SVSJ preview: Mount Si wrestling aims for success in 2015-16

EDITOR’S NOTE: We wrap up our series of winter sports previews for Valley high schools this morning with a look at Mount Si High School wrestling. 

Mount Si High School’s wrestling program looks to have another solid season.

Back as coach this season is Tony Schlotfeldt. Schlotfeldt’s guidance helped several Mount Si athletes make it to the state Mat Classic tournament last season, with one, the now-graduated Mark Mulligan, winning it all at the 170-pound weight class. The veteran coach looks to build on that success. “I think just a continuation of what we’ve been working on over the past six or seven years, being aggressive, wrestling tough for three rounds, doing the best they can with the skills that they have,” he said.

Several wrestlers will be worth watching this season, led by the Marenco brothers. Junior Mason, at 160 lbs., made it to state last season and will aim for another trip this season, while his younger brother, Spencer, is a freshman this year and is the top newcomer to the team. Spencer has a tremendous resume as well in youth wrestling, having won a state title in the club circuit last year, so there’s going to be some high expectations for him coming into the year. Spencer’s recipe for success? “By working every day, not taking one day off,” he said.

Also back this season is senior Andrew Harris, who will compete at 220 lbs. and will aim for a second-straight trip to the Dome; he went last season. Sophomore Connor Holt (145) and junior Jack Hamerly (152) both are back this fall; these two made regionals last season and will look to break through and reach state this season.

A newcomer to watch is sophomore Kinsey Steskal. Girls’ wrestling is a growing sport around local high schools, and Mount Si has had a couple of young ladies give the sport a shot over the past several years. Steskal joins that small group, and will aim for success on the girls’ circuit this season. She is expected to compete in the lightweight classes, around 115-120 lbs. “She’s a hard worker. She was in gymnastics before so she’s got a lot of body control and I think that’s going to help her, in just kind of general movements in wrestling,” Schlotfeldt said. “A very coachable kid.”

The teams to beat in the league this season are expected to be Issaquah and Inglemoor, although Skyline could also be a team to watch. Mount Si will be competing in a state regional this season with teams from the Narrows League in south Puget Sound. Their first scheduled Saturday tournament is December 5 at Timberline High School in Lacey and is likely to feature teams from that region. “That’ll get us a taste for what’s in our region,” Schlotfeldt said.

The program also will be competing in tournaments in Everett, Centralia and Grandview over east of the mountains, and over the holiday break they’ll be competing in the Best of the West event in Pasco, a usual favorite of Schlotfeldt’s over the years as it gives the Wildcats a chance to compete against top wrestlers from eastern Washington, which tends to have some solid athletes year in and year out.

Mount Si opens the season Tuesday with a jamboree at Liberty High School in Renton, and their season opens with that meet at Timberline High School December 10. The Wildcats have home meets all scheduled in January. Consult for more information.

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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