Meadowdale’s Ciaran Ball and Tim Smith both packed a powerful punch at the Wesco 3A South Sub-Regional wrestling tournament.
Ball and Smith won individual titles Saturday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and the two advanced to next week’s regional tournament at Glacier Peak High School.
Ball, who finished fourth at state last year, won a 10-2 decision over Mountlake Terrace’s Brett Potter in the 195-pound finals. Smith prevailed 3-0 over Glacier Peak’s Noah Palmaffy in the 220-pound finals. Smith and Palmaffy were the only two entrants in the weight class.
The 195-pound bracket only had four wrestlers, so Ball wrestled a total of two matches, including the finals, in the tournament.
Ball was disappointed there weren’t more matches.
“The more wrestling the better for me,” he said. “I like getting those matches in. I’m looking forward to regionals a lot.”
The finals match went pretty much as expected for Ball.
“It was good. I wrestled solidly,” Ball said. “He was solid, but I did all my moves and everything turned out good.”
Ball credits Smith, his training partner, for his success this season.
“Tim Smith has helped me a whole bunch this season,” Ball said. “I have a partner that really pushes me.”
The key to Ball’s success is staying active.
“It’s always being the aggressor and doing all my moves, my shots,” Ball said. “I need to be constantly doing something, constantly in motion.”
In the 160 finals, Glacier Peak’s Logan Coleman won by injury default over Meadowdale’s Colton Davis.
Glacier Peak ran away with the team title scoring 342 points, well ahead of second-place Mountlake Terrace (217.5).
Mountlake Terrace’s Taylor Hetherington (120), Daniil Oliferovskiiy (152) and Syd Springberg (182) won titles.
— By David Pan