On a cold December night in North Seattle, Woodinville’s wrestling season got off to a rousing start, as the Falcons roughed up the Roughriders 50-24. Strong performances came from all corners, including seniors Ryan Christensen and Cole Stemmerman, who each pinned their respective opponents in under two minutes.
"I’m real excited," senior Ryan Christensen said. "This is the first time that we’ve beaten Roosevelt since I’ve been here. We started down 12-0 because we had a couple of forfeits, but the team wrestled great so I’m real happy with how the season started."
"It’s the start of the season and our senior year," Dalton Mann said. "We have a very strong core group. We’ve been together since our sophomore year. The rest of the guys are bonding. We have a strong off season workout program and we have those bonds a team should have. We as a team have never placed in the top 10. That’s our goal for this year."
Falcon coach Todd Christensen was in beast mode throughout the night. He sat upon the edge of his ringside chair while coaching his players with Lombardi-like intensity.
"Yes, I get pretty intense," Christensen said afterward with a smile. "Our seniors did really well. Everybody wrestled well and with aggression and intensity. Our whole coaching staff work well together and the kids listen and are doing well."
Fans from both schools cheered raucously as each battle took place. But one curious moment came late, when Woodinville’s Ryan Christensen stepped onto the mat to confront Roosevelt’s Matt Dickenson in the 195 pound weight class. The gym fell silent, and largely remained so as the grappling got underway. Christensen disposed of his opponent with machine-like precision, and quickly it was over.
Afterward, Christensen was asked about the sounds of silence. "I didn’t notice it," he said. "It’s weird. I’ll get out on the mat, and then people will ask me `did you hear me yell?’, and I’ll say no. I can hear my dad and coaches just fine, but everything else is blocked out."
"Ryan’s got a reputation and he’s committed to (the University of) Wisconsin," teammate Dalton Mann said. "Word has spread, and people know him and look out for him. It’s almost like everyone is wondering what he is going to do. His reputation precedes him."
Wrestling Dual Woodinville at Roosevelt
December 5, 2013
Woodinville 50 - Roosevelt 24
120 Ridge Peterson, WOOD, pinned Ben Kriesberg, ROOS, 5:51 126 Edward Kim, WOOD, maj. dec. Max Kriesberg, ROOS, 13-0 132 Trygve Groh, ROOS, dec. Tim Lopez, WOOD, 7-5 138 Zach Gracia, WOOD, pinned Calvin Parker, ROOS, 1:29 145 Cole Morrison, WOOD, pinned Eric Choi, ROOS, 1:31 152 Dalton Mann, WOOD, pinned Jody Cearns, ROOS, 5:50 160 Jonathan Lee, ROOS, dec. Bryan Morrison, WOOD, 10-6 170 Everett Bingisser, WOOD, maj. dec. Alec Scully, ROOS, 21-9 182 Jordan Forst, ROOS, pinned Dylan Axelson, WOOD, 5:40 195 Ryan Christenson, WOOD, pinned Matt Dickenson, ROOS, 1:38 220 Cole Stemmerman, WOOD, pinned Colin DiNino-Childers, ROOS, 0:40 285 Duke Clinch, WOOD, pinned Bijan Safai, ROOS, 3:41 106 Bradon Blackstone, ROOS, forf. 113 Eli Teagle, ROOS, forf.