SNOHOMISH – Cut Noah Cuzzetto down and he’s apt to carve you up on the wrestling mat. He loves turning doubters into believers, and he’s done his share of that over the past three seasons.
Cuzzetto, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, continued his unbeaten streak against in-state wrestlers Saturday by winning the 132-pound title at the WesCo 4A subregional tournament at Snohomish.
He won two state titles at Edmonds-Woodway (at 106 and 113) and this year hopes to help the Vikings capture their 10th team championship after moving with his family last summer. He has not lost to a Washington wrestler since his early his sophomore season and already has a scholarship to St. Cloud University in Minnesota.
Cuzzetto said many didn’t think he’d measure up as a wrestler, especially as he eventually moved up in weight class.
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“When I was a freshman, not too many people thought too highly of me,” he said. “I’ve kind of proven people wrong. … People have been a motivation, saying, ‘You’re too small’ or, ‘You can’t do this.’ ”
Cuzzetto pinned all three of his opponents Saturday and was one of four Lake Stevens champions, including sophomore Michael Soler at 113, who won a state title at 106 last year. The Vikings’ other winners were Jake Douglas (126) and Cody Vigoren (195).
Lake Stevens, ranked No. 2 in the state behind Union of Vancouver, held off Snohomish to win the team title, 379.5-356, and sends 15 qualifiers to next weekend’s Region I tournament at Central Kitsap.
Douglas and Vigoren were among the team’s nine state placers last season, both finishing fourth. Vigoren is rated No. 1 in the state at 195 and has lost only to a nationally ranked wrestler from Oregon this season.
Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said Cuzzetto has been a welcome addition to his storied program in many ways, stepping in as an “instant leader.”
The top five wresters in each weight class advanced. Snohomish is sending 12, led by champions Garrett Stich (182), Tristan Baus (220) and Mario Rojas. Baus is now an impressive 30-1.