Crosstown rival Inglemoor was in the building, with four top-10 wrestlers in the state in Class 4A, according to Washington Wrestling Report’s Dave Gilbertson, the sport’s local maven.
And in the end, it was a decent meet which Woodinville won 36-31, though the best wrestler in the gymnasium — and perhaps in the entire state — did not take the floor, which was a bummer for the fans.
Top-ranked Ryan Christensen, the stellar junior, forfeited his match at 182 pounds and opted to wrestle at 195 against the Viking’s senior stud, Josh Koukal.
But Inglemoor coaches did not send out their guy, instead opting to send him up for a forfeit at the 220-pound slot, which Woodinville had no answer for.
Brinksmanship and easy points on the board.
It was unfulfilling for the fans, but so it goes in high school wrestling.
Otherwise it went like this: Woodinville’s Zack Gracia, Dalton Mann and Connor McCaw, the Falcons’ lone senior on senior night, made quick work of their opponents, winning handily in major decisions.
Inglemoor’s Gabe Seward then turned back Everett Bingisser 8-5, in an exciting and physical bout that went the distance at 152.
Vikings Jason Chaussee, at 160 pounds, and Jared Koukal at 170 then pinned their opponents to tie the scoreboard.
The meet then became a coach’s chess match.
When the smoke cleared, Woodinville’s Cole Stemmerman, normally at 195 but wrestling up at 285 pounds, outpointed Inglemoor’s Mike Milcareck, 8-2 in a slugfest of big boys.
Then the little guys got to compete, after two more forfeits, and Woodinville sophomore Edward Kim, wrestling up at 120 pounds from 113, took apart his opponent with an aggressive 12-1 victory.
His inspiring effort drew his older teammates out of their seats and off the bench for major applause and good vibes, with the team win in the bag.