Edmonds-Woodway and Lynnwood each had two wrestlers in the finals at the 4A District tournament held in Snohomish. At the end of the night, each had two champions and five wrestlers advancing to the regional tournament on Feb. 15. EW’s Nathan Vulliet (145) and Lynnwood’s Hunter Lord (160) came away with district titles. Also in the finals and finishing second were Matthew Calkins (138) from Lynnwood and Spencer Schultz (182) from Edmonds-Woodway.
At 145 lbs, Vulliet, 2013 district champion at 132, dominated every grappler he faced on the way to the finals. Vulliet defeated Kamiak’s Tyler Frisch 10-2 in the semi finals before facing Monroe’s McKinley Braa in the title bout. Vulliet jumped to an early lead and never let up, defeating Braa 14-3.
The 160 lb final would feature Lord and David Bikoev from Kamiak. Lord had pinned Jonah Perez from Edmonds-Woodway in the semi finals, to advance to the title bout. In the final, Lord jump out to an early lead, holding 6-1 advantage going into the final period. Bikoev came clawing back in the 3rd, but Lord came out on top 11-6.
Calkins lost his match in the finals at 138, 4-2 to Bryce Thomas from Arlington. At 182, Schultz was defeated by Garrett Stitch from Snohomish 14-2.
Also advancing to the Region 1 tournament at Central Kitsap are; Sidat Kanyi (EW), 3rd at 106; Hiram Martin (EW), 4th at 138; Jonah Perez (EW), 4th at 160; Mahdi Shahhasioni (L); 5th at 195; Manual Vasquez (L), 3rd and Melvin Zepeda (L), 5th at 220.
The Warriors finished fifth in the tournament with 163.5 points; the Royals were sixth with 149. Lake Stevens won the District title with 379.5 points.
An added honor went to the Edmonds-Woodway program when head Coach Brian Alfi was awarded Coach of the Year.
— By Mike Cooper