Strong start to the New Year for Mariner, Kamiak | Wrestling

By David Pan | Jan 09, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Huy Le (right) faces off against Jackson’s Evan Johnson during a 170-pound match at the Panther Classic Saturday, Jan. 5, at Snohomish High School. Le recorded a pin at the 1:12 mark.

Mariner advanced a pair of wrestlers to the finals at the annual Everett Classic wrestling tournament.

Rowland Whited finished second in the 170-pound division and R.J. Fry also took second at 152 on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Everett High School.

Whited’s strong performance is an indication of just how far the Mariner junior standout has come this season. Whited came in nursing a back injury that sidelined him until the third week of practices.

“I think it’s a testament to him and how much he is working to get back to where he knows he can be,” Mariner coach Matt Beck said.

Much of the focus so far has been on getting Whited back into shape. Beck noted that Whited’s endurance is still not back to where it needs to be and that he also is wrestling up a weight class – 170 instead of 160.

“I’m excited to see him once we get him to his optimal weight class and back to full strength,” Beck said. “I don’t think there’s anybody he can’t beat when he’s at full strength.”

Fry, who has lost only one match this season, was unable to wrestle in the finals due to an injury suffered during the semifinals. Fry (21-1) won his first match by fall and then was awarded the semifinals match because he was unable to continue after his opponent was disqualified for a flagrant technical violation.

“He’s having a stellar season,” Beck said. “That kid is a gamer. When the lights turn on he’s out there on the mat giving 110 percent. … We’re very excited about the upcoming month and getting him ready for the postseason.”

While the Marauders were battling it out at Everett High School, district rival Kamiak faced off against some tough competition at the Panther Classic at Snohomish High School.

Junior Ian Faucher was the lone Knight to place, finishing third at 195, his best finish in a tournament this season.

Faucher won an 8-0 decision over Arlington’s Cole Hahn in his final match.

“That was a good win for him,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “It’s the first time he’s placed in the top three in a tournament.”

Senior Richard Chung (113) likely would have placed but suffered an injury and wasn’t able to wrestle in the consolation semifinals.

The Knights had solid performances with almost everyone winning at least one match. Only two wrestlers went 2-and-out.

“Many got two or three wins,” Stelling said.

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