VHS wrestlers place second overall at sub-regionals

WIAA Athlete of the Week Luke Larson (Courtesy Photo)

WIAA Athlete of the Week Luke Larson (Courtesy Photo)

Last weekend’s sub-regional wrestling meet saw six teams battle it out on the Pirates’ home turf for the chance to move on to Regionals.

Klahowya, Vashon, Port Townsend, Cascade Christian, Bellevue Christian and Chimacum high school grapplers took to the mat, with the VHS team taking second place overall behind Klahowya, well ahead of third-place Port Townsend.

The young but determined team qualified 16 athletes, plus five alternates, for this coming weekend’s regional competition at Klahowya in what coach Anders Blomgren described as “a true team effort — we got a large number of bonus points (through pins and major decisions) to boost our overall point total.” Blomgren also noted that he believes that this is the most athletes the Vashon team has ever sent to Regionals.

First through fourth places made it through to Regionals, fifth are alternates: The Pirates’ first places at sub-regionals came from Moses Kilpatrick, Nico Nuxoll and Luke Larson. Seconds from Jake Carman, Lewis Kanagy, Jordon Rutschow, Isaac Escovedo, Richard Rivas and Dakota Crandall. Third place finishers included Ethan McIntyre, Payton Bonaventura and Bladdie Arteaga. Final qualifiers for Regionals, in fourth place were Alyx Arteaga, Jake Bowden, Ray Rivas and Donavan Steffensen. Alternate spots went to Jake Larson, Ryan Nelson, Yury Coucoules, Finn McClure and Amadeo Gallina for their fifth place finishes.

A final high point for the Pirates in wrestling was the naming of Luke Larson as the Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week.

Up next: Regionals meet and the last chance to qualify for State.

— This story was written with information provided by VHS wrestling coach Anders Blomgren

More in Sports

Rowing with juniors helps me stay young at heart

In what other sport will you find both 9th graders and retirees competing together?

Burton Beach Rowing Club crews finish 11th and 17th at Youth Nationals

This past weekend, three junior athletes from the Burton Beach Rowing Club… Continue reading

Vashon Island Rowing Club juniors earn spot in top 18 at Nationals

In past years, it’s been a bittersweet badge of honor. Most of… Continue reading

Experiencing the Vashon Ultra for the first time

“My body wasn’t conditioned enough for this race. But I’ll be ready next year for the 10.75-mile run.”

3 from Track & Field compete at State

The trio came home with top-15 finishes

Vashon Vultures win State championship

Island lacrosse team claims 1A/2A title.

Golf coach bestows end-of-season awards

Awards included academic, tournament and player’s choice.

Track sends three girls to State competition

Will compete in respective events on Friday and Saturday.

Soccer team heads to State semi-finals

A win will put the Pirates into the finals at Sumner’s Sunset-Chevrolet stadium Saturday.

Burton Beach Rowing Club qualifies two boats for Nationals

Fifteen of young club’s athletes came home with medals from NW Regional championships

Vashon Island Rowing Club juniors compete at Regionals

Several VIRC boats finished well enough in their heats to qualify for the finals.

Baseball finishes season strong

An exciting season was played with heart, said coach Marc McCann.