The Pirates Wrestling Team persevered through the pandemic and finished with Vashon style and flair, getting numerous pins and wins, and wowing the crowd with their focus and intensity (Zabette Macomber Photo).

The Pirates Wrestling Team persevered through the pandemic and finished with Vashon style and flair, getting numerous pins and wins, and wowing the crowd with their focus and intensity (Zabette Macomber Photo).

Vashon Pirates Win Wrestling League Championship

After a season upended by the pandemic, the Pirates finished with Vashon style and flair.

  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:11pm
  • Sports

By Anders Blomgren

For The Beachcomber

The Pirate wrestlers bedazzled the competition in the sun on Wednesday, June 16, winning the League title and crowning a number of champions, as well as some Super Champs.

The League Championship was hosted by Vashon on the Vashon Island High School football field, thanks to the efforts of the district administration, school trainer, coaches, and numerous volunteers. It was an exhilarating event, punctuated by many Pirate pins and wins overall.

League champs went to Jonah Hendon, Kaitlyn Bonaventura, George Murphy, Alec Macomber-Straight, Chase Bradrick, Ethan McIntyre, Jordon Rutschow, and James Ryland. Super Champs were also crowned — when two weight classes wrestled at the end to be deemed Super Champs. They were Kaitlyn Bonaventura, George Murphy, Ethan McIntyre, Jordon Rutschow, and James Ryland.

The League Championship was an exhilarating event, punctuated by many Pirate pins and wins overall (Dom Wolczko Photo).

The League Championship was an exhilarating event, punctuated by many Pirate pins and wins overall (Dom Wolczko Photo).

League Runners-Ups were Ivy Merkl, Ben Godwin, Colin McIntyre, Sean Ryland, Aidan Green, and Zander Rutschow. Also placing and gaining valuable team points were Michael Ryland, Taj Holloway, Oli Nielsen, Danny Baldinger, Ferdinand Escovedo, and Josiah Brenner.

The whole season was in question from day one due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Pirates persevered and finished with Vashon style and flair, getting numerous pins and wins, and wowing the crowd with their focus and intensity.

Anders Blomgren is a Vashon Island High School wrestling coach.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

mcm
Cross country teams race toward League championships

The Mustang & Pirates had successful races this past week as they head for their league championships.

xc
Mustangs and Harriers run like the wind, setting records

McMurray wins large invitational; Harriers set school record in Arlington.

tennis
Another busy week of Boys’ Tennis is in the books

Vashon’s boys’ tennis team faced three schools last week.

soccer
Two out of three isn’t bad for one week for Girls’ Soccer

Vashon girls’ soccer defeats Charles Wright and Life Christian Academy

hank
Vashon’s cross country teams look to finish strong this year

Mustang cross country team on top of the league; Pirate harriers look to send runners to State

soccertease
Girls’ soccer shows grit and grace in first loss of season

The team finally faced the only other undefeated team in the league Saturday afternoon.

tennis
Pirate Tennis volleys to four victories so far

The Vashon Pirates are off to a good start this season with four victories and one defeat.

soccer
Vashon Girls’ Soccer on a roll, now sitting atop league

Vashon is now at the top of the Nisqually League with a record of 4-0.

webteasesoccer
VHS girls varsity soccer chalks up another two wins

The VHS Girls’ Soccer team hosted Cascade Christian for their first home game on Monday, Sept. 13.

FB
Vashon Pirates win at home under Friday night lights

Pirates football season off to a 2-1 start.

XC
Fall Cross Country season is off and running

Vashon kicks off the cross country season with the Pacific Lutheran Invitational.

webteasesoccer
Two wins come back to back in season openers for girls’ soccer

Coming off of a second-place finish in the league, there is a lot of optimism about this season.