We had the JV qualifier and the “End of Days” Tournament at Lakes HS. While the JV did a nice job during the qualifier we had two wrestlers at the Lakes tournament that did an outstanding job. We had a total of 5 wrestlers reach the finals and 2 others that took co-third places. Of particular note was Sean McAlhaney, who not only pinned his way through the tournament but was also un-scored upon. Additionally, Tristan Steciw stepped up his game as he pinned his way to the finals where he dominated a state ranked 3A opponent 21-7 in the finals. For his efforts, Tristan was voted outstanding lower weight wrestler for the tournament. These two efforts, and the efforts of the entire team helped propel Skyline to a second place team finish. Well done fellas!!!!!
For the week of 1/14/13 we had two dual meets and the Curtis tournament for the week. We started out the week with a dual meet against Redmond followed by another dual meet against Ballard. We had one wrestler that went 5-0 for the week with 3 big pins at the Curtis tournament to take 1st place and help his team to a 2nd place team finish. Bo Longmore persevered against his tough Redmond opponent and won a hard fought decision then went on to Tech Fall his Ballard opponent during senior night. His win, along with many of his teammates secured a 10-0 dual meet record for our team.
For the week of 1/7/13 we had two dual meets and a JV tournament. We started off the week on Tuesday with a tough meet against Inglemoor at home. Each individual win would be critical in the success of the team win as we gave up 6 points worth of forfeits to a very solid team. We had a number of pivotal matches but one that comes to mind is at 138. Alex Smith battled his Inglemoor opponent for two periods then took solid control of the match in the third period to seal his individual victory. His win inspired his teammates as the team went on to win the team match an secure at least a tie for the KingCo Dual meet Championship.
The JV went to the Lake Washington Tournament and then our entire team participated in the Eastside Catholic Tournament. Due to the holidays and other factors we only entered 9 scoring varsity wrestlers. Everyone wrestled great and we managed to get 8 wrestlers into the finals. While we had many deserving individuals who won the tournament, one particular wrestler stands out. He went 4-0 with 4 pins during the tournament and he beat the 4th, 1st, and 3rd seeded wrestlers. He not only won the tournament but also was not scored upon. Well done Kody Nguyen.
We had a dual meet against Issaquah and the JV attended the Highline JV Tournament. For the past couple of years, our meet with Issaquah has been very heated and close, and every individual win is critical towards the team success. As in past practice for this year, we had to give up two forfeits. Fortunately for us, Issaquah also couldn’t fill a particular weight class so we only gave up 6 points in forfeits. Additionally, during the holiday season we might have a varsity starter or two not be able to participate due to family commitments, which makes it that much more challenging to win as a team. Fortunately for us, Garin Swanson stepped up at 132lbs and fought a great match. For two rounds, Garin weathered the storm that his Issaquah opponent threw at him. Garin then wore down his Issaquah opponent to record a dramatic third period pin of 5:59 giving his teammates a need win and keeping our team momentum going. His win helped secure our team victory.
Additionally, we want to acknowledge Jim and Chris Gurke for their part in giving Joey the opportunity to wrestle against Issaquah. As I’ve said before, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The Gurke’s were all scheduled to leave for a family vacation on 12/19 but after some discussion with Coach it was agreed that they would change Joey’s flight reservations (penalty involved) and let him stay until 12/21 so he could compete in the Issaquah meet. I don’t need to remind everyone how valiantly Joey wrestled that evening as he too weathered the storm and beat his Issaquah opponent 15-10. Jim and Chris Gurke are the first parent recipients of the WTW shirt for their sacrifice to our village. Congratulations and our sincere thanks as this kept alive our opportunity to be conference dual meet champs.
We started the week off with a double dual against Roosevelt and Woodinville then finished off with the Shelton Tournament. Joseph DeMatteo certainly didn’t disappoint as he started off the week with two wins during our dual meet competition and finished the week with a 4-1 record. He was seeded 3rd at the Shelton Tournament and ran into a ranked wrestler from Union who he pinned in the semi final round. He had a hard fought matched against a state placer from West and finished 2nd in the tournament.
We started out the week with a triple dual against Garfield and Eastlake followed by a tough tournament at Decatur. We had a talented Sophomore lead the way as he went 4-1 for the week with 3 pins. Nate Swanson started us off with a solid pinning performance against Eastlake as he was bumped up to 113. He then followed that by placing 2nd at the Decatur tournament. Along the way he had 2 pins for us at Decatur.
We started our season with a dual meet against Bothell then participated in our “Clash of the Classes Tournament.” Michael Mecham didn’t necessarily start off his season on a high note as he battled hard but lost a tough match against a returning state placer from Bothell. However, he bounced back with gusto as he won 4 matches during our tournament. He pinned two of his opponents and battled hard in two other matches to earn victories.