Northwest NEWS

February 28, 2000

Sports

Northshore athletes shine at state

Northshore wrestlers

(Left to right) Nick Rossman, Brian Houch, and Ryan Couture at the Tacoma Dome. Not pictured is Dan Kachmarik.
Photo by Lance Muresan.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   TACOMA--Led by Bothell High senior heavyweight wrestler Jamison Hyatt and Inglemoor's swim team, several Northshore athletes made the state take notice during "Championship Weekend," Feb. 19-20.

   Hyatt lost a close 275-pound championship match, 11-7, to Marysville's Israel Silva at the state 4A wrestling Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 20. Hyatt lost 2-1 to Silva in the district finals.

   Woodinville High School senior Ryan Couture (27-4) took third place in the 135-pound weight class, and Falcon senior Nick Rossman (29-9) took sixth place at 152 pounds, with a 3-3 tournament record. Brian Houck (25-4), 119-pound Falcon senior, also wrestled at state, finished in the top twelve, despite having the flu all weekend, said Falcon coach Shaker Culpepper.

   Inglemoor's swim team took fourth place in Federal Way, the highest finish for Eastside 4A schools. Gabe Nochlin led the way with a fourth place in the one-meter dive. The Vikings' 400-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Brandon Leahy, Nathan Bernier, and Joe Walker, and senior Chris Chism took fourth-place. Leahy placed fifth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 butterfly. Bernier took sixth in the 100 breaststroke, seventh in the 100 freestyle, and ninth in the 200 individual medley. Chism placed seventh in the 100 freestyle. Walker finished tenth in the 100 backstroke.

   Woodinville senior Aaron McCann took fourth in the 500 freestyle, and Bothell junior Ben Cramer placed fifth in the 200 freestyle. McCann finished tenth in the 200 freestyle.

   Couture faced a daunting challenge in his wrestling weight class, said Culpepper. He lost the semifinal match, 15-4, to the eventual state champ, undefeated Carlos Adamy of Moses Lake. In the final, Adamy won 5-0 over Capital's Steve McGettrick, who was also undefeated and a two-time state champ.

   "A lot of college coaches talked to Ryan after the tournament," said Culpepper. "He has a great potential to get stronger, with more weightlifting. That gives him a greater upside than a lot of guys, because he improved so much over last year and had such a good tournament."

   Falcon senior 145-pound wrestler Dan Kachmarik was a regional qualifier, and was the 4A academic state champ with a 3.93 GPA.

   In gymnastics, Inglemoor's Melissa Bannister placed ninth on the balance beam.