Marauders capture two district titles | WrestlingMariner’s Weaver, Herbert finish first at Wesco 4A championships
Mariner walked away with two titles at the Wesco 4A/District 1 wrestling tournament.
Junior Levi Weaver took first place in the 138-pound division and senior Cayden Herbert captured the 220 championship Feb. 4 at Glacier Peak High School.
Weaver and Herbert, along with four teammates, advance to the Region 1 tournament Feb. 11 at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way.
Weaver pinned Monroe’s Taylor Ivy at the 1:39 mark in the finals, while Herbert won a 15-8 decision over Monroe’s Josh Felder. Weaver had plenty of experience and success against Ivy.
“I’ve wrestled him five times before, so I knew I could beat him,” said Weaver, who won all five matches. “I’m excited for better competition. I’m excited for harder matches. I’m looking forward to it (regionals).”
Weaver recorded a pin in 1:12 and an 11-2 decision to move on to Saturday’s finals.
“Levi wrestled well,” Mariner coach Carl Wilkins said. “He came in as the No. 1 seed and he wrestled just like he was the No. 1 seed. He looked good and was pretty dominant. That’s fun, to have a little breathing room.”
Herbert’s super conditioning helped him in both the semifinals, a 21-17 decision over Kamiak’s Drew Kindle, and in the finals. Herbert also was familiar with his final’s opponent, having both won and lost to Felder.
“It’s my second win. He beat me my first try,” Herbert said. “He’s a smart wrestler, but I was just able to learn from mistakes … and progress on that. It felt good to actually be able to show how much I could learn and grow off of that.”
The finals featured a delay in the action when some confusion arose over the score. Herbert would have preferred no break in the action.
“I’m way more conditioned and when you’re more conditioned, those are the times when you’re a better athlete,” Herbert said. “He was getting really tired and I wasn’t. I was ready to rock and roll.”
Herbert’s conditioning enabled him to edge Kindle.
“That was another spot where I’m more conditioned,” Herbert said. “I was able to take him down … It was a challenging match.”
Wilkins noted that all the Marauders work hard on their conditioning, but that it sometimes plays more of a role in Herbert’s matches.
“I push him all the time to be in as good as shape as he can be in for just those kind of matches,” Wilkins said. “Cayden wrestled him (Felder) smart. He wrestled him tough. There wasn’t any hanging out kind of stuff going on. He was still going after him.”
Felder finished seventh at last year’s state tournament, so beating him was a confidence boost for Herbert.
“I feel great. This is my first time winning districts,” he said. “I know what I can do based off this guy. He’s a great wrestler.”
Mariner junior Jose Parra recorded two pins to advance to the 195 finals where he was pinned by Cascade’s Adam Holston in 1:17. Still, Parra’s second-place finish was a pleasant surprise for the Marauders, who finished fifth overall in the team standings. Parra came into the tournament unseeded.
Lake Stevens easily won the team championship, scoring 440 points, well ahead of Monroe, which had 207.5 points. Glacier Peak (202.5), Jackson (182.5), Mariner (156) and Kamiak (141) followed.
Mariner senior Austin Kaytor pinned Monroe’s Isaac Cirillo at 5:58 to take third at 182. Senior Josh Giron (145) and freshman Joseph Adee (132) both finished fourth.
Kamiak advanced five boys and two girls to regionals. Junior Ally de la Cruz pinned Nooksack Valley’s Becca Averys at 2:30 in the 155 girls finals. Teammate Diana Cantini also advanced in the 100 division.
Kamiak senior Warren Han placed third at 160 with a 9-2 decision over Mount Vernon’s Zachary Cleave. Teammate Peter Kim (113) also took third, recording a pin over Jackson’s Cris Wilson at 5:10. Kamiak’s Anthony Armad (152), Max Furlong-Benedetti (170) and Drew Kindle (220) all finished fourth.
“We wrestled like how we expected to,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “The kids who were all seeded fourth or fifth, they all exceeded or met their seeds.”