EVERETT —The Falcons started off the New Year with a bang, as the team turned in one of its best performances in recent memory with a fourth-place finish at the Everett Classic Saturday.
Coach Todd Christensen was ecstatic with the effort from his varsity squad.
“It’s the first time we have placed as a team at a tournament since winning the KingCo District Tournament in 2014,” he said. “We had two champions in sophomore Simon Swan (145) and Senior Ben Smith (195). We also had wrestlers place third in senior Jonathan Ruana at 120, junior Tavish McArthur at 285 and sophomore Payton Ariz-Mewett at 295.”
Woodinville scored 113.5 team points. Host Everett took top honors with 169.5 points. Steilacoom was a distant second with 135.5. Meadowdale placed third out of the 22 schools that participated in the tournament with 127 points.
Senior Ben Smith was dominant and earned the maximum team points possible (30) by pinning all his opponents—in the first round of each match, with the fastest pin coming at 0:36 in the championship match.
Sophomore Simon Swan was close behind, earning 29.5 team points by pinning his first three opponents and achieving a technical fall (winning by 15 points) in the championship match.
Woodinville looking to keep the mojo flowing butts heads with Newport and Interlake in double-dual action at home Thursday at 6 p.m.