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Lake Stevens clamps down on Arlington
In one of the toughest tests the Arlington wrestling team will face all year the Eagles came up short against Lake Stevens on Jan. 9. The Vikings showed why theyll be a difficult match for all-comers at the state tournament by dismantling the normally strong Arlington side 48-18.
The match opened at 119 pounds with Kellen Haynes taking on the Vikings Jack Stilwell. Haynes gave up some early points on takedowns but managed to hold on to not get pinned. His determination to keep his shoulders off the mat left Stilwell to settle for a technical fall decision.
In the 125 pound division Chris Berg employed an impressive early reversal to square his match with Josh Villani at 2-2. Berg nearly pinned Villani with a surprise throw over the top but could not maintain his advantage. After two rounds Berg trailed 9-2 and would eventually lose on a technical fall.
At 130 Arlingtons Steven White wrestled a great match against Brandon Austin. The steady White trailed 6-3 after the first round but steadily climbed back into the match. With 30 seconds remaining a stall call on Austin brought White to within 7-6 but a late takedown cost him two points and the match 9-6.
Freshman sensation Nathan Shortt nearly pulled off a big upset at 135 in a gritty effort against Alex Pelligrini. Shortt and Pelligrini battled to a 0-0 standstill after one round with Shortt forcing most of the action. The lanky kid from Arlington shot in for takedowns on Pelligrinis legs and established himself as the aggressor, but could not twist his opponent down. In the third round, with Pelligrini ahead 3-2 on points, Shortt scored a key escape to tie the match up 3-3. Unfortunately, he could not build on that momentum and with 15 seconds to go Pelligrini caught him with a takedown for a 5-3 edge. Pelligrini was then penalized a point for stalling with one second remaining in the match, but Shortt had no time to escape and force overtime.
Matt Hale lost via minor decision at the 140 pound weight class. Hale and James Souza wrestled to a deadlock early in the match but Souza scored on two key takedowns and won 8-1.
Arlington got its first victory of the night in the 160 pound class where Chris Myers used two slick maneuvers to get the best of Jake Welch. Myers leapt ahead 4-1 right from the opening whistle and maintained that lead through the second and third periods. Myers never relinquished his hold on Welch, winning 4-1 after the full six minutes.
Houston Huber then got the Arlington crowd pumped up with an impressive first round pin of Blake LeHaquet. Huber flipped LeHaquet over midway through the first round and the squirming Lake Stevens man could not wriggle free. Huber held onto him as the referee watched closely for the pin. It came at 1:10 of the first round and Huber celebrated with a roar and a pumped fist.
Danny Pierce also won for Arlington at the 215 pound division. Pierce pinned Ryan Welch midway through the second round to give Arlington six more points.
It wasnt enough as the Eagles fell to 10-3 overall, 2-2 in league.