BY BRANDON ADAM
LAKEWOOD — Lakewood High School wrestling found itself peaking at the right time of the season, when four girls and five boys advanced to the State Tournament during the 2A District meet at Squalicum High School on Feb. 15.
It was a great night for the girls.
“We took five girls to Regionals, and four made it to State,” Lakewood head coach Tom O’Hara said. “We had a really good weekend. They wrestled fantastically.”
The four girls that are going to State are sophomores Makayla Jackson, Tommie Mosteller and Alexis Perry, and junior Katie Kortekaas.
Kortekaas faced a tough bracket but finished fourth.
Perry stood out when she went in as the fourth seed and defeated an opponent from the No. 1 seed from the Northwest.
In the boys, five wrestlers qualified for the Mat Classic in Tacoma. Senior Tristan Nelson took first place in the 285-pound weight class.
Other wrestlers who qualified were junior Gage Gilbertson and senior Drake Mosteller, who placed third in their respective weight classes. Jeff Harrison made it to the 182-pound championship match, but lost to Sedro-Woolley’s junior Quinten Roppel, 13-17. Senior Deven Jackson qualified for State when he placed fourth in the 285-pound weight class.
With the Cougars headed to the Mat Classic, O’Hara said, “Everything is washed away at State. We hope to bring home some medals.”
O’Hara said he told his wrestlers he did not focus on the wins and losses of the season, but rather on the performances at State.