The Vikings 17-year at home winning streak remains intact as the Lake Stevens wrestlers defeat this year’s top rated and defending Oregon 6A State Champion, Roseburg Indians 33-33, winning on tiebreaker criteria by having the most six-point decisions.
The Vikings fell behind early as Roseburg won the first two bouts of the evening to take a 10-0 lead. In the third bout, senior Ryan Olliges at 182 lbs. won a close 9-8 decision to put the Vikings first points on the board.
The Vikings added to their score at 220 lbs. as junior Shaquille Reed recorded a come from behind, very improvable defensive pin that had the crowd on their feet.
Roseburg won the next two bouts to take a 25-9 lead half way through the duel. The Vikings needed to turn things around after losing five of the first seven matches, which is exactly what they did rolling off five straight victories and turning a 16-point deficit into a 33-25 lead going into the final two bouts of the evening.
Junior Jesse Peterson recorded a fall at 126 lbs. to pull the Vikings within one and junior Eric Soler followed with a fall at 126 lbs. to give the Vikings their first lead of the night at 30-25.
In the next bout at 132 lbs., senior Mick Majors trailed 3-0 late into the third period before recording two near falls earning four points to pull out a 4-3 victory at the buzzer and adding to the Vikings lead 33-25.
Roseburg won the final two bouts of the evening to tie the score 33-33. With both teams winning seven bouts, the dual went to the second tie breaking criteria; most 6-point decisions. Lake Stevens had four, Roseburg three giving the Viking a hard fought victory.
The Vikings next home duel is Wed. Jan 4 vs. Stanwood: JV begins at 5:45 p.m. and varsity is at 7 p.m. at LSHS.
Prior to the Lake Stevens Roseburg duel, former Viking Wrestler Burke Barnes, the son of Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes, was inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame. Burke won State-wrestling titles in each of his four seasons with the Vikings from 1999 to 2002 and is the only Viking to have won four high school state wrestling championships.