Blaine’s 36-6 performance in the ninth match of the night, with the Mariners’ Carson Eiswald securing a 9-3 decision over Blaine senior Nick Barnes. Sehome’s Carl Erickson reversed a dominant performance from the Borderites’ Mike Macauley in the meet’s tenth match by pinning Macauley in the second round.
The Mariners’ Dante Gray finished off Blaine senior Todd Freeman with an 8-0 major decision after a slow but intense match. Forfeits to Blaine’s Sheldon Hicks and Michael Antczak and a loss for the Borderites’ Caleb Johnson against Joey Peach cemented the final team score 48-20, Blaine.
Though Sehome was able to manage 14 team points in five matches toward the end of the meet, it was truly too little too late to counter the Borderites’ dominant performance.
On Saturday, January 22, Blaine secured a second place finish at the Renton Invite, with O’Dea high school grabbing first, according to a Bellingham Herald article. Jordan and Johnson won their weight classes in the tournament, with Sharp and Jackson getting third place in their classes.
The Borderites next travel to Squalicum high school for the Northwest Conference sub-regional tournament on Friday, February 4. The action starts at 6 p.m.
Photo by Jeremy Schwartz