Grapplers earn fourth place in regionals

Published on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Blaine wrestler Michael Antczak, r., earned third place in the 285-pound weight class as last weekend’s wrestling tournament. He and five other Blaine wrestlers will move on to the state championship in Tacoma this weekend. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz

While the Burlington-Edison wrestling team took first and seldom-defeated Mount Baker took second, Blaine was hardly lazy by earning a fourth place team finish in last week’s regional tournament and sending six wrestlers to the state championship in Tacoma.

Wrestlers from both the Northwest and Cascade conferences descended upon Lynden high school on Saturday, February 12, for the regional tournament. The top four wrestlers in each weight class earned medals and a trip to the XXIII Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome this weekend.

One Borderite, sophomore Caleb Johnson wrestling at 189 pounds, earned top honors in his weight class, beating Arch Bishop Murphy’s Conner Kruse to come in first. The matched started off in Kruse’s favor as he held Johnson to just one point after the first round. However, Johnson found renewed strength in the last two rounds, eventually besting Kruse with an 8-5 decision.

Blaine’s Kelton Nix and Shaypher Hendricks, wrestling at 125 and 135 pounds, respectively, each secured second place finishes in their weigh classes. Nix fell to Burlington-Edison’s Robert Campos after a 10-2 major decision in the final round while Hendricks lost a close 8-4 match to Bellingham’s Andrew Peterson.

Blaine’s remaining wrestlers headed to state are Christian Sharp, placing fourth at 112 pounds, Tony Jordan, who secured third at 130 pounds, and Michael Antczak, who took home third.

The XXIII Mat Classic takes place at the Tacoma Dome this Friday and Saturday. The action starts at 10 a.m.