Mat Classic XII Preview
Seniors Mike Magnusson and Brad Zabreznik are the top condidates to make the finals at 103. Magnusson might have the edge because he is still hungry for his first title while Zabreznik might have let up after winning last year. Don't count on it. Sergio Avila and Jon Limbeck might each get a shot at Magnusson first.
|Brad Zabreznik, Tonasket - 1st|
|Mike Magnusson, Blaine - 3rd|
|Jon Limbeck, Cashmere - 3rd|
|Sergio Avila, Ki-Be - 7th|
Their are a number of good candidates for the finals here including: Jordan Bradbury, Matt Anderson, Mark Schutte, Ramon Ortiz, Kris Mathews. Bradbury and Ortiz could settle things in the finals. Anderson, Schutte and Mathews will battle in the bottom part of the bracket.
|Kris Mathews, Lakeside - 1st|
|Jordan Bradbury, Montesano - 2nd|
|Ramon Ortiz, Connnell - 3rd|
|Mark Schutte, Othello - 5th|
|Matt Anderson, Eatonville - 6th|
|Jason Giles, Othello - 8th|
Who is going to step up and give Martin Mitchell a good challenge? Could it be Chris Branch of Omak in the first round. Possibly Nathan Skuza of Elma in the second round. Keith Graham of Ridgefield could give him a good challenge in the final if Graham makes it that far. Don't forget Raul Zambrano of Wapato. He has wrestled well in big situations this year.
|Martin Mitchell, Tonasket - 1st|
|Nathan Skuza, Elma - 2nd|
|Keith Graham, Ridgefield - 3rd|
|Aaron Rozeboom, Mt.Baker - 4th|
|Bill Payne, Castle Rock - 6th|
|Justin Belyea, Lakeside - 7th|
Two time state champs could meet in the finals. Kenny Marsh of Steilacoom won at 108 and 115 the last two years while Ale DeLaPena was winning at 115 and 122. DeLaPena's biggest obstacle could be Aaron Gomez of Medical Lake. Marsh will probably have to get by Troy Stephens in the semi's and could get an early challenge from Seth Weatherman.
|Ale DeLaPena, Ki-Be - 1st|
|Kenny Marsh, Steilacoom - 1st|
|Seth Weatherman, Chewelah - 4th|
|Troy Stephens, Quincy - 5th|
Brian Smith of Mt.Baker placed 4th in 1999 and will be a strong candidate for the finals this year. Antonio Avalos continues to surprise and could do very well, Finals??? Bobby Weaver and Ben Hargrove will be standing in his way. Smith's strongest competition will probably come from Camilo Mendez.
|Ben Hargrove, Cashmere - 3rd|
|Brian Smith, Mt.Baker - 4th|
|Camilo Mendez, Connell - 4th|
|Bobby Weaver, Eatonville - 6th|
|Jeremai Hafer, Othello - 7th|
|Juan Rodriguez, Quincy - 8th|
135 is wide open as Wade Brzozowski is the only returning placer from last year. Danny Villarreal, Josh Thompson and Jared Redinger along with Brzozowski, will battle for a spot in the finals. Time for a newcomer to step up and be noticed!
|Wade Brzozowski, Nooksack - 6th|
Scott Penney of Orting and Eli Super of Tonasket are the most likely to make the finals. Gilbert Escobedo will have a chance at Penney first. You can't overlook a Lakeside wrestler, Austin Laughery could upset Super. Luke Larson of Forks could give Super a good match. Kyle Hutchinson may get a chance to wrestle Penney in the second round.
|Eli Super, Tonasket - 3rd|
|Scott Penney, Orting - 5th|
|Luke Larson, Forks - 8th|
Andy Logozzo pinned 1A/B state champ Andy Newton at regionals and will now take his chances with the best in the state. His first real challenge could come in the semi's against John Dudley of Stevenson, unless Jesse DeLaPena knocks him off in the first round. Newton and Andrew Rozeboom could decide who will be the other finalist if they meet in the second round.
|Andy Newton, Chelan - 1st|
|John Dudley, Stevenson - 3rd|
|Andrew Rozeboom, Mt.Baker - 5th|
|David Barber, Orting - 6th|
Tony Call and Claudio Garza may get have some company at state. Steve Burden of Blaine is undefeated this year after placing 7th last year. Garza may get first shot at him in the semi's.
|Tony Call, Tonasket - 3rd|
|Claudio Garza, East Valley - 4th|
|Steve Burden, Blaine - 7th|
|Justin Larsson, Hoquiam - 8th|
|Josh Cruger, Medical Lake - 8th|
Adam Bacon and Mike Edmonds are the only returning placers at 160. Mike Yedinak and Chad Tuck could make their presence felt as they along with Justin Compton of Mt.Baker the only other state veterans among the 16 wrestlers. Edmonds and Bacon meet in the first round, meaning Tuck and Yedinak would not meet state veterans until the semis, as long as they don't lose.
|Adam Bacon, Chelan - 3rd|
|Mke Edmonds, Lakewood - 6th|
Stuart Fox finished 2nd last year and will be looking to better that position by one this year. Lance Reichert will have some good wrestlers to deal with before the finals. Guys like Tristan Manning and Andrew Hansen and Fox's teamate Mikhail Abdul-Latif. Bates and Meixner will make some noise as well.
|Stuart Fox, Vashon Island - 2nd|
|John Meixner, Nooksack - 5th|
|Josh Bates, Ephrata - 6th|
|Andrew Hansen, Ridgefield - 8th|
Look for Ryan Mattingly, Nathan Price and Joey Isley to make the semis.Johnny Martinez, James Cain and Spencer Murphy are the only other state veterans in the weightclass. Cain and Murphy meet in the first round as do Isley and Martinez. Andy Denson, Mattingly and Price will battle in the lower bracket.
|Spencer Murphy, Riverside - 5th|
|Ryan Mattingly, Vashon Island - 8th|
Nathan Zuniga placed 6th in 1998 and could surprise a few wrestlers. Isaac Parham of Mt.Baker will probably meet Zuniga in the semis. Alex Rudisky and Jonny Varona will be the guys to beat in the lower part of the bracket.
|Jonny Varona, Medical Lake - 1st|
|Isaac Parham, Mt.Baker - 3rd|
|Alex Rudisky, Vashon Island - 4th|
Chad Charbonneau cut his placing in half last year, going from 4th to 2nd. He would like to do the same thing this year. In his way will be Wilde Owens of Toppenish, Russ Teeter of Quincy and Shaun Straka of Montesano. Mt.Baker has two in the weightclass who could do damage, Klinton Moa and Bryce Hamilton.
|Chad Charboneau, Lakeside - 2nd|
|Shaun Straka, Montesano - 4th|
|Russ Teeter, Quincy - 5th|