MTHS honors retiring wrestling coach at final home meet

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Kevin Massey of MTHS and Nate Tibbott of Meadowdale.
Shawn Poole of MTHS and Mason Smith of Meadowdale.
Current and former wrestlers and assistants join Coach Vierra for a photo following the meet.
Current and former wrestlers and assistants join Coach Vierra (with balloons) for a photo following the meet.

Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

On a night where Mountlake Terrace honored its senior wrestlers and its retiring head coach, the Meadowdale Mavericks crashed the party by defeating Terrace 59-24 in the final home dual meet for the Hawks this year.

The Mavericks sport a strong contingent of wrestlers on their squad, four who are state ranked by washingtonwrestlingreport.net. “I’m proud of our kids who wrestled those state-ranked kids,” said Hawk Coach Kanoe Vierra. “They wrestled them tough, a lot tougher than I thought they would wrestle them.”

The wrestling was overshadowed by a ceremony recognizing Vierra and his 19 years coaching in the wrestling program at the high school. In addition to being recognized by current wrestlers and their parents, he was honored by more than 20 alumni who were on hand.

“I’ve been involved with wrestling for 50 years,” Vierra said following the meet. “I love the sport; I love what it does. When I look around at these guys I think it is just incredible to see what they are doing now. For them to come tonight was a good surprise. All I wanted was to get through tonight and go away quietly. But other people had other things in mind.”

Although Vierra will be stepping aside from the head coaching duties following this season, he’s not retiring from education. He teaches English and serves as the Dean of Students at Scriber High School, and hopes to continue helping out with the development of high school wrestlers in the area.

“I will probably come into the room periodically,” Vierra confessed. He wants to stay involved with the freshman program, and help to continue to grow girls wrestling at the high school level in the south Snohomish County and north King County area.

For now Vierra and the rest of the MTHS wrestlers will stay focused on this season as the team will travel to Glacier Peak for their final dual meet of the year next Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. against the Grizzlies.

Meadowdale 59 – Mountlake Terrace 24
Individual results by weight class
106  Trung Banh (MTHS) defeated Mark Evanks (MHS) by pinfall, 2:43
113  Adrian Guzman (MHS) declared winner by forfeit
120  Beck Millet (MHS) defeated Taylor Hetherington (MTHS) by pinfall, 5:49
126  Ryan Keith (MHS) defeated Marqueta Johnson (MTHS) by pinfall
132  Taron Castleton (MTHS) defeated Luke Lindgren (MHS) by pinfall, 2:19
138  Danil Oliferovskiy (MTHS) declared winner by forfeit
145  Nate Tibbott (MHS) defeated Kevin Massey (MTHS) by pinfall, 2:33
152  Colton Davis (MHS) defeated Kami Roberts (MTHS) by pinfall, :30
160  Morgan Smith (MHS) defeated Lex Davis (MTHS) by pinfall, :38
170  Shawn Poole (MTHS) defeated Mason Smith (MHS) by pinfall, 3:16
182  John Phan (MHS) declared winner by forfeit
195  Ciaran Ball (MHS) defeated Brett Potter (MTHS) by technical fall, 18-6
220  Crayson Wallace (MHS) defeated Eric Breznen (MTHS) by pinfall, :18
285  Tim Smith (MHS) defeated Jazz Borromeo (MTHS) by pinfall, 3:14

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