State gymnastics and wrestling meets successful for Valley high schools, athletes

Yesterday was a busy, but also tremendous, day for several local high school athletes at the state wrestling and gymnastics meets in Tacoma.

The Mat Classic proved to be a successful one yesterday for all three Valley high school wrestlers who made it into the final day of the state tournaments at the Tacoma Dome.

Both of Mount Si High School’s representatives finished with trophies. Brennan Dalgleish took fourth overall at 220 lbs.; after being shut out 12-0 in his semifinal by Camas’ Dylan Ingram, the Wildcat senior rebounded and made it into the third-place match, but fell there to Mead’s Collin Grosse, being pinned by the Spokane-area competitor in that contest.

Meanwhile, Mason Marenco grabbed fifth at 170 lbs.; he fell in his semifinal to Lake Stevens’ Malchi Lawrence, who went on to win the title at that weight class last night. Marenco then fell again in the third-place semifinal to end up in the fifth-place match, where he pinned another Viking, Angelo Loera, to take that trophy position.
These results propelled Mount Si to a top-20 team finish in the 4A team standings; they scored 28 points and took 19th overall, with Tahoma winning the 4A team title.

Cedarcrest High School’s lone entrant in yesterday’s action also placed; Parker McBride took third at 113 lbs. in the 2A meet, successfully making his way through a couple of loser-out matches to earn a spot in the third-place match, where he blanked Jacob Flores from Orting 6-0 to take that top trophy position. Cedarcrest, on the strength of that result, finished 28th as a team in the 2A team standings, with 21 points. Toppenish won the 2A team title, scoring 157 points.

Next door to the Dome at the Dome’s exhibition hall, it was also a solid end to two MSHS senior gymnasts’ high school careers. Shelby Johnson and Samantha Holmes closed out their four years in the Wildcat program yesterday, competing in the 4A individual vault finals at the state 4A gymnastics meet. Johnson finished 10th and Holmes took 14th overall. Both scored better than 9.0 – Johnson a 9.275 and Holmes a 9.175.

Yesterday’s action marked the end of the winter high school sports season for local high schools. Both schools now take this coming week off and will start spring sports on February 27 with first practices for baseball, softball, golf, and other sports.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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