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Seniors go out on top at Classic
Roberts, Brooks and Lyons end their prep wrestling careers on a positive note.
TACOMA Its not how you start, but how you finish.
And three Bainbridge wrestlers are happy with how they rounded out Mat Classic XVIII last weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Brian Robert took sixth in the 160-pound category, while Ian Brooks placed eighth in the 152-pound category, while Anna Lyons finished first in her group at the girls invitational.
Robert lost a tough match to Foster Orton from East Valley out of Spokane for fifth place.
After a scoreless first period, Robert scored on an escape, then tweaked his ankle as he tried to escape Ortons grasp. It was all Orton from then on, as he scored two takedowns and an escape for the win.
Despite the loss, Robert said his coaches were still proud of him.
Before State they said if I placed because of my injury (they would be happy), he said. Im happy with that, but I wish I could have done better. Ive never been injured in my four years until right before State.
To get there, Robert dropped a 6-2 decision to Bellinghams Reid Chivers, but defeated Mike Gottbreht from River Ridge 8-4, then outlasted Keoni Nisley from Lakes in a 2-0 decision with the only score coming on a reversal.
Brooks defeated Leif Woldseth from Franklin Pierce in his opening match by pinfall, but was pinned by eventual champion Derek Driscoll from W.F. West High School out of Chehalis in the quarterfinals.
I would have liked to have given him a hard time, but I wasnt in my position, he said. I havent seen anybody close to that level this year.
Brooks rebounded to shut out Columbia Rivers Jordan Wigington by a score of 6-0.
I definitely improved from last year, he said. I felt like I made it my match instead of letting him (Wigington) take over.
On Saturday, Brooks lost to Josh Kartchner from Columbia River by a 12-2 major decision and was pinned by Evan Thorpe from Bishop Blanchet in the second period.
Lyons won all of the matches in her group by outlasting Christina Cox of LaCenter in a 1-0 decision, pinning Kirsten Schumacher of Fife in the first period and defeated Jennifer LaDean of Lynwood in a 4-3 decision.
I was pretty confident, Lyons said. No one was going to take this away from me. Its my last year, so theres no way.
While she doesnt know if there will be any other female wrestlers to follow her at Bainbridge, she was interested in the news that a separate girls tournament is in the works, debuting as soon as next season. Nearly 160 girls participated in this years invitational.
I wish they would have done it this year, Lyons said. That would be good because theres enough girls now.
Eli Narte and Matt Ritualo didnt make it out of the first day of competition.
Ritualo fell to Mt. Sis Kyle Heath and Devin Moorman of Yakimas West Valley High School, while Narte lost to eventual champion Jim Belleville of Black Hills and Michael Takemura of Bellingham.
The freshman wasnt deterred.
Ill be back, Narte vowed.