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Eagles wrestling fares well at tournament but loses two league matches
The Arlington Eagles wrestling had a tiring week of competition as they lost two Wesco North matches and ended the week with a fifth-place showing out of 13 teams.
After league losses to Oak Harbor and Snohomish, the Eagles fared better Saturday, Dec 16, at the Graham Morin tournament in Squalicum.
The tournament is named after former Squalicum High School wrestling standout Morin, who was a three-time state champion and died of a cardiac abnormality while wrestling at Cornell University.
In 2005, Zac Byers, son of first-year coach Doug Byers, won the tournament and was the MVP of the tournament
Doug Byers said the highlight of the competition was the first-place performance from 125-lb. junior Dom Mangini, who went 4-0 on the afternoon.
Manginis overall record this season is 12-4.
He has a cocky streak, but also balances that out with a humble streak, Byers said. People want to see him succeed he is a great kid.
In addition to Mangini, juniors Steven White (130-lb) and Jordan Anderson (171-lb), sophomore Chris Meyers fourth-place at 152-lb. and junior Hans Henderson fourth in the 160-lb. category.
We did pretty well, about as expected, Byers said.
The Eagles fought an even battle with Snohomish Thursday, Dec. 14, in the early rounds before the red and white Panthers pulled ahead for a 57-16 league victory.
Arlington dropped to 0-2 in league competition and 1-2 overall while Snohomish remained perfect at 3-0, 4-0.
The Eagles 152-lb. sophomore Chris Myers pinned his opponent for an early 6-3 advantage.
Junior 171-lb. Jordan Anderson pinned fellow junior John Kopet, but Snohomish stormed back to win the next six matches in a row.
Junior 125-lb. Dom Mangini ended the losing streak for the Eagles with a 15-4 decision over Snohomish freshman Josh Sykes.
The muscular member of the class of 2008 was happy with his victory, but put the teams loss in perspective afterward.
We all have room for improvement, Mangini said.
As a team we need to pick up the intensity. Snohomish is a good team, but we need to stay conditioned in order to last all three rounds. I thought we looked pretty tired out there.
First-year coach Doug Byers said he knew heading into the match that Snohomish was a good team, but he was not pleased with the result afterward.
I had hoped to win five matches tonight. I thought both of the Goheen boys should have won their matches. I had known from looking at competitive scores that they (Snohomish) were pretty tough.
He added that the Eagles are a young squad with only one senior on the varsity and eight juniors.
The 3A Arlington Eagles tied 4A Oak Harbor 36-all Tuesday, Dec. 12, but came up short in the Wesco North match due to a tiebreaker.
Arlington dropped to 0-1 in league competition and 1-1 overall while the Wildcats improved to 1-0, 1-0.
Arlington earned three pins, two decisions and one forfeit among their league road loss.
Junior 152-lb. Jesse Bosley, freshman 103-lb. Justin Goheen, and senior 125-lb. grappler Charlie Oxstein all won their matches via pin.