Strong California trip gives grapplers boost for rest of the season
January 9, 2013
By Sebastian Moraga
Sometimes the biggest victories don’t appear on the stat sheet.
Mount Si High School wrestlers traveled to San Diego, Calif., last month and placed eighth among more than 40 teams from Arizona and California.
“Being a team no one had heard of, it was still really fun to place high at such a big tournament,” wrestler Mitch Rorem wrote in an email.
Rorem finished seventh in his weight class, 195 pounds.
Nate Whited finished fifth at 220 pounds. Tim Corrie finished second at 182 pounds, losing the finals by one point.
“Our big guys came up big,” said head coach Tony Schlotfeldt.
The good showing gave the team a boost of confidence for the second half of the season Rorem wrote.
“In wrestling, confidence and experience are the two biggest factors, so this tournament was without a doubt a great way to start off the last half of the season,” he wrote.
Rorem wrote he wrestled really well against a tough draw. He lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament runner-up.
“The score was 1-1 with 30 seconds left, and I tried a throw which was not successful, and I ended up pinning myself,” he wrote. “That’s the way it goes sometimes, and I always like to be the one to take the last chance in a close match like that.”
Besides, he added, tough losses, like the one in San Diego turn into tough wins in the post season.
“Placing seventh in a large tournament like that was very cool, and it was even cooler to place alongside my teammates Nate Whited and Tim Corrie,” he wrote.
The second half continued with a fifth-place showing at the Everett Classic, with Eli Clure, Ryley Absher and Rorem finishing third and Whited and Cole Palmer finishing fifth. Justin Edens wrestled as a fill-in for the injured Bruce Stuart at 145 pounds, and he also finished fifth.
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to…nowhere. They get to stay home Jan. 10 to host the Bellevue Wolverines. It’s the ‘Cats’ first home league dual since November.
Varsity wrestling starts at 7:30 p.m.
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bellevue at Mount Si
- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10
- Mount Si High School