The Mountlake Terrace wrestling team came into Saturday’s Lynnwood Invitational looking for a strong showing.
That’s what the Hawks did for the most part, as three individuals won titles and the team finished third in the 10-team field at Lynnwood High School.
Mountlake Terrace’s Syd Springberg was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler. He captured the 170-pound title with a pin over Cascade’s Kellen Polk at the 5-minute, 30-second mark.
Springberg wasn’t totally satisfied with how he wrestled Saturday.
“I feel like I needed to improve in some of my matches,” he said.
Springberg pinned Polk in 3:36 earlier in the season.
“He’s a tough wrestler,” Springberg said. “I was hoping to get him a bit sooner in the match. I wasn’t expecting to go five minutes with him.”
Springberg, who has been wrestling for 11 years, felt his technique was the key to the victory.
“He’s stronger than me,” Springberg said of his Cascade opponent. “But when it comes down to it and people are tired, technique comes into play.”
Mountlake Terrace coach Grant Thompson also liked Springberg’s technique as well as those of his teammates.
“Our guys are just technically and all-around starting to look at little cleaner,” Thompson said. “They’re not taking as much unnecessary risks. Their shots are starting to get better and we’re pinning people, which is good for tournaments. We’re looking good. I’m happy.”
Also recording wins were Taron Castleton (138) and Brett Potter (195). Castleton pinned Shorecrest’s Ricky Moraquez 34 seconds into overtime, while Potter edged Mariner’s Edgars Plorinsh 3-2.
“We wanted to win it (title),” Thompson said. “We were in the lead for a while. We were in a couple of matches that were just critical and we weren’t able to pull them out.”
The Hawks have a two-week break before their next match. But Thompson and the team will be busy.
“They’re going to be a lot of practices and some fine-tuning and a lot of cardio,” Thompson said.
Mariner won the team title, edging Cascade 160.5 to 156.5. Mountlake Terrace was third with 144.5.
— By David Pan