Last week the Pirate wrestlers capped a successful season with two exciting dual meet wins on their home mats, securing overall first-place ranking in the Nisqually League.
On Thursday Vashon took on Bellevue Christian in its final league competition. Bellevue forfeited four of the 14 matches, and the Pirates absolutely dominated the rest of evening, winning eight of the 10 remaining bouts.
Winning for Vashon were Clyde Pruett, Sam Frederickson, Christian Seymour, Logan Nelson, Shane Armstrong, Preston Morris, A.J. Sawyer and Louie Jovanovich.
Match of the night went to Seymour in his first action after a two-week layoff. He had the fastest pin of the night, decisively downing his opponent early in the first round.
The final score for the match was 46-12, and Vashon clinched first place in the Nisqually League for the first time since 2007. The Pirates were undefeated in league action and ended the regular season with a dual meet record of 8-3.
On Friday the team took on 4A Emerald Ridge from Puyallup. It was a tight match from beginning to end. The Pirates were down by 19 points heading into the heavyweight section of the lineup. But under the lights in front of a great home crowd, the tide turned and Vashon ended up on top with a final score of 37-35.
Winning Pirates on Friday were Chase Wickman, Shane Williams, Clyde Pruett, Armstrong, Morris and Joe Coller. Match of the night went to Armstrong, whose contest was a thrash-and-bash nail-biter all the way with a final score of 13-11 in overtime.
Vashon will host the first round of post-season action Saturday at the VHS gym. Teams from Pt. Townsend, Bellevue Christian, Eatonville and Cascade Christian will compete in the sub-regional tournament. The top three wrestlers from each weight class will advance to the regional competition the following weekend. Wrestling will kick off at 10 a.m.
— Cheryl Pruett is the mother of two Pirate wrestlers.