Spartans swell at 2019 Metro wrestling tourney

The Bainbridge High School varsity wrestling team notched eight top-10 finishes at the recent 2019 Metro Championship Wrestling Tournament at Cleveland High School.

Fifteen schools participated in the league tournament, with the regional event set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Nathan Hale High School.

The WIAA State Championship will be held Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome.

At the Metro tourney, BHS placed eighth overall (101.5 points).

O’Dea took the top spot (200.5), followed by Rainier Beach (198) and Ingraham (190.5).

Hiram Topham was the top BHS finisher of the day, claiming the first-place spot in the 106-pound bracket.

First, he received a bye. Then, he pinned Chief Sealth’s Jason Hoang in 3:28.

In the semifinal match, Topham scored a 10-2 major decision against Rainier Beach’s Duy Nguyen, then an 8-1 decision against Ingraham’s Solomon Dowidar for the championship.

Also excelling in the 106-pound bracket for BHS was Garrett Swanson, the second-best Spartan of the day, who finished third.

Swanson also moved through a first-round bye. In the quarterfinal match, he scored a 4-0 decision win against O’Dea’s Connor Richardson. He lost in the semifinal match, a 9-1 major decision against Ingraham’s Solomon Dowidar. Then, in his first consolation match, Swanson pinned Chief Sealth’s Jason Hoang in 4:20 before claiming a 9-8 decision against Rainier Beach’s Duy Nguyen for third place.

In the 126-pound bracket, BHS’ Indigo Weappa placed fifth overall.

First, he received a bye, then won by major decision over Blanchet’s Adam Helser 12-0. In the quarterfinal, Weappa won by decision over Emmett Donnelly of Nathan Hale, 6-3.

In the semifinal, Adriel Liau, of Ingraham, won by fall in 4:55, and Weappa lost again in his first consolation bout to Javier Pop (Rainier Beach) in a 5-3 decision.

In the fifth-place match, though, Weappa won by decision over Emmett Donnelly (Nathan Hale) 6-2.

Other stellar Spartans who finished toward the top of the heap included team captain Oleg Maguire and Clayton Marsh, who finished fourth in the 138- and 152-pound brackets, respectively; Doug Takada who finished in fifth place in the 145-pound bracket; and Cameron Williams and Tyler Pickett who finished seventh in the 132- and 195-pound brackets, respectively.

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