Wildcat wrestlers dominate in mat opener against Juanita

Mount Si’s wrestling team opened the season with a solid victory last night at home over Juanita.

Of the 14 matches which were scheduled, 11 of those went to Mount Si, with seven by forfeit, in a 66-18 win. Gunnar Harrison (132 lbs.), Ryley Absher (138) and Tanner Stahl (145) all won their contests over their Juanita foes by pin.

Wildcat coach Tony Schlotfeldt was pleased, to a point. “They all wrestled hard and well and we’re happy to take home a win,” he said. “But your first match always indicates a lot of things that you’re not working on and we saw some things that we definitely need to focus on.”

Tim Corrie (182), one of the forfeit winners, concurred with the coach’s view. “I thought we did pretty well. We fought hard. We may have done some really risky things, but we cleaned it up and fortunately, nothing happened,” he said.

In addition to Corrie, Hunter Conway (106), Andrew Harris (195), Griffin Armour (112), Cameron McLain (220), Eli Clure (120) and Nate Whited (285) also won their matches by forfeit. Closing out the match winners for the Wildcats was Bruce Stuart (145), who beat his Juanita foe, Brent Patterson, by injury default after the Rebel wrestler was injured on a Stuart takedown in the first period of the match. Patterson was immediately attended to on the mat by Juanita coaches and trainers, who were able to help him off the mat and out of the gym for further treatment.

The only two blips on what was otherwise a good night for Mount Si came in the 160 and 170 lb. weight divisions, where Max Kenagy (160) and Cole Palmer (170) both were pinned by their Rebel opponents.

Mount Si heads to Skyline High School tomorrow for their first tournament of the season – a meet against Kingco 4A teams.

Rhett Workman

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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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