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Vashon wrestlers take top spots at tournaments

Vashon senior Kevin Thomas, left, and Cascade Christian senior Brandon Griffiths grapple for control early in their 152-pound match on the Pirates senior night. Thomas got a pin in the last home match of his high school wrestling career. - Rik Forschmiedt Photo/Riksimages.com
Vashon senior Kevin Thomas, left, and Cascade Christian senior Brandon Griffiths grapple for control early in their 152-pound match on the Pirates senior night. Thomas got a pin in the last home match of his high school wrestling career.
— image credit: Rik Forschmiedt Photo/Riksimages.com

The Pirate grapplers rolled through another week of aggressive competition and fared well from top to bottom of the lineup.

On Thursday the team celebrated senior night and managed a dual-meet win against scrappy league nemesis Cascade Christian.

Elan Peterson was a bright spot for the JV wrestling squad, winning by pin in the third round.

Varsity action went back and forth, with the heavyweights carrying the day for the Pirates. Seniors Kevin Thomas and Elliot Ellingsen both decisively won their last home matches as Pirate wrestlers.

The Vashon Grappler Society also recognized senior girl wrestlers Julie Wilson and Emily Ellsworth, team manager Courtney Gateman and senior cheerleader and past manager Corrine Pruett.

On Saturday the team headed north to compete in the Everett Classic Tournament. Coaches Anders and Per-Lars  Blomgren were ecstatic with the JV squad — which secured eight individual titles.

Eugene Bergman, Joe Coller, Cole Devereau, Joey DiFabio, Trevor Figgins, Max Frederickson, Peterson and Codi Williams all finished in first place. Jason Kruly and Zach Young both took second place on the JV side of the tournament as well. Christian Seymour had the day’s fastest pin at nine seconds.

The Pirate varsity squad made another strong showing. Ellingsen, Shane Armstrong and Preston Morris all took third, and Robert Easton pounded his way up the bracket to second.

As the season hits high gear and the long uphill climb to the state competition, the Pirates face their most grueling week yet.

Today they are scheduled to travel to a double dual at Orting against Centralia and Eatonville, followed by a trip to Bellevue Christian tomorrow and the huge Emerald Ridge tournament on Saturday.

 

— Cheryl Pruett is the mother of a wrestler.

 

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