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Arlington takes down Shorewood, Shorecrest in dual meet, then finishes third in Bellingham
The Arlington wrestling team looked every bit the strong group it was predicted to be during the teams first meet of the year. The dual meet featured Stanwood, Shorewood, and Shorecrest with Arlington facing off against the latter two schools.
Arlington disposed of Shorecrest in the first match of the evening 75-4. Steven White got things going in a hurry for the Eagles with a quick and easy pin at 135 pounds. 140- pounder Nathan Shortt followed up with a pin in the middle of the first round. Matt Hale scored a near fall at the beginning of the first round, but needed a second round to claim the teams third straight pin. The toughest match for Arlington came in the 103 pound division where Jason Johnson was leading most of the way, but nearly got pinned with seconds remaining in the third round. He managed to escape and preserve the win.
In the second match of the day against Shorewood things did not go as smoothly for the Eagles. Fortunately for them, they got a number of wins by forfeit and managed to escape with a 42-36 victory. The win ran Arlingtons record to 3-0 in non-conference matchups.
I thought that against Shorecrest we wrestled okay, said Coach Doug Byers. They forfeited a number of weights to us, nothing real exciting. I think our guys took Shorewood a little lightly. It came down to Steven Whites match at 135. They were prepared and fired up to wrestle us. One or two upsets in weight divisions that we expected to win made it tight.
Byers has been pleased overall with Whites performance, getting a key win when he needed to do so.
Steven is a coach on the mat, he knows exactly what the situation is, said Byers. He did a nice job of going out and getting that pin early, the kid was overmatched against him. I dont have to worry about him being prepared and ready to wrestle. He has been our most aggressive wrestler and looks good this early in the year.
Arlington also showed well at the George Yonlick Wrestle-rama in Bellingham, placing third overall. The Eagles defeated Bremerton 58-20 in the quarterfinals of the meet, before tying Richfield 33-33. Arlington lost to Richfield on criteria of the wins, the Eagles winning only six of the 14 matches. Arlington rebounded to take down Sultan 56-19 for third place.
Chris Myers wrestled well, hes a guy that in most cases I will depend on him to not only win but to pin, said Byers.
Danny Pierce and Mark Davis won all of their matches. The Eagles would have defeated Richfield if not for a bloody nose suffered by Shortt. The stoppage allowed Shortts opponent to rest while trainers cauterized the blood. Shortt had difficulty breathing and wound up losing in the last seconds of the match after a reversal made the score 6-5.
Nathan handled him during the match, said Byers, it was disappointing to see it end like that.
The Eagles still managed to up their record to 5-1, a good sign for the season to come.