Edmonds School District fields four champions in wrestling invitational

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Lynnwood's Hunter Lord takes on Mountlake Terrace's Syd Springberg.

Lynnwood’s Hunter Lord takes on Mountlake Terrace’s Syd Springberg in the 170 lb. final.

Edmonds School District teams put 10 wrestlers in the finals and had four champions in the 42nd Edmonds-Woodway Invitational Wrestling Tournament, held Saturday at EWHS. Two schools finished in the top 10 of the 18-team tournament, featuring teams from across the state. Lynnwood collected a fourth-place team trophy, while Edmonds-Woodway finished seventh. Southridge High School from Kennewick won the event.

At 160 lbs, Nathan Vulliet earned his way to the finals with a pin and two major decisions. In the semifinals, Vulliet defeated Reald Markokaj from Lynnwood 15-2. Markokaj went on to place third. Vulliet faced Mason McDaniel from Juanita in the finals. Both wrestlers were placers in the state tournament last year. Vulliet jumped out to and early lead before McDaniel scored a reversal and closed the gap to 5-4 late in the third round. Vulliet escaped and defended his lead, hanging on to win 6-4. Vulliet was awarded the Bryce Cook Outstanding Wrestler at the end of the tournament. Coach Cook, a Hall Fame coach retired from Edmonds-Woodway, was on hand to present the award.

The 170 lb. final was a match-up between two district high schools, Hunter Lord from Lynnwood and Syd Springberg from Mountlake Terrace. Both Lord and Springberg were in the 2013 state tournament. Both wrestlers earned their way to the finals by pinning all of their opponents. The match was close and hard fought before Lord finally won by a fall in the third round. Lord was awarded the Bruce Cook Outstanding Wrestler Award. Bruce Cook is a Hall of Fame Coach who coached his entire career at Meadowdale High School.

At 195 lbs, Ciaran Ball from Meadowdale pinned each wrestler he faced to earn his way to the finals. In the finals, Ball — a state placer last year — faced Eli Teu Teu from Bethel. Ball defeated Teu Teu by a pin to finish the tournament by pinning all his opponents.

At 220 lbs, there was another across-town match up between Lynnwood’s Manuel Vazquez and Meadowdale’s Tim Smith. Both wrestlers got to the finals pinning everyone they faced. In the final, Vazquez dominated the match, winning the title by a fall.

Other area athletes in the championship finals included Ebrima Fatty (106), Hiram Martin (138) and Spencer Schultz for Edmonds- Woodway, all finishing second; also finishing second was Daniel Oliferovskiy (152) from Mountlake Terrace.

In the consolation bracket, placing third were Sidat Kanyi (113), Andres Sabates (113) and Gabe Baltazar (120) from Edmonds-Woodway; and Oscar Salazar (106), Reald Markokaj (160) and Mahdi Shahhosseini (285) from Lynnwood.

At the end of the tournament, Edmonds-Woodway assistant coach Rich Vulliet was awarded the Mike Hanchett Coaches Award for Good Sportsmanship. Hanchett, who graduated from Edmonds High School and went on spend 29 years coaching at College Place Middle School and Edmonds-Woodway before retiring there as head coach, was on hand to present the award.

The tournament finals were live audiostreamed on www.soundsportsnet.com; you can listen to the archives there.

– Story by Mike Cooper

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