January 15, 2014 | Vol.54 N.3

Viking wrestlers lose in dual meet

The Lake Stevens High School Wrestling team lost to Oregon's Roseburg High School 39-23 at a dual meet on Saturday night.

Lake Stevens and Roseburg were tied at 23 going into the night's last three matches, but Roseburg won all three matches to take the victory. Lake Stevens is the top-ranked 4A school in Washington and Roseburg is the top-ranked 6A school in Oregon. 

The Vikings have now lost two home dual meets in a row, after going more than 20 years without losing a home dual meet. This is what passes for a rough patch for one of the state's top Wrestling programs, but the Vikings have reason to remain confident as the post-season approaches.

Four of the meet's matches pitted ranked Oregon wrestlers against ranked Washington wrestlers and Lake Stevens won all four of those matches.

At 120 pounds, Michael Soler, the top-ranked 4A wrestler in Washington at that weight, won 9-3 over Roseburg's Tommy Dill, ranked fifth in 6A in Oregon. At 126 pounds, Lake Stevens's Alex Rodorigo, ranked 10th in 4A in Washington, beat Roseburg's Ryan Burum, ranked fifth in 6A in Oregon. 

At 132 pounds, Lake Stevens's Jake Douglas, ranked second at 126 in 4A, scored a third-round reversal and nearfall to beat the number-three ranked Oregon wrestler, Cole Van Anrooy. At 138 pounds, Lake Stevens's Noah Cuzzetto, the top-ranked 132-pound wrestler in 4A in Washington, won 12-3 against Chad Jones, ranked second at 126 in Oregon.

Two of Lake Stevens' ranked wrestlers in the upper weights, Logan Johnson and Cody Vigoren, both won their matches as well.

While the Vikings surely don't like losing two home dual meets in a row, they can take some solace in knowing that they're a much stronger tournament team than they are a dual-meet team. At three of the lower weights – 113, 120, and 126 –they have two wrestlers ranked in the top ten at state. In dual meets, where teams can only have one wrestler per weight, the Vikings often end up leaving several of the state's top wrestlers on the bench. But for most tournaments, including the state tournament, teams can have two wrestlers per weight, which lets the Vikings put all their top wrestlers in the lineup to score points.

The Vikings continue with their Wesco dual meet schedule this week with a home match against Monroe on Thursday, Jan. 16. On Saturday, Jan. 18, they travel to the CK Matman Classic at Central Kitsap High School, one of Washington's toughest regular-season tournaments.

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