Hunter Haney’s pin at 126 gave the Hornets the edge. But Haney had to beat teammate Jake Treece in the process.
TACOMA — An odd situation came up Saturday where the Enumclaw High School wrestling team had to suffer a loss to gain as a team. For the first time in school history, two Hornets faced each other in the state wrestling finals.
Senior Hunter Haney pinned teammate Jake Treece in 2:57 for the 126-pound title, the pin points helping Enumclaw clinch the 3A championship for the fifth time in school history. The Hornets beat North Central, 110-108.5.
“It really makes it more difficult to wrestle the match,” said Haney, who finished the season 37-5. “You know each other’s takedowns and you know what’s going to happen. You just have to think outside the box and hit something off the wall like I was I was able to there.”
Enumclaw added to 3A titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
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“It’s bittersweet, because you want to be out there cheering on your kids, but you’ve got two kids from the same team, so you have that conflict of interest there,” said Enumclaw coach Adam Eilers.
North Central’s Izaec Quintanilla finished his career with a third straight title after beating Arlington’s Ruben Crew 12-1 in the 160 final. Senior Fred Green of Orting won the 138 final in 2A to become the 12th boy, 13th in all classifications, to win four state titles.
Bellevue senior Christian Villani (152 in 3A) finished his senior season in style when he pinned Peninsula’s Zach Goddard at the 4:36 mark. Villani, who won his third state title, completed his injury-plagued career with a 124-4 record, going 30-1 this season. He was his crisp, risk-taking self, against Goddard, leaving nothing out of his arsenal in his emotional finale.
“Tears of happiness,” said Villani, who is considering a preferred walk-on role at Arizona State University. “Right before the match, I got more emotional than I am now. It’s the last time I ever get coached by my coaches, my friends [here] and cheered on by my local family. There’s just so much love in all of it.”
• Liberty senior Conner Small, who is signed to wrestle at Arizona State University, captured his first state title at 170 pounds in 2A. Senior Matthew Iwicki of Eastside Catholic won his second state title — this time at 145 — after winning 120 as a sophomore. Sam Lindsey (37-7), a senior from Auburn, captured the 182 final with a 2-0 victory. Mercer Island senior Taylan Yuasa (113) reached the finals, but couldn’t finish. He lost via pin in 1:40 to North Central sophomore Clai Quintanilla, who won his second straight title. In a touching moment after the loss, Yuasa signaled the end of his career and celebrated the memory of his grandfather, Jerry Yuasa, by sitting down in the middle of the mat to remove his shoes. “I know my grandpa would be proud of me if he saw me out there today,” he said.
|Local wrestling champions|
|Title winners of note from Mat Classic:|
|132||4A||Michael Soler||Lake Stevens|
|145||3A||Matt Iwicki||Eastside Catholic|
|170||4A||Mark Mulligan||Mount Si|
|170||2A||Conner Small||Liberty (Issaquah)|
|195||3A||Evan Condon||Mercer Island|
|195||4A||Cody Vigoren||Lake Stevens|
|285||3A||Mosese Fifita||Glacier Peak|