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By Rory Douglas
Contributing Writer 

Lake Stevens wrestling improves to 5-0


December 11, 2012

Lake Stevens wrestler Alex Rodrigo (Top) pinning Ryan James from Kamiak. Lake beat Kamiak 60-9 overall. - Photo by Alan Soler

In the second week of competition, the Lake Stevens High School Wrestling team notched three more dual-meet wins—and a special honor for one of its coaches.

At the Lake Stevens double dual on Tuesday, December 4, assistant coach Dean Width was honored with the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s assistant coach of the year award. Width, a longtime Lake Stevens coach, has coached more Wrestling state champions than any coach in Washington State.

Head coach Brent Barnes and the wrestlers congratulated and thanked Width for all his contributions to the team.

In the first dual meet of the night, Lake Stevens beat Kamiak 60-9. Freshman AJ Crew marked the fastest pin of the night, at 46 seconds, with senior Jesse Peterson close behind him, pinning his opponent in 1:19. Freshman Jake Douglas won 8-7 against Kamiak’s David Garcia, who placed third at last year’s state tournament.

In the second dual, seven Lake Stevens wrestlers pinned their opponents to hand Edmonds-Woodway its first loss of the year, 59-6.

The dual’s most exciting match was a battle between defending state champion Noah Cuzzetto and Lake Stevens’s Jake Douglas.

With less than thirty seconds left in the third period, Douglas led by two points, but Cuzzetto scored a late takedown to take the match into overtime.

In overtime Douglas and Cuzzetto ended up on the mat scrambling for a takedown before Cuzzetto gained control to win the match.

Photo by Alan Soler

On Friday, Dec. 7, Lake Stevens improved its record to 5-0 by defeating Sedro-Woolley 58-15. Lake Stevens notched eight pins and a forfeit, including pins by twin brothers AJ and Ruben Crew.

The Lake Stevens Wrestling team is taking a break from competition to prepare for the Tri-State tournament in Idaho on December 14 and 15, regarded as one of the toughest Wrestling tournaments in the nation.


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