RAYMOND - Bobby Crislip at 275 lbs. and Geoff Hylton wrestling up at 215 lbs. were both champions at the Willapa Harbor Tournament Saturday. "We had a great day," Coach Mike Garcia said, summing up his team's relative success.
Crislip enjoyed a bye, pinned Matt Cohn of Montesano, then defeated Raymond's Jarod Little 6-3 in what Garcia termed "Bobby's smartest match of the season." Hylton was a tenth of a pound over-weight for the 189 lb. classification so roared through the next class up to be crowned champion as well. He pinned Onalaska's Whitsell in 1:19 to reach the finals then decisioned Toledo's Johnny Bourdon 6-2, also earning Garcia's praise. "Geoff didn't force things and made no mistakes."
Another standout was Brandon Tarabochia at 135 lbs. He wrestled "much more aggressively" according to the coach and split two of four matches to earn fourth place and he first medal of his career. His wins came by a decision and by his first pin of the season in 1:29 over Cody Williams of Willapa Harbor. Garcia said, "It was good to see Brandon smile. We're excited for him."
Stephen Berglund (112 lbs.), Casey Marsh (145 lbs.), and Kylie Lewis (135 lbs.) were all pinned in each of their two matches. Garcia said Lewis was trailing 6-4 when she was pinned at the 3:31 mark of the second round. "She's a tough individual." He also had praise for Berglund and Marsh saying, "Stephen is going to be a good one and Casey always starts his matches very strong."
Jon Biggs at 140 lbs. pinned Cody Adams of Raymond at 3:45, but was pinned in his first bout and dropped a major decision 14-1 to Tony Oyunbaatar of Ocosta to place just out of the medals. Brandon Vitkoczy lost to Little and Bourbon at 215 lbs., but pinned his opponent from Ocosta in Vitkoczy's first action in more than a month.
Ikaika Thomas had a bye at 275 lbs. and then lost two bouts to also miss placing. "We had some good things happen today," Garcia concluded. "It's looking like we are improving toward our goal of getting nine people to advance to Regionals." Sub-regionals are Feb. 4 with Regionals the next Friday and Mat Classic XVII to be held Feb. 16 to 18 in the Tacoma Dome.
Crislip sole survivor at White PassWHITE PASS - The Fishermen traveled to the Panther's lair to wrestle seven matches Wednesday and only Bobby Crislip (275 lbs.) came away with a victory. Coach Mike Garcia was pleased with his road warrior's performances, however, saying, "We're improving each week."
Crislip disposed of Chris Zacker in 2:21 by pin. Ikaika Thomas took on Zacker, but was pinned in 1:45. Theo Raaymakers also wrestled at 275 lbs. and was pinned by Cim Richardson.
At 140 lbs., Jon Biggs continues to impress as he lost a see-saw decision to Anthony Tran 17-15, or as Garcia said, "A back-to-back decision as both guys had the other on their backs." Dan Beierle was defeated by an aptly-named wrestler, Rowdy Paine, via a pin at 1:41.
R.J. Jamison (215 lbs.) lost to Richardson by injury default due to an ankle sprain. Jamison is expected to recover in time to compete Saturday in Ilwaco's home tourney. Raaymakers also was injured in practice Thursday, but is hopeful of being back from a dislocated patella (kneecap) in time for Sub-Regionals.