ARLINGTON – Some strategy paid off big time for the Arlington wrestling team Thursday night.
Eagle freshman Connor Stockman usually wrestles at 195 pounds. But against Everett that would have put him up against senior Christian Balmer, one of their best wrestlers.
So, Arlington moved Stockman to a heavier weight class, 220 pounds, to take on Seagull Wyatt Tuohimaa, a junior who is not as highly ranked as Balmer.
That strategy paid off as Stockman pinned Tuohimaa in one minute, 56 seconds.
So while Balmer won by forfeit for six points, Stockman got those six points right back with the pin.
That move was key to the home team’s 37-25 overall victory.
Three other Eagles won by fall. Junior Kristian Fairbanks pinned Lester Howard in 1:12 at 170 pounds, senior Colby Wammack pinned Christian DeGuzman in 1:28 at 152 pounds, and senior Will Rush pinned Ryan Arboleda in 2:59 at 132 pounds.
Winning for Arlington with a major decision was Gavin Howell over Dayne Tuohimaa 11-3 at 145 pounds.
Winning by decisions for the Eagles were: Freshman Dorian Tollenaar 9-4 over Jonah Palabrica at 106 pounds; freshman Jack Mackey 7-5 at 113 pounds over Carmen Degregg, a senior; and at 285 pounds sophomore Hayden Strande edged Aurick Martinez 10-8.
Five wrestlers from Arlington came up on the short end of the score.
Junior Levi Wiseman lost a heart-breaker to senior Krys DuPree 2-1 at 182 pounds. At 138 pounds, Eagle senior Brantly Stupey lost 5-2 to Stephan Erosa of Everett. At 126 pounds, junior Brendan Connelly lost to DJ Ramirez 6-2. Seagull Fernie Vasquez at 120 pounds won a major decision 15-4 over freshman Todd Smith. The only Everett pin of the night came when, at 160 pounds, Riley Bennett put junior Sam Rush on his back in 3:14.