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Arlington wrestlers dominate Lynnwood
It didnt take long for the Arlington Eagles wrestling team to jump out to a commanding lead over Lynnwood during their Dec. 4 match. The Eagles won three matches by forfeit to grab an 18-0 edge before the wrestling even began. The forfeits wound up being a non-issue as Arlington won decisively 65-12.
Kellen Haynes got things going for the Eagles with a quick pin off a double leg takedown. The 119 pound Haynes sealed the deal midway through the first round, giving Arlington six points.
Matt Badgley followed Haynes with another pin for the Eagles at 125 pounds. Badgley took an even shorter time, winning by pin in 31 seconds.
Arlingtons Stephen White, wrestling at 135, was nearly pinned at the end of the first round of his match. The buzzer saved him and despite the near fall, the match score was tied 5-5 after one round. In the second round White staked himself to a slight edge 8-7 but neither he nor his opponent could gain a sizeable advantage. It all came down to the third round, which didnt start well for White. A reversal by his Lynnwood opponent put White in a precarious position. Trailing 9-8 with a short time remaining, White managed to keep his composure. He scored two points on a reversal of his own and then extended his advantage to hold on for a 13-11 win.
I knew I had him out-conditioned, said White after the match. I ran cross-country in the fall and I feel like coach has us all in great shape.
The added work paid off as White made the final round count. His win showed a lot of determination during the critical moments of the match.
At 140 pounds Nathan Shortt had no trouble at all disposing of his competition. Shortt led13-1 and was holding on for a near fall three points to seal the match. A fifteen point margin would have won Shortt a technical fall and a victory, but Shortt was not satisfied with a technical fall. He wrapped up his opponent and held him down on the far side of the mat, using an arm bar to pin him.
At 145 Matt Hale scored big early with a throw takedown. He led 5-2 after one round and it took Hale only 17 seconds to score a pin in the second round, ending the match early.
Seth Henderson made his match look easy as well, scoring a victory on a technical fall. He used the ball-and-chain takedown to score big in the first round and eventually claimed a 15-0 victory.
The closest match of the evening came at 160 pounds, where Chris Myers took the full three rounds to dispatch his opponent. Myers gained an early edge thanks to a foul call on Lynnwood, giving Myers one point. After one round the steady Myers led 1-0. He pushed that lead to 3-0 with a takedown in round two before surrendering a point for an illegal hold. Lynnwood did manage an escape to trail 3-2 but Myers held strong for victory.
Thats what high school wrestling is all about, said coach Doug Byers, two great competitors going at it in a tight, one-point decision. Thats the kind of wrestling well see at state.
At 171 pounds Houston Huber scored a 56-second pin and at 189 Jordan Anderson also managed to pin his opponent. Overall the Eagles proved to be too much for the young Lynnwood team.