Juanita, LW wrestlers will hit the mat at state

Juanita and Lake Washington wrestlers traveled a grand total of 572 miles roundtrip for the Class 3A Region IV wrestling tournament in Spokane on Feb. 10. The Rebels finished in seventh place as a team out of the 13 teams in attendance, compiling a total of 73 team points.

Four Rebel grapplers punched their ticket to the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome on Feb 16-17.

Juanita’s John Nascimento earned first place at regionals, defeating Josh Guzik, 3-1, in the 285-pound championship match. Nascimento will face Bonney Lake’s Orrin Brateng in the first round of the state tournament on Feb. 16.

Isaiah Eubanks, who finished in fourth place in the 220-pound weight division at regionals, will face Bonney Lake grappler Sam Peterson in his opening match on Feb. 16. Matthew Moehrle finished in fourth place at regionals in the 170-pound weight class, earning a berth at the Mat Classic. Moehrle will battle Kamiakin’s Jacob Olson in his opening round match on Feb. 16. King Kotalas, who finished in fourth place at regionals in the 120-pound weight division, will face Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Howie Hare in his opening round match at the state tournament on Feb. 16.

Lake Washington’s 106-pound sophomore Max Reisman and 126-pound senior Logan Heenan clinched berths at state, earning fourth place in their respective weight divisions at regionals in Spokane.

Reisman will face Marysville-Pilchuck’s Cole Daurie in his opening round match on Feb. 16. Heenan will battle Nathan Hale’s Hugh Curtis in his first match on Feb. 16.

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