Forks first at Wrestling Regionals

By Pierre LaBossiere

Olympic Peninsula

News Group

ADNA — The Forks boys wrestling team racked up yet another regional championship, with three Spartans winning their weight classes and 10 members of the team qualifying for the state championship Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Forks girls also earned a regional champion in Miley Blanton and will send four members to the girl’s Mat Classic.

Forks boys

The Spartans took home the Regional 1 1B/2B title with 186.5 points, easily beating second-place Rainier with 121 points.

Winning their weight classes were the Spartans’ two Walkers — Walker Wheeler and Walker Rondeau. Rondeau took first at 132 pounds, winning his championship match with a 16-0 technical fall and Wheeler took first at 144 pounds with a first-round pin in the title match.

Also winning his weight class was Nate Dahlgren at 190 pounds, and he had to fight for it, winning the title match of Zach Foreman of Kalama with a 9-8 decision.

Making it to the championship match and finishing second in their weight classes were Jesus Garcia-Dominguez at 113 pounds and Sloan Tumaua at 285 pounds.

Finishing third and qualifying for the Mat Classic were Abraham Montealegre at 113 pounds, Brian Lucas at 120 pounds and Landon Thomas at 138 pounds. Coming in fourth and also going to state was Jon Parker Jr. at 175, and coming in fifth and also going to the Tacoma Dome is Aiden Ivey at 150 pounds.

Last year, with a larger contingent of 16 wrestlers, the Forks boys finished second in the state. Tumaua is also a defending state champion, though last year, he won at 220 pounds. The Spartans usually finish in the top 10 every year at state.

Forks girls

The Forks girls finished seventh at the Region 2 1B/2B/1A/2A regionals. Blanton won a regional championship at 120 pounds with three straight pins.

She will be joined at the Tacoma Dome by Flora Horejsi, who finished third at 105 pounds, and Natalie Horejsi, who came in third at 110 pounds. Peyton Johnson also finished third at 115 pounds and will travel to Tacoma.

Forks finished with 72 team points. Winning the regional championship was 2A W.F. West with 167 points.

Dahlgren, Wheeler and Rondeau each won their weight class.

Dahlgren, Wheeler and Rondeau each won their weight class.