Eleven wrestlers on the Lake Stevens High School Wrestling team placed in the top five at the regional Wrestling tournament on Saturday,but it wasn't enough to beat Yelm High School for the first-place trophy.
Yelm had fifteen wrestlers place in the top five, including three individual champions, to finish with 221 team points. Lake Stevens had 187 team points, while third-place Snohomish had 109.
Wrestlers who placed in the top four get a berth at the state tournament next weekend. Fifth-place wrestlers wrestle a one-match pigtail against a fifth-place wrestler from another region for a final berth into the sixteen-person state bracket.
Lake Stevens had four individual champions: sophomore Michael Soler at 113 pounds, sophomore Jake Douglas at 126 pounds, senior Noah Cuzzetto at 132 pounds, and junior Cody Vigoren at 195 pounds.
Junior Tyler Headland won his 113-pound semifinal match with a last-second takedown to advance to the finals, where he and Soler faced each other for the second tournament in a row.
Senior Logan Johnson lost in the 160-pound semifinal to Lynwood's Hunter Lord, the top-ranked 160-pound wrestler in the state, but won his way through the consolation bracket to place third. Junior Alex Rodorigo took a similar path through the 120-pound bracket, losing in the semifinals to Yelm's Darren Harris, the state's top-ranked 120-pound wrestler, but winning the rest of his matches to place third.
At 132 pounds, sophomore Trysten Perales lost in overtime in his first match, but then won in overtime and won another match by two points to advance to the consolation finals and qualify for state.
After the second-place finish at regionals, Lake Stevens finds itself as underdogs going into the state tournament, which runs Feb. 21 and 22 at the Tacoma Dome. Moses Lake High School, the front-runner for the 4A team title, will send ten wrestlers to state, while Union High School will send eleven wrestlers.
To contend for the state title, Lake Stevens will likely need its regional placers to place well at state and will need all four of its regional champions to also win state titles. Cuzzetto and Vigoren are both ranked first at their weights, while Soler is ranked second and Douglas is ranked third.