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By Alan Soler
Contributing Writer 

Wrestlers take second at Wesco 4A District Championships


February 7, 2012

Photo By Alan Soler

The Lake Stevens Wrestling team’s streak of consecutive district championships ended at 12 this weekend as the Vikings came in second to Snohomish at this year’s Wesco 4A district tournament.

This is only the second time since 1991 that the Vikings haven’t won the district tournament. The Vikings were left short handed at the start of the tournament when two of their top seeded wrestlers, Dakota Reynolds (113 lbs.) and Jesse Peterson (120 lbs.) failed to make weight knocking them out of the tournament.

Reynolds, a senior and two time state qualifier was ranked third in state while Peterson, a junior and state finalist last season was ranked second in the state.

The Vikings finished with four individual champions to Snohomish’s three however 22 of Snohomish’s 28 wrestlers finished in the top eight, which score team points, while only 16 of Lake’s 22 wrestlers placed high enough to score team points.

The Vikings were unable to match the Panther’s depth and lost 405-305.

Photo By Alan Soler

Lake Stevens’ four District Champions were Eric Soler (126 lbs.), Kinsey Johnson (138 lbs.), Ryan Olliges (182 lbs.) and Brandon Johnson (285 lbs.).

The top five placers in each weight class at districts move on to next weekend’s Regional Championships with the sixth place finishers Wrestling a pigtail match against the third place finisher from the Greater St. Helen’s League to get into the Regional Championships to be held at Cavelero Mid High on Saturday, February 11.

Lake Stevens advances 16 wrestlers to Regionals


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