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Darrington wrestlers moving up state rankings
To go along with a successful team season at Darrington, the Loggers have placed a number of individual wrestlers at the top of their weight divisions state-wide.
At 119 pounds Johnny Loughnan currently ranks second behind only Ryn Rollins of Republic in the coaches poll. At 130 pounds Cody Bryson is ranked fifth right now. Senior Paden Newberry sits fourth in the 160 pound division and Mathias Metzger placed sixth at 189. Conner Rounds and Scott Regelbrugge also received attention, with Rounds ranked second at 215 and Regelbrugge sixth in the heavyweight category.
Darrington completed a 66-18 win over tough league rival La Conner on Jan. 22 that saw pins from Newberry, Rounds, Regelbrugge, and Loughnan. The win moved Darrington to 4-1 in league, 5-4 overall in dual meets. Top to bottom the Darrington wrestling lineup held its own against La Conner.
We started at 171 with Paden, said Coach Chad Monteith. He didnt make 160 weight so we bumped him up one class against one of La Conners better guys. He still won with a pin which shows you where hes at this year. At 215 Rounds dominated their kid, pinning him really fast.
Rebelbrugge, fresh off a first-place finish at the Meridian Tournament, again pinned his opponent.
Scotts doing well now, said Monteith. At the beginning of the year he was banged up a little, but now hes starting to get healthy and come along. He started the year 8-1 and the got hurt over the holidays. We need him to keep things going now.
Loughnan also overcame some health issues to win his match for Darrington.
Johnny wasnt feeling well last night, but he hung in there, said Monteith. He ended up pinning the kid in the third round. It was a tough match for him. Hes never wrestled that particular opponent before and the kid surprised us.
Danny Schafer came off the JV team and pinned his man in the first round at 145. That feat also impressed Monteith because normal varsity man Joe Dolph has been out due to injury.