Young Valley wrestlers continue to excel
June 12, 2013
The Freestyle and Greco-Roman season ended well for the Snoqualmie Valley Wrestling Club wrestlers participating in the Washington State Championships April 27 and 28 at the Tacoma Dome, according to Leilani McClure, of the coaching staff.
Coaches Smokey McClure and Thomas Marum took a record number of 16 wrestlers, with 13 bringing medals home.
In Freestyle, Westin Triplett, Tryon Kaess and Yusief Lillie all took first in their age/weight bracket, while Isaiah McClure and Noah Cortez each placed second.
Wrestlers Christopher Neal and Jacob Inton placed third; Ian Chavez, Mark Marum and Carlos Toledano placed fourth; Nathaniel Cortez placed fifth; Jason (JJ) Good placed seventh; and Gunnar Harrison place eighth. SVWC as a team, with ages ranging from 7-18, tied for eighth place out of 104 teams, Leilani McClure said.
In Greco-Roman, Kaess placed first in his age/weight bracket, while Chavez, Marum and Lillie placed second.
Placing in third was Inton and Toledano, followed by a fourth-place finish by Noah Cortez, fifth place by Nathaniel Cortez and sixth place by Christopher Neal. SVWC tied for 10th place overall out of 76 teams wrestling Greco-Roman.
In regional and national competitions, Kaess traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete in the USAW Cliff Keen Kids Nationals, where he placed seventh April 4-7. Marum placed second and Toledano placed sixth at the Reno Worlds, April 11-13.
“I’m very proud of these boys. The mental toughness and discipline they’ve developed over the past year has them on the right track to accomplish whatever they set their mind to,” coach Smokey McClure said in a press release.
Departing the club this next season will be high school senior Toledano. He received a scholarship to Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he will wrestle for their inaugural wrestling team in the fall. Toledano was also selected as a member of the High School All-American Wrestling Team, Leilani McClure said.
A handful of wrestlers are continuing to train in preparation for the upcoming West Kids Regionals in Pocatello, Idaho, June 17-22 and the Asics/USAW Kids Nationals in Orem, Utah, June 24-26. Those wrestlers include Triplett, Isaiah McClure, Good, Kaess, Chavez, Inton and Marum. This is the largest group of wrestlers that the Snoqualmie Valley will have ever had represented it at these big tournaments, Leilani McClure said.