SVSJ preview: Cedarcrest wrestling has lofty goals in new Wesco landscape

EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue our winter high school sports preview series in the SVSJ today wrapping up the Cedarcrest portion of the series, looking at what to expect for Red Wolves on the wrestling mat in the new Wesco landscape. Tomorrow and through the weekend, Mount Si’s winter sports take center stage, with looks at basketball, gymnastics and wrestling. We thank coaches Brad Knowles, Mark Ward and Joe Ayers (girls’ basketball, wrestling and boys’ basketball, respectively) for completing the questionnaires they were sent and getting those back to us.

Cedarcrest High School’s wrestling team makes its first foray into the tougher Wesco Conference this winter, but aims to be very competitive in the new league.

Mark Ward returns as head coach, for his fifth season at the helm and will be assisted this year by Jeff Keener and Adam Reid, both of whom are in their second season. Reid is the father of top senior returner Fredrick, who will compete at 170 lbs. off a trip to state last season, and freshman Evan, who will be working the 126 lbs. division. Ward expects big things from the younger Reid brother. “Evan is going to have a big impact in the line up,” he told us by email. And considering that his older brother has been a stalwart his first three years in the CHS program, fans can expect a similar performance from Evan this season.

Matt Weinert, another top senior returner, was fourth in state at 170 last season and will be moving up a division, either to 182 or 195 lbs. “He’s got his eye on a state title this year,” Ward told us. Fellow senior Caleb Lay will be at 195 after qualifying for the Mat Classic state meet last season at 182. “He also has his eye on a state title,” according to the coach. And rounding out the senior group, Austin Link (132) comes back after also making state last season, and both Michael Norris (145) and Preston Goodwin (152) will look to make runs toward Tacoma and the big state meet at the end of this season.

The Red Wolves, according to Ward, have some very lofty goals this season. First off, they want to make a statement right away within Wesco, and win the conference title. That could be a challenge what with the many 3A teams and Archbishop Murphy to face, but this Cedarcrest program has been a perennially strong program in the 2A high school ranks and should be in contention in most every meet backed by the significant experience of this group, which also will include returning sopohomore Demetrious Giampapa, at 182 and who narrowly missed a trip to state last season, having made it as an alternate but not competing.

“We think we have a very tough team this year,” Ward said. “With four returning state qualifiers and the largest senior class in many years, we are in a position to wrestle with or beat any team in the Wesco. Our last meet of the year is against Edmonds-Woodway. That could likely determine the league champs. We are looking forward to building a long lasting rivalry with them.”
As part of the overall preparation for the coming season, the Red Wolves were busy over the summer, attending three camps – in Idaho, eastern Washington and one ironically hosted by the E-W team. “We are looking forward to competing in the Wesco. We believe our summer wrestling camps have prepared us to compete on any level,” Ward said.

The season opens next Thursday night, at home with Marysville-Getchell. There will also be home meets December 18 (a double-dual with Meadowdale and Lynnwood) then again on January 9 (a single meet with Mountlake Terrace, which will serve as Senior Night. Saturday tournaments this season are December 1 (White River Classic, a CHS staple the past several years), December 8 (Bonney Lake, a new event this year for the Red Wolves), December 15 (Lindbergh in Renton, another event that CHS is familiar with from past years), January 12 (King of the Mountain in Darrington, a Red Wolves staple over the years) and January 19 (South Kitsap, another event Cedarcrest has competed in before). Single home meets begin at 7:00 with the double-dual starting at 5:45. All home meets are at CHS’ gym in Duvall, 29000 NE 150th St.

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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