Mariner senior headed to the Dome | Boys wrestling

3 Marauders, 4 Knights advance to Mat Classic
By David Pan | Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Joshua Giron won the 152-pound title at the 4A regional tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens.

Mariner’s Joshua Giron is headed to the big show.

After attending the state wrestling championships for years as a spectator and supportive teammate, Giron punched his ticket as a competitor by winning a 4A regional title Saturday, Feb. 10, at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens.

Giron prevailed 7-2 over Auburn Riverside’s Arthur Troncoso in the 152-pound finals.

“It feels great to win regionals,” said Giron, who also captured a district championship last week. “I’ve worked really hard to get there.”

Giron said that he spent the first round of the championship match feeling out his opponent.

“The second and third rounds I started picking up the pace a little bit and that’s where the success starting coming,” he said. “That’s where I started getting more of a lead in points.”

The Mariner senior is prepared to leave everything he has out on the mat this weekend.

“I feel pretty good coming into it,” Giron said. “It’s my last year, so I’m going out with a bang. I feel like I’m coming in really prepared. This is the best condition I’ve been in in my life.”

Giron has watched friends and some cousins wrestle at Mat Classic and also has trained with teammates, so being down on the mat shouldn’t be an overwhelming experience for the first-time state competitor.

He anticipates the experience to be more of euphoric feeling.

“It makes me happy to just see a whole bunch of wrestlers in one place and they’re all doing the sport I love,” Giron said.

Two other Marauders will be joining Giron at Mat Classic XXX Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at the Tacoma Dome.

Senior Levi Weaver finished third at 182, winning a majority decision over Auburn Riverside’s Sam Onichchenko. Senior Alex Tran finished fourth at 220.

Kamiak is sending four individuals to state, not including girls regional champions Ally de la Cruz (140) and Diana Cantini (105).

Junior Drew Kindle placed second at 220. Kindle lost by injury default in the title match to Auburn Riverside’s William Russell. The Kamiak standout landed awkwardly on his left elbow during a takedown. At first the concern was that Kindle broke the elbow but it was determined to be a severe sprain. Kindle’s status for state was undetermined at the start of the week.

Senior Anthony Armad (170), junior Guage Holland (152) and sophomore Richard Chung (113) all finished fourth in their respective divisions.

“To have four participants, that’s the most boys we’ve ever had,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said.

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