Team’s top two wrestlers look back at tough ending to season

February 27, 2013

By Staff

The season looked like a continued climb, with veteran experience paving the way for young upstarts and the rest of the KingCo Conference serving as fodder for a seemingly unstoppable run.

Then why does the season feel like it could have gone even better? Only two wrestlers made it to state, and only two years removed from an individual state champion, the team returned home with good memories, but also wondering what might have been.

“I did pretty good. It just didn’t go my way in the end,” said Mitch Rorem, who arrived in Tacoma as regional runner-up at 195 pounds. He was eliminated in the second round of the consolation bracket by Kelso’s Keoni Garcia, who had barely beaten him in overtime at the regional finals in Kelso a week earlier.

“When I got to that match, I knew it was going to come down to the very end like it did at regionals,” Rorem said. “He ended up getting the points and I didn’t.”

He later added, “It’s disappointing, but there’s nothing I can do about it now.”

At 182 pounds, Tim Corrie arrived at state in third place at regionals. He was eliminated at state in the second round of the consolation bracket.

“I did decent at state, even with the intense competition,” he wrote in an email. “I did some damage to my knee during my second match, which carried over into the next match.”

In the last match, Hanford’s Will Bishop defeated Corrie, 9-7, punching the Wildcat’s ticket home.

Corrie said the change in regions from Region 1 to Region 3 this year put some tougher schools like Kelso and Prairie on the Wildcats’ path to Tacoma.

“They really made us prove ourselves,” Corrie wrote in an email.

Still, Corrie added, it was great just being there. It was his first time wrestling at state.

“Wrestling in one of the biggest arenas in Washington state,” he said of the Tacoma Dome, “increased my self-worth.”

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