TACOMA — Seven Centralia grapplers picked up bracket championship from the girls and boys sides of the Washington Invite wrestling tournament here on Saturday.
In boys competition, Mykka McAllister won the 106-pound weight class, while Javon Brager won the 285 bracket. Andrew Anderson (120) and Brayden Andrews (220) were both second, while Christian Smith (145) and Isidro Cruz (152) were both third. Kadin Orr (132) finished fourth.
In the girls tournament, Veronica Chigo (105), Maritza Bravo (120), Hailey Huerta (125), Charliann McCall (170) and Emily Huerta (190) all took first, while Kaitlyn Whalen finished second — to McCall — at 170.
“We really like what we are seeing out of our wrestlers,” Tiger coach Scott Phillips said. “They are competing all six minutes, and we are seeing what we are running in practice come out on the mat. They are starting to chain wrestle much better.”
Centralia will wrestle at the Evergreen 2A Conference sub-regionals on Saturday in Tumwater.
Adna’s Balzer Second at Beach Brawl
ILWACO — Adna’s Nolan Balzer finished second here Saturday at Ilwaco High School’s Beach Brawl wrestling tournament.
Balzer, in the 138-pound weight class, won his first match by pin and his second by 13-4 major decision, then won an 8-6 decision to reach the finals. He lost a tight 2-1 decision to Nestucca’s Ryan Leslie in the championship match.
Adna’s Aaron Slape finished co-fifth at 120. Toledo-Winlock’s Logan Holbrook was co-third at 152, and teammate Cain Rector was co-fifth at 145.
Adna and Toledo-Winlock will both wrestle in the District 4 sub-regional tournament on Saturday in Ocosta.