Juanita, LW wrestlers advance to state

Four Kirkland-area wrestlers advanced to the Mat Classic XXXII state tournament this weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

They are: Lake Washington’s Faris Khilfeh (220), first at regionals; LW’s Ryan Watson (145), third; Juanita’s Khai Truong (120), third; and Juanita’s Elias Stipe (285), fifth. Juanita’s Leon Kawahara (138), Noah Adam (195) and Collin Vanwyk (220) are alternates. Regionals were on Saturday at Kelso High.

Thirteen local wrestlers delivered strong showings at the 3A KingCo-Wesco sub-regional at Juanita High and advanced to the regional tournament.

For Juanita, there’s Truong (120, third), Braden McNeff (132, fifth), Kawahara (138, third), Andrew Doughty (152, fifth), Adam (195, third), Vanwyk (220, fourth) and Stipe (285, fourth).

From Lake Washington, there’s Deron House (106, fifth), Chase Martin (120, fifth), Kai Furutani (126, fifth), Kyle Earl (138, fifth), Watson (145, second) and Khilfeh (220, second).

Edmonds-Woodway won the sub-regional and the Wesco title. Juanita had an undefeated 3A KingCo dual meet season, and as the highest placing KingCo team at the sub-regional took the KingCo title.

Juanita’s Kevin Corbett was named KingCo Head Coach of the Year and Juanita’s Jordan Krich was named KingCo Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.