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Nine grapplers medal at state

Ten members of the Whidbey Island Wrestling Club spent two days, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in Chehalis at the Washington Folkstyle Championships, and nine competitors brought home medals.

“After two long days in Chehalis, all the coaches agree, ‘awesome job,’” club president Rick Fakkema said. “We saw some great wrestling, and also brought home some hardware to boot.”

Battling an ear infection and a fever, 119-pound Cody Fakkema had a tough start at the tournament, but ended up with a third-place finish in the cadet division. He was pinned in his first bout, but came right back with five pinfall wins in the loser’s bracket. Fakkema then wrestled for the second-place medal, but just ran out of steam.

Practice for the upcoming freestyle season practice begins the week of Feb. 16 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School mat room.

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The Whidbey Wildcat Wrestling Club is hosting the Washington State Freestyle Tournament this year at Oak Harbor High School in early May.

The club is having its wrestling banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church, 1411 Wieldraayer Rd.

Washington Folkstyle Championships results

at W.F. West High School

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1


40 pounds — William Ray, sixth.

65 pounds — Kaleb Williams, seventh.


103 pounds — Kyler Lamb, fifth.


75 pounds — Trevor Watkins, seventh.


160 pounds — Jeremy Alonzo, eighth.


119 pounds — Cody Fakkema, third.

130 pounds — Joshua Crebbin, eighth.

160 pounds — Collin Higingbotham, fourth.

Open (Senior)

211.5 pounds — Matt Radach, second.

Champions at Frosty Frolic

Moving and Grooving’s Island Flyers Tumbling and Trampoline team started the competitive season Saturday, Jan. 31, with a great showing at the Frosty Frolic meet in Maple Valley.

The meet featured age-group as well as overall awards, combining all age groups and genders in each event at each level.

Competition was held in trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling.

Competing in her first-ever meet, eight-year-old Kelly Gruenwald was the Level 3 tumbling champion and placed second in both the Level 3 trampoline and double mini trampoline events. Also competing in her first meet, eight-year-old Amaya Rittierodt won the Level 4 double mini, placed second in Level 3 trampoline and fifth in Level 5 tumbling.

Eight-year-old Hannah Barnes was crowned champion twice, winning the Level 4 trampoline and Level 5 double mini. She also placed fourth in Level 4 tumbling.

Veteran competitor Lauren Aspery, age 10, finished second in Level 4 tumbling, fourth in Level 5 trampoline and fifth in Level 5 double mini.

Twelve-year-old Juliet Aspery, another experienced competitor, was the Level 5 double mini champion, placed second in Level 5 trampoline and fourth in Level 5 tumbling.

Amelia Berner, also age 12, placed second in Level 6 double mini, and third in both Level 5 trampoline and Level 6 tumbling.

The Island Flyers also had several members place in the top three in the overall competition.

Barnes was the Level 4 trampoline champion and came in second in the Level 5 double mini. Gruenwald was the Level 3 tumbling champion and finished second in Level 3 double mini. Lauren Aspery was second overall in Level 4 tumbling and Juliet Aspery was second in Level 5 double mini.

The team’s next competition is Saturday, Feb. 14, in Mount Vernon.

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