Wa-Hi grapplers headed to regional tournament

Anthony Stalder and Luis Santana win their weight classes at district, and lead seven Blue Devils to regionals in Moses Lake this weekend.

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Wa-Hi wrestler Anthony Stalder takes on Chiawana's Kamran Latifov in the 138-pound division at the district tournament at Chiawana on Friday night. Stalder went undefeated to win his weight class at the tournament, and is one of seven Blue Devils advancing to the regional meet in Moses Lake this weekend.

PASCO -- Two Wa-Hi wrestlers earned district titles here at Chiawana in the district wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday.

Anthony Stalder took home the 138-pound district title and Luis Santana picked up the 195-pound district championship for the Blue Devils.

Both Stalder and Santana advance to the regional tournament, which begins Friday at Moses Lake.

The top four in each weight class earned the right to continue their seasons.

Joining Stalder and Santana at the regional tournament will be fellow Blue Devils Logan Reardon, Wil Babbitt, Zach Anderson, Quinn Piver and Zane Henderson.

Reardon finished second at 220 pounds. Babbitt, Anderson and Piver all earned third-place ribbons and tickets to regionals.

Babbitt will go at 120 pounds, Anderson at 152 and Piver at 285.

Henderson grabbed the last (fourth) spot at 170 pounds.

Luis Contreras (182) and Daniel Benavides (285) wrestled but finished sixth.

"I really couldn't be more proud of this group of guys," Wa-Hi coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "When I think about the way the season began and how far we have come, I am literally dumbfounded. We have worked the guys pretty hard in an attempt to get them to their full potential and it paid off. I cannot remember the last time we had two district champions, or qualified seven for the regional tournament. Now, the trick is to use this momentum and qualify some of them for the state tournament. Each guy needs to place in the top three at the regional tournament to qualify."

In the team race, host Chiawana claimed the district title with 314 points. Moses Lake was second with 277. The Blue Devils scored 164 and finished sixth.

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