Mariner’s Weaver brings home medal | Boys wrestlingKamiak accepts 4A State Academic championship
Mariner’s Levi Weaver recorded a crucial escape with just over 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and scored a takedown to secure fifth place in the 4A 138-pound division at Mat Classic XXIX.
Weaver’s takedown gave him a 5-3 overtime win over Mead’s DeVante Goodman in the fifth/sixth place match Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tacoma Dome.
The junior credited practices with teammates Roman Savchuk and Josh Giron for Saturday’s victory. The two are very solid from the top and make Weaver work hard on his escapes.
“I want to thank my teammates for getting me here,” Weaver said. “They’ve been there every step of the way.”
Mariner coach Carl Wilkins said that Weaver’s conditioning may have been the difference.
“I honestly think that conditioning was a factor,” Wilkins said. “Levi works hard and we work hard in the room to have good conditioning. It looked like to me the kid was fading a little bit.”
Weaver said that practice prepared him for overtime.
“I just knew I had to shoot,” he said. “We drill this situation many times with my teammates and my coaches. We always do quick rounds where a takedown wins and that helped develop me for this situation.”
Kamiak senior Warren Han wrapped up his high school wrestling career with an eighth-place finish at 160. Han lost a 6-2 decision to Mead’s Tristen Justice in the seventh/eighth place match.
Han was a big part of Kamiak’s success as a team this season. The Knights were named the 4A State Academic champions on Saturday.
“He’s a tremendous leader for us and had a great season,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “We’re just so proud that he placed this year. … He’s a very good mentor to the other kids.”