Eastern Washington Class 4A regional wrestling preview

February 6, 2013 

106—No. 1 seeds: Fabian Wickham, sr., Eastmont (ranked No. 1 overall, two-time 3rd place state; two-time 3A regional finalist); Eli Sikes, so., Chiawana; Carson Graham, jr., Central Valley. Others: Trey Long, so., Moses Lake (ranked No. 4 4A); Clayton Clark, fr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 11 4A). Notes: Bottom half of bracket loaded with Sikes-Long and Clark-Graham.

113—No. 1 seeds: Fernando Leyva, jr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 9, placed 5th state); Bryson Beard, fr., Central Valley (ranked No. 3); Chris Montelongo, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 4, two-time state placer, two-time regional runner-up). Others: Matt Petrini, jr., Mead (ranked No. 5, state vet, 113 regional champ ’12). Notes: Leyva decisioned Montelongo 6-4 for 106 title in 2012. All four who advance to Tacoma should place at state.

120—No. 1 seeds: Timmy Martinez, so., Pasco (ranked No. 2; 7th state ’12); Juan Lopez, sr., Davis (ranked No. 4; state vet); Max Peterson, jr., Mead. Others: Chase Clasen, so., Moses Lake (ranked No. 7; state vet); Pedro Murillo, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 10). Notes: Martinez was 3A regional champ at 120 last year. ... Murillo was state alternate at this weight last year.

126—No. 1 seeds: Blake Beard, so., Central Valley (ranked No. 1 overall; 5th state ’12; regional runner-up); Brandon Gonzalez, sr., Pasco (ranked No. 4; state vet ’11); Brad Fox, sr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 5). Others: Alberto Montes DeOca, sr., Wenatchee (ranked No. 9); Wil Babbit, jr., Walla Walla (ranked No. 10). Notes: DeOca sixth at this weight last year. ... After qualifying for state as a sophomore, Gonzalez just missed last year, losing 6-4 in the third-place match last year at 132.

132—No. 1 seeds: Colton Orrino, jr., Central Valley (ranked No. 1 overall, 3rd state ’12, 2nd ’11); Anthony Barajas, sr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 9); Joel Murillo, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 10). Others: Noah Workman, sr., Richland. Notes: Barajas 5th at 126 last year. ... Murillo and Workman are making their first regional appearances.

138—No. 1 seeds: Pryce Seely, jr., Richland (ranked No. 7); Kris Garrett, jr., Wenatchee; Riley Jackson, jr., Mead (6th regionals 120 ’12). Others: Jadin Salazar, jr., Chiawana (ranked No. 13); Kyle Davis, sr., Lewis & Clark. Notes: Seely topped Salazar in overtime at districts, and the two could meet again for regional title. ... There are no state veterans in the field.

145—No. 1 seeds: David Munding, sr., Mead (ranked No. 3; 4th state ’12); Clayton Smith, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 4, state vet); Brenden Sanchez, jr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 12). Others: Travis Ellingsen, sr., Lewis & Clark. Notes: Munding a three-time regional wrestler, finishing second and third last two years. ... Munding beat Smith in third overtime in regional semis last year.

152—No. 1 seeds: Zach Kies, jr., Mead (6th regionals 132 ’12); Boss Garcia, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 4; state vet); Camden Wheatcroft, sr., Eastmont (dnp 3A regionals 138 ’12). Others: Jackson Fromm, sr., Pasco (6th 3A regionals 145 ’12). Notes: Another weight that could repeat MCC district final of Garcia-Fromm.

160—No. 1 seeds: Tyler McLean, sr., Mead (ranked No. 2 overall; two-time state placer, 2nd ’12); Hector Zavala, sr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 8); Blake Bishop, jr., Chiawana (ranked No. 7). Others: Skyler Mitchell, sr., Richland (ranked No. 11); Nico Hernandez, so., Moses Lake. Notes: McLean was regional champ at frosh; injury wiped out sophomore postseason. ... McLean tf’d Bishop 15-0 in regional first round last year. ... Tough weight — even the No. 3 CBBN seed, Ike senior Andrez Acevedo, is a regional vet.

170—No. 1 seeds: Chandler Rogers, jr., Mead (ranked No. 1 overall; two-time state champ); Cameron Simpson, sr., Richland; Darin Hardgrove, sr., Eastmont (ranked No. 6). Others: Dakota Numbers, jr., Lewis & Clark (5th regional 170 ’11). Notes: Rogers was regional runner-up as freshman to ML’s Nico Moreno before beating Moreno for state title. ... Simpson was regional wrestler as sophomore, then lost junior year to shoulder injury.

182—No. 1 seeds: Tanner Davis, sr., Central Valley (ranked No. 4 overall, No. 2 4A; placed 5th, 4th at state); Easton Castro, so., Moses Lake (ranked No. 9); Austen Silvers, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 3, placed 7th state). Others: David Perez, sr., Davis (ranked No. 11); Casey Hornbeck, sr., Gonzaga Prep (ranked No. 13). Notes: Silvers and Hornbeck meet in first round; Silvers beat Hornbeck 1-0 in regional consolation last year. ... Tough weight, with six of nine wrestlers ranked or regional vets. ... Davis placed third at regional 160 last year, Silvers third at 170.

195—No. 1 seeds: Cody O’Toole, sr., Richland; Andrew Backlund, jr., Lewis & Clark; Kyle Hoffman, sr., Eastmont (ranked No. 10). Others: Jordan LaCelle, jr., Moses Lake (ranked No. 11); Isaiah VanWeerdhuizen, sr., Wenatchee. Notes: Without a dominant wrestler, this weight is primed for the unpredictable, though watch out for the CBBN guys. Hoffman placed sixth in 3A regional last year, LaCelle sixth at 4A regional 160, and third seed VanWeerdhuizen placed sixth at 195.

220—No. 1 seeds: Kyle Lesmeister, sr., Wenatchee (ranked No. 2; 4th state ’12); Mason Ju, jr., Mead (ranked No. 4; state vet); Logan Reardon, sr., Walla Walla (ranked No. 5). Others: Abzael Loeza, jr., Chiawana (ranked No. 8). Notes: Lesmeister won this weight at regionals last year, beating Ju 3-2 in the final. Reardon finished fifth in the same bracket, while Loeza did not place.

285—No. 1 seeds: Tyler Brooking, fr., Gonzaga Prep; Ignacio Molinero, sr., Wenatchee (ranked No. 5; 5th regional ’12); Levi McBride, fr., Chiawana (ranked No. 13). Others: Martin Villanueva, sr., Chiawana (ranked No. 14); Ryan Osterlund, sr., Wenatchee (5th regionals ’12). Notes: Villanueva was Chiawana’s No. 1 heavyweight all year, but his surprising loss to teammate McBride in the district final threw the bracket for a loop. Villanueva and Osterlund, two of the top three guys in the field, meet in the first round. Osterlund pinned Villanueva in the consolation rounds last year.

Note: The 3A regional capsule will run in Friday’s paper.

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