February 13, 2013
The Mount Si High School wrestling team will take two wrestlers to the 25th annual Mat Classic in Tacoma on Feb. 15.
In Kelso on Feb. 9, Mitch Rorem finished second in regionals at 195 pounds.
Rorem put on a gutsy performance, overcoming a bloody nose to take eventual champion and hometown favorite Keoni Garcia, of Kelso, to two overtimes before losing, 2-1.
January 16, 2013
The match had been declared a forfeit, with Mount Si High School wrestler Mitch Rorem walking to the center of the mat alone and having his arm raised without having to break a sweat.
Still, the song arose from the bleachers, five or six voices, insistent in their desire to have a little fun with their buddy, by chanting his name like he had just won state.
“I have weird friends,” Rorem said with a smile. “That’s the best way to explain it.”
January 9, 2013
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.
January 2, 2013
The wrestlers? Novices wanting to make a good first impression. The adults? More experienced, but with pretty much the same goal.
The Snoqualmie Valley Wrestling Club hosted the first youth wrestling tourney in its six-year existence and the first tourney of its kind in the Valley since 1980.
The tourney was a dream of many supporters of the sport for many years, club coach Thomas Marum said, many of whom have to travel long distances for matches.
December 12, 2012
Three days do not a winning season make, but the Mount Si High School varsity wrestlers still managed to make a statement the first weekend of December.
Facing Everett and Inglemoor on Dec. 4 and Interlake on Dec. 6, Mount Si defeated Everett, 45-28, and Interlake, 74-6, while losing to Inglemoor, 45-31.
“We are feeling good about our team start, but we want to improve,” head coach Tony Schlotfeldt wrote in an email. “Hanging tough with Inglemoor, another good program, was good for us.”
December 5, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
The Mount Si High School wrestling Wildcats are ready to do battle. And what a battle it will be.
Between now and Jan. 10, the team will face a string of tough dates, including Sedro-Woolley High School and Liberty High School, and wrestling schools in California.
Then, on Jan. 10, the team gets a home date against Bellevue, their second and last home match of the season.
March 7, 2012
From ages 5 to 14, from naps to zits, from toys to teendom, the Snoqualmie Valley Wrestling Club forges toughness into children of all ages and sizes.
The four-year-old club, co-founded by Nels Melgaard, Chris Garcia, and Misti and Joe Marenco, welcomes the challenge of enticing children to a sport that has nothing easy about it.
Among the younger ages, the main challenge for the club’s parents is not to go “aww” too loudly during a match.
“A lot of times, it’s just very cute to watch them,” said Misti Marenco, who added that if it gets too hard for a 5-year-old, coaches can always stop a match.
Youth aside, the tiny wrestlers learn plenty once they put on a singlet. Marenco said the club’s main goal is to expose children to wrestling, and teach them certain values.
“They learn respect, perseverance, sticking with something, doing something challenging,” Marenco said. “You try to help them along that process. There’s going to be stumbling blocks. It’s going to be hard.”
The teaching also extends to the parents, she said. All a parent should say is he or she loves the child and loves watching him or her practice a sport. Leave coaching to the coaches.
February 23, 2012
Tucked between AJ Brevick’s fingers on his left hand was a yellow-and-blue bar rarely seen on a wrestler after a match.
Then again, it was the last match of Brevick’s wrestling career, and he had just obliterated his rival Sam Romero, of Sunnyside, by tech fall, 15-0, to earn seventh place at state.
February 8, 2012
The Mount Si Wildcats wrestling team put on one of its finest performances of the season, winning the KingCo Conference championships Feb. 4. Ryley Absher, Mitch Rorem and Josh Mitchell won conference championships, with Rorem defeating teammate Tyler Hutchinson for the 195-pound crown.
February 1, 2012
Six points. Six little points.
The Mount Si High School Wildcats were one forfeit away from fulfilling Aaron Peterson’s challenge.
On Jan. 28, the 145-pounder challenged his teammates to shut out the Sammamish Totems.