TACOMA Blake Bishop had a sense of deja vu when he arrived Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
Sure, the Chiawana senior had plenty of success at Mat Classic XXVI, winning two matches to earn a spot in todays semifinals.
But almost in the very same spot the 152-pound senior beat Kentlakes Josh Beckler 7-2 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Friday, Bishop will be will go down in state football history for another what he did there 2 1/2 months ago.
On Dec. 7th, 2013, Bishop was on the receiving end of a 4-yard touchdown pass with no time on the clock that tied up the Class 4A football championship at 26, capping a 13-point comeback against an undefeated Camas team ready to celebrate its first title.
Chiawana won the game 27-26 after Matt Winn kicked the extra point.
Yesterday, I stood where I caught it and reminisced a little bit, Bishop said. There was definitely a lot of joy. I dont know if Ill ever have that feeling again.
Unless I win a state (wrestling) title.
Thats something Riverhawks wrestling coach Jack Anderson thinks is definitely within the realm of possibilities, especially after two expected favorites Jeremiah Reynolds of Union and Brandon Rochester of Yelm were upset.
Having won the state title in football has given him so much more confidence, Anderson said. Hes always had the athletic ability and the tools. A lot of it is built on the mental aspect.
Bishop defeated Joseph Barnum of South Kitsap 10-7 in the first round and dispatched Josh Beckler of Kentlake 7-2 in the quarters. Hell face Brandon Brenenstahl of Rogers-Puyallup in todays semis at 10:40 a.m.
Another surprising upset happened in the Class 3A bracket, when Mountain Views Benjamin Dixon defeated Sunnysides Homer Romero, last years 106-pound champion, 4-3 in the quarterfinals.
After a desperate attempt to escape Dixons viselike hold in the final seconds, Romero shook Dixons hand after the referees whistle before throwing his headgear to the ground and walking away in tears.
(Dixon) kept riding his leg, and (Romero) didnt have an answer for that, Grizzlies coach George Paulus said. This is just going to be a mental thing (for him). Ill tell him to just keep his chin up. He can still help us.
Paulus acknowledged that the loss definitely hurt Sunnysides chances of a higher finish.
I wanted to get Jesse (Barajas) and Homer in the finals. Now thats gone, Paulus said.
Barajas did make the semis, however, earning a 14-3 major decision over Gage George of Timberline.
Roberto Orozco of Connell was all business in his pursuit of a second consecutive Class 1A state championship.
The Eagles senior posted a pair of convincing wins Friday getting a 15-0 tech fall over Vashon Islands Clyde Pruett and a 9-2 quarterfinal win over Ricky Peterson of Medical Lake.
Im expecting to win it. I dont (necessarily) think about winning last year, but I do think that not a lot of people have an opportunity to win twice, Orozco said.
He says a friendship with Cruz Del Angel Kiona-Bentons two-time champion at 182 pounds has helped him in his own growth as a wrestler.
Orozco also works hard to be a good example for his younger brother Noel, a freshman wrestler at 132 pounds.
I think about my family when Im warming up, he said. I take a lot of pride in teaching my brother.
Strangely enough, the two fastest pins of the day 19 seconds happened within minutes of each other, and in the very same bracket.
Just 10 minutes after James Niemela of Columbia River pinned Peninsula sophomore Tre Starks in 19 ticks, Universitys Tate Orndorff pinned Tristin Prout of Nathan Hale in the same amount of time.