Prep wrestling: Three Warriors win titles at Edmonds Invitational tourney

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Warrior wrestlers with the third-place trophy. (Photos by Karl Swenson)
Warrior wrestlers with the third-place trophy. (Photos by Karl Swenson)

Edmonds-Woodway put four wrestlers in the finals and came away with three champions at the Edmonds Invitational Wrestling Tournament held Saturday at Edmonds Woodway High School. The Warriors place third with 170.5 points behind Decatur with 174.5 and champion Arlington with 203 in a tournament that featured 21 schools from around Western Washington. Sidat Kanyi – 126 lbs, Mason McDaniel – 170, and Spencer Schultz -195 all won titles for the Warriors. Mitchell Martinez took second at 106.

Sidat Kanyi went against Christian Evanger of Arlington in the finals.
Sidat Kanyi went against Christian Evanger of Arlington in the finals.

At 126 lbs, Kanyi earned his way into the finals with a fall and two decisions. In his final match Kanyi held a commanding lead over Christian Evanger from Arlington before Evanger injured his shoulder and could not continue.

Sidat Kanyi 1st place 126
Kanyi on the winner’s podium
Mason McDaniel vs. Arlington's Azariah Crew.
E-W’s Mason McDaniel won a 5-3 decision over Arlington’s Azariah Crew.

Mason McDaniel scored two falls and a technical fall to move into the 170 lb final where he would face Azariah Crew from Arlington. McDaniel led throughout a close hard fought match before winning the championship by a 5-3 decision. McDaniel was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Mason McDaniel, shown with EW wrestling coach Brian Alfi, was awarded the Bryce Cook Sportsmanship Award.
Mason McDaniel, shown with EW wrestling coach Brian Alfi, was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Spencer Schultz faced Sam Cleary of Ferndale in the final.
Spencer Schultz earned a 5-2 decision over Sam Cleary of Ferndale in the final.

At 195 lbs, Warrior Spencer Schultz scored two falls and a decision to qualify for the finals where he faced Ferndale’s Sam Cleary. The bout was a close, low-scoring affair until Schultz closed out with a 5-2 decision.

1st place Spence Schultz 195Martinez was defeated by a fall in the finals at the hands of Noah Talavera from Union.

Mitchell Martinez lost to Union's Noah Talavera in the final.
Mitchell Martinez lost to Union’s Noah Talavera in the final.

The tournament is the oldest continuously-operating high school tournament in the state, started in 1970 by Edmonds High School.

— By Mike Cooper

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