Five Falcons earn berths to the State Championships

  • Written by Derek Johnson

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The Woodinville Falcons finished third at the regional tournament held last Saturday at Inglemoor High School. Five wrestlers, Ryan Christensen, Dalton Mann, Everett Bingisser, Zachary Gracia and Cole Stemmerman will represent Woodinville at next week’s State Championships in the Tacoma Dome. Cole Morrison will be attending as an alternate.

"Our overall goal is to finish in the top 10 in State," senior Ryan Christensen said.

Ryan’s father, Todd, is Woodinville’s head coach, and the elder Christensen was happy with Saturday’s results.

"As a team we wrestled really well," he said. "We were the top team from the KingCo district with over 100 team points. All year long we’ve had strong senior leadership and we’re sending 5 seniors to State."

Some interesting stories took place on Saturday. Cole Stemmerman, who lost to Ballard’s Jack Deal last week at the KingCo tourney, squared off against him again with the winner going to State and the loser going home. 

"Cole beat Jack Deal in the rematch, so that was a big deal for us," coach Christensen said. "Great match by Cole. He actually pinned him — so that was even better yet!"

Three Falcons reached the regional finals in their respective weight classes. Ryan Christensen (182) won his weight class, while Dalton Mann (145) and Everett Bingisser (152) finished as runner-ups.

"We did it as a team," coach Christensen said. "We took 10 wrestlers there and almost every one of them won at least a match or two. We picked up a lot of team points across the board."

With teams from as far away as the Olympic Peninsula and Southwest Washington competing in regionals, Christensen was asked if there was any camaraderie amongst KingCo schools.

"It’s widely known around the state that KingCo is not a great wrestling district," he said. "So when we come to a tournament like this, we actually do pull together quite a bit. We root for each other and I get along well with all the coaches across the league."

And what of his team’s odds of a strong finish at next week’s Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome? 

"We probably need all five of these guys to place, so it’s going to be close. They’re all capable of placing at State. We’ll show up and wrestle hard and we’ll have a crack at the top 10."


Deb Stemmerman photo.

Woodinville senior Zach Gracia finished third in his weight class and qualified for the State tournament.

Falcon wrestler Dalton Mann finished in 2nd place in his weight class at the Regional tournament Feb 15th at Inglemoor High School.

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