Knights take first place at Lynnwood Classic | Wrestling

By David Pan | Dec 21, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Warren Han won an 8-4 decision in the 160 finals.

Kamiak was at the top of its game at the Lynnwood Classic.

Three wrestlers won titles and the rest of their teammates all placed in the top four to lead the Knights to their first tournament championship under coach Bryan Stelling.

“It really felt like everyone wrestled their best,” said Stelling, who is in his seventh season as head coach. “That was really exciting.”

If he had to name one of the Knights as the wrestler of the meet, Stelling said he probably would choose Richard Chung, who won the 106-pound crown with a pin over Mariner’s Payton Britton at 1 minute, 7 seconds. Chung opened with a pin over Meadowdale’s Erick Gonzales at 1:34 and then beat Edmonds-Woodway’s Angus Rate in 14 seconds.

“He was outstanding,” Stelling said of Chung. “He pinned every single guy in the first round. … He’s on fire now.”

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Austin Pomada also recorded three pins en route to the 285 title. He dispatched Mountlake Terrace’s Michael Phu in 1:07.

“It was an impressive takedown,” Stelling said. “He lifted that guy off the mat and took him right to his back.”

Pomada opened with a pin of Mariner’s Alex Tran in 2:28 and then pinned Meadowdale’s Alex Krueger in 1:59.

Warren Han outlasted Mountlake Terrace’s Pavel Oliferovskiy 8-4 in the 160 finals. Han pinned Mariner’s Tyler Balderas in 1:25 and then pinned Shorecrest’s Layne Lyons in 3:53.

“He wrestled hard all day,” Stelling said. “He got a little bit ahead and then the last round he just kind of hung on.”

Also placing for Kamiak were Peter Kim (second at 113), Satya Fawcett (second at 132), Guage Holland (second at 145), Anthony Armad (third at 152), Max Furlong Benedetti (third at 182), Jaden Stetler (third at 195) and Drew Kindle (second at 220).

The Knights came out strong, as all 10 individual recorded pins in their first round matches.

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