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Islanders win big at wrestling state championships
The Vashon Pin City Wrestling Club took the Tacoma Dome by storm this weekend at the Freestyle and Greco Roman State Championships. Twelve Vashon wrestlers competed, and when both the Freestyle and Greco Roman tournaments concluded, 13 wrestlers had finished in the top eight, three were crowned champions, and one wrestler was runner up in both styles. Many of the wrestlers, in turn, qualified for national and regional competitions this summer.
Adrian St. Germain (middle school age group) won both styles, pinning or tech falling all his opponents to win the Triple Crown for the second year in a row. He qualified for the national duals in Indiana.
In the 15-16 year age group, Chase Wickman won the Freestyle State title, tech falling all his opponents, and Logan Nelson placed second in both Freestyle and Greco. Both wrestlers qualified for the national tournament this summer in Fargo, North Dakota. Bryce Hoisington placed fourth and fifth, and is an alternate for our state team.
Connor Hoisington placed fourth and Hunter Burger placed eighth in the middle school division. Ryan Nelson and Chase Bradrick also placed in the kids’ division. They all qualified for Western regionals in Idaho.
Also participating and gaining valuable experience were Ethan and Colin McIntyre, Moses Kilpatrick and Josh Parrish.
It was the best Freestyle and Greco state tournament for Vashon wrestling in its history, according to coach Anders Blomgren.