Edmonds-Woodway High School will send two wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament in the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Nathan Vulliet finished second for the Warriors at 145, and Sidat Kanyi finish third at 106.
At 145, Vulliet faced Narrows League District Champion Adam Lutovsky of South Kitsap High School. Vulliet earned his way into the title match without being scored on by an opponent. The championship match was physical and hard fought from start to finish. The grapplers went scoreless in the first period before each earned an escape and takedown to end regulation with the score knotted at three, sending the match into overtime. The one-minute sudden victory period ended with out a score, forcing the bout into two 30-second periods.
In those overtime periods, each wrestler scored an escape, ending with the score still tied at four. The final overtime is 30 seconds with one wrestler down and his opponent on top. The bottom wrestler must escape or reverse to win. If the grappler on top rides out the 30 seconds, he wins. Vulliet started down and repeatedly stood up and worked for the score, but Lutovsky was successful keeping the action close to the edge of the mat, stopping Vulliet from scoring inbounds, thus winning the match on criteria.
At 106, Kanyi lost his first match of the day 10-5 to Jed Klein from Bellarmine Prep. Kanyi, a sophomore, came back through the consolation bracket, winning three straight matches and defeating Klein 6-3 in a rematch to take third place.
The wrestlers will compete in Mat Classic XXVI in the Tacoma Dome Feb 21-22.
— By Mike Cooper