Wrestlers show skill in early season meets

Published on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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Blaine’s wrestlers launched their season in good position after a decisive win at a dual meet in Meridian December 5 and a tough battle against state hopeful athletes in the Spud Walley invite December 7.

Blaine defeated Meridian 66–9 and beat Lynden 62–12. Some of Lynden’s wrestlers were missing due to Lynden’s participation in the 2A state football championship game, which they won for the third year in a row.

“It was good to get on the mats and get our feet wet for the first time this season,” said Blaine head coach Craig Foster.

In the dual meet, 12 Blaine wrestlers recorded pins. Foster said freshman Colton Economy, who wrestles at 113 pounds, was one of the standouts of the meet.

“He was one of the few who had two matches, and he wrestled well in both of them,” Foster said. Economy pinned his first opponent from Meridian and won his second match against a Lynden opponent 15–1.

Olivia Adams won a girls wrestling tournament at Nooksack Valley December 7.

“She did some nice wrestling and won both her matches by pin in under a minute,” Foster said.

At the Spud Walley invite at Sedro-Woolley, Blaine finished fourth out of 10 schools.

“I was excited about Anthony Frey’s performance,” Foster said. “His class was really competitive and he came out on top. Jon Stewart and Caleb Frey both got to the championship round against the number-one ranked 2A wrestlers in their class, and both gave a good hard match so I was pleased about that.”

Christian Sharp and Mike Antczak placed third in the 152-pound and 285-pound divisions respectively.

“It was a really tough tournament, and we’ve scheduled some other tough tournaments throughout the season to prepare ourselves for state,” Foster said.

Blaine will play host to 21 teams – more than 300 wrestlers and around 500 total visitors when coaches, managers, parents and fans are factored in – during the two-day Battle at the Border wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14.

“It’s a great tournament with a lot of good competition,” Foster said. “We get a lot of support from the tournament and as the team’s only fundraiser, it kind of floats us for the rest of the season. You also get a lot of visitors spending money out in the community, so that aspect is kind of cool.”

The Battle at the Border starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 13.