Six locals win individual championships Saturday
DEMING — Mount Baker boys wrestling, powered by four individual championships, easily cruised to the team title at the 10-school Mount Baker Invite Saturday.
The Mounties (4-0, 2-0 Northwest Conference), ranked No. 2 in the state by washingtonwrestlingreport.net, continued their run of terror this season, placing 17 grapplers in the top-six to notch 252 points, outdistancing runner-up Class 4A Glacier Peak (202 points).
Ranked third in Class 1A, junior Nico Johnson (17-2) won the 106-pound title with a pin in 1:34 over 7th-ranked freshman teammate Jorey Johnson (15-3).
Freshman Christopher Rathjen (15-3), ranked No. 12, won the 120-pound title with a pin over Darrington’s Darrin Sedenius in 1:46.
Sixth-ranked freshman Elijah Washburn (11-1) captured the 138-pound title with a 6-5 decision over Sultan’s Aidan Fleming. Top-ranked junior Kilian Cronk (22-1) pinned Sultan’s Hunter Jones in 3:53 in the 145-pound championship.
Third-ranked Kanin Moa (11-2) entered undefeated took his first losses of the season while wrestling in the 195-pound bracket, placing fourth after losing his final two matches. Moa said he feels like Baker has a chance to place at state this year.
“We are pretty loaded this year,” Moa said. “We’re just powering through it. This year would be our year to place at state.
Nooksack Valley’s Cameron Bauman (195) and Levi Harlan (220) also won individual championships, helping the Pioneers tie for seventh place.
Pioneers junior Alan Hernandez (5-6), in his first year wrestling, went 1-2 in the 152 weight class but was encouraged by the growth he’s seen out of himself early in the season. His best friend and teammate Jose Lopez inspired him to try out for the team this year.
“I think it’s pretty fun,” Hernandez said. “I like the coaches. When they yell at you it puts you in that mindset that you have to do it, and it’s good for you. Even if you’re losing, you just have to give it your all. Even if you lose it’s fine.”
Lynden placed fifth with 112.5 points, advancing 10 wrestlers into the top six, led by second-place finishes by senior Bodie Human at 170 pounds and Heriberto Cruz at 132 pounds.
Human (5-6) pinned three straight opponents to reach the championship match, where he took a technical fall to Granite Falls’ Antelmo Hernandez (16-5)
“You just have to go with what comes at you, go with the flow,” Human said. “I felt pretty good.”
Meridian came in 10th with seven points. Ryan Jensen scored three points after going 1-2 in the 106-pound division and Corbin Marshal tallied four points while going 1-2 in the 170-pound weight class.
Mount Baker, 252
Glacier Peak, 202
Granite Falls, 193.5
South Whidbey, 78.5
Nooksack Valley 73, Darrington 73
106: Nico Johnson, Mount Baker, first; Jorey Johnson, Mount Baker, second; Kaleb Oostra, Lynden, fourth.
113: K.J. Chapman, Mount Baker, second; Vasily Gorskikh, Nooksack Valley, fourth.
120: Christopher Rathjen, Mount Baker, first; Adonai Lara, Lynden, fourth; Ryker Marsing, Mount Baker, fifth; Favian Chavez, Lynden, sixth.
126: Gryphon Heiner, Mount Baker, fourth.
132: Heriberto Cruz, Lynden, second; Jimmy Johnson, Mount Baker, fifth.
138: Elijah Washburn, Mount Baker, first; Adrian Bueno, Lynden, third; Gage Morgan, Nooksack Valley, fifth.
145: Kilian Cronk, Mount Baker, first.
152: Eli Freeman, Mount Baker, second.
160: Colby Wagar, Mount Baker, second.
170: Bodie Human, Lynden, second; Collin Favro, Mount Baker, fourth; Jordon Hughes, Mount Baker, fifth; Colby Wagar, Mount Baker, sixth.
182: Phil Paez, Mount Baker, third; David Hernandez-Medina, Lynden, fourth.
195: Cameron Bauman, Nooksack Valley, first; Kanin Moa, Mount Baker, fourth.
220: Levi Harlan, Nooksack Valley, first; Cody Saulsbury, Mount Baker, third; Maninderpal Jassar, Lynden, sixth.
285: David Hernandez-Solano, Lynden, fifth.