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By Alan Soler
Contributing Writer 

Viking wrestlers rank fourth in Tri-State Championship


December 20, 2011

Photo By Alan Soler

The Lake Stevens Wrestling team traveled to North Idaho College in Coeur D’Alene to compete in the Tri State Wrestling Championships held December 16 and 17.

The Tri-State Wrestling tournament is the longest continually running invitational tournament in the Northwest. Now in its 32nd season, Tri-State features the top varsity wrestlers from Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Sixty-one of the top teams in the Northwest competed this year. Lake Stevens placed fourth in the team championships with six wrestlers placing in the top six in their weight class.

Senior Ryan Olligas lead the way with a second place finish in the 182 lb. weight division followed by junior Eric Soler with a third place finish at 126 lbs. Olligas finished the tournament 4-1 and Soler finished 5-1 with both wrestlers recording two falls and a major decision.

Other placers for the Vikings were junior Brandon Johnson, fourth place at 285 lbs .; junior Shaquille Reed, fifth at 220 lbs .; senior Dakoda Reynolds sixth at 113 lbs .; and junior Jesse Peterson, sixth at 120 lbs.

Top 5 team standing: 1st Mead, 2nd Lewiston, 3rd Post Falls, 4th Lake Stevens, 5th Tahoma.

On Wednesday, December 21, Lake Stevens will be hosting Oregon defending state Team Champions 2A Culver and 6A Roseburg.

Photo By Alan Soler

The Oregon teams will dual the defending Washington State Team Champions 4A Lake Stevens and 1A Orting.

The Orting vs. Culver match begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Lake Stevens vs. Roseburg match at 7 p.m.

Last year in Roseburg, Lake Stevens lost to the number 10 nationally ranked Roseburg team by 10 points.

Lake Stevens will be putting their 17-year home winning streak on the line vs. top rated Roseburg. Wrestling starts in the LSHS gym at 5:45 p.m.


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