Borderites win NWC wrestling tournament second year in a row

By Ian Ferguson

With 10 wrestlers placing in the Northwest Conference Tournament, the Blaine wrestling team reclaimed the Northwest Conference Championship title for the third time in four years.

Six Borderites earned individual titles in the tournament at Meridian January 16: Derreck Camba (132 pounds), Preston Bellville (138), Anthony Frey (145), Caleb Frey (152), Riley Fritsch (160) and Saul Magallon (195). Colton Economy (126) wrestled to a second place finish.

Magallon continued his streak of big wins that began with his first tournament title at the Panther Classic January 9. His win in the dual meet against Ferndale January 13 put the Borderites on the path to a 42–29 victory against the local rivals.

Magallon was named WIAA Athlete of the Week last week, but perhaps his most important win of the season so far came during the finals of the Northwest Conference tournament.

Magallon defeated Burlington-Edison’s Michael Huscusson in a title match that went to four overtimes. During the final sudden-death round, Magallon earned the crucial point with an escape, bringing the Borderites to a team total of 220.5 points.

In addition to six champions, Blaine had seven wrestlers in the finals, 10 placers, 35 wins and nine losses in the tournament. The Borderites will next face Bellingham in a dual meet at Bellingham on Wednesday, January 27. The meet begins at 7 p.m.

A home meet against Sedro-Woolley scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 has been postponed, with the new date to be determined.

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