Mountlake Terrace Hawk senior Ilai Wilson earned two pinfall victories on the first day of Mat Classic XXVIII, the state high school wrestling championships, being contested at the Tacoma Dome this weekend.
Chaplyn Mack and Gene An, the only other Hawks to qualify for the state tourney, didn’t fare as well on Friday, with each getting one win and two losses in their three matches.
While Mack and An have been eliminated from their respective weight class competitions, Wilson will be back on the mat on Saturday with hopes of earning as high as a third-place finish in the 220-pound weight class. Wilson will face Troy Woodruff on Marysville-Getchell in his first test – a loser-out match – of the day.
WIAA Mat Classic XXVIII Day One results, Mountlake Terrace wrestlers, Feb. 19
113 – Michael Campigotto (Peninsula) defeated Gene An (Mountlake Terrace) by pinfall, 4:22; Gene An (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Luke Hauser (Franklin) 9-4; Stephan Erosa (Everett) defeated Gene An (Mountlake Terrace), 6-0
160 – Chaplyn Mack (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Garret Owen (Mt. Tahoma) 5-4; Eddie Montiel (Shadle Park) defeated Chaplyn Mack (Mountlake Terrace) by pinfall, 3:52; Aaron Jumpa (Bainbridge) defeated Chaplyn Mack (Mountlake Terrace), 9-4
220 – Ilai Wilson (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Riley Lopez (Southridge) by pinfall, 1:36; Kyle Guthrie (Auburn) defeated Ilai Wilson (Mountlake Terrace), 6-1; Ilai Wilson (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Nate Slaton (Ferndale) by pinfall, 3:45
— By Doug Petrowski