Oak Harbor’s Caleb Fitzgerald and Coupeville’s Alex Turner won individual championships at their respective subregional wrestling tournaments Saturday, Feb. 2.
The top four in each class at the subregionals move on to the regional tournaments Saturday, Feb. 9. The first four there qualify for Mat Classic XXXI, the state tournament, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at the Tacoma Dome.
Oak Harbor will participate in the 3A Region I tournament in Snohomish with the Wesco North, Northwest Conference and Pierce County League schools.
Fitzgerald (126 pounds) will be joined at the regional by four teammates. Blake McBride (145) placed second at the subregional, Shamus Warden (113) and Thibault Simorato (132) third and Jakob Dailey (126) fourth.
Fitzgerald won his division with a 13-6 decision over Austin Davis of Marysville-Pilchuck at Everett High School.
McBride lost his title match 2-1 in extra time to Marysville-Pilchuck’s Isaiah Galindo. The two split a pair of overtime matches earlier this season.
Five other Wildcats placed at the subregional; the fifth-place finishers are the first alternates to the regional. Cole Valdez (106) and Jamal Graham (120) took fifth, and Timothy Powers, Noah Hangan (160) and Ethan Pace (170) were sixth.
Coupeville does not have a wrestling team, so Turner practiced with Oak Harbor during the regular season before heading to the 1A subregional at Mount Baker High School in Deming. The senior won the 170-pound class by pinning Hunter Morgan of Nooksack Valley in 39 seconds in the title bout. Turner won by a fall (:55) and decision (16-8) to reach the finals. The 1A Region I meet is set for Meridian High School.
Oak Harbor results at the subregional
106, Cole Valdez (fifth place): bye; lost by pin, 1:31; won 7-0; won 4-0; lost 8-3; won by forfeit.
106, Timothy Powers (sixth): won by pin, 5:23; lost 20-1; won by pin, :20; lost by forfeit.
113, Shamus Warden (third): bye; won 9-6; lost by pin, 1:54; won by pin, 2:34; won by pin, 2:31.
120, Jamal Graham (fifth): won 6-1; won 9-6; lost 8-1; lost 7-5; won 6-1.
126, Caleb Fitzgerald (first): won 16-0; won 22-7; won 8-5; won 13-6.
126, Jakob Dailey (fourth): won by pin, 1:05; won by pin, 3:31; lost 11-2; won by pin, 2:22; lost by pin, 4:37.
132, Thibault Simorato (third): won 16-0; lost 15-6; won 7-6; won by pin, 2:14; won by pin, 4:25; won 9-5.
132, Chris Brooks: lost by pin, :12; lost by pin, 2:12.
138, Vernados Barber: lost 12-2; bye; lost 8-5.
145, Blake McBride (second): bye; won by pin, 1:52; won 19-4; lost 2-1 (TB).
145, Shingo Johnston: won by pin, 1:20; lost by pin, 2:34; won 18-5; lost by pin, 2:04.
152, Jeremiah Dailey: won by pin, 4:13; lost by pin, 1:22; won 8-7; lost by pin,, 2:26.
152, Zachary Badaouie: lost by pin, 1:42; lost 8-7.
160, Noah Hangan (sixth): won 12-1; lost by pin, 3:27; won 9-4; won 8-6; lost 12-1; lost 16-4.
160, Jaden Scott: lost by pin, 3:15; won 16-12; lost 10-5.
170, Ethan Price (sixth): bye; won 17-4; lost 9-5; lost by pin, 4:04; lost by pin, 3:30.
170, Brandon Liberty: lost 10-3; bye; lost 7-3.
182, Alexander Tirado: lost by pin, 1:00; lost by pin, :29.
285, De’Andre Bennett: won 5-4; lost by pin, 3:31; won by pin, 1:57; lost by pin, 2:34.
285, Matthew Kolden: won by pin, 1:16; lost by pin, :46; lost by pin, :28.