Pomeroy’s Wyatt Jenkins celebrates after pinning Tri-Cities Prep's John Hylden in 1:43 for the Class 1B wrestling title at 170 pounds. Jenkins was one of three to take state titles as the Pirates placed third as a team at Mat Classic XXV.
TACOMA — Pomeroy took four wrestlers to Mat Classic XXV that unfolded here Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
Three of them claimed championships in their respective weight classes.
Ryan Smith (160 pounds), Wyatt Jenkins (170) and Austin Reisdorph (220) posted 3-0 records and that helped the Pirates achieve a third-place finish in the Class 1B/2B standings.
“It was a great finish for us,” Pomeroy coach Brian Slaybaugh said. “One of our team goals this year was to be in the top three. Things came together for us at the end of the season. I’m proud of the way the kids wrestled.”
Smith recorded a pin and a decision before gutting out a 14-12, overtime verdict over La Conner’s Dahlton Zavala.
“He was struggling. He was well spent,” Slaybaugh said. “But he gutted it out.”
Jenkins won a pair of decisions before pinning John Hylden of Tri-Cities Prep at the 1:43 mark of the first period.
“He had a great tournament,” Slaybaugh said. “He had a couple of tough matches. But in the finals, he had a easy match.”
Reisdorph turned in perhaps the most dominating Pirate performance with two pins and a major decision. He defeated Mason McKenzie of Darrington, 14-3 for the 220-pound title.
“In the championship match, an opponent took him all three rounds for the first time this season,” Slaybaugh said.
The Pirates also received an academic achievement award for posting the best grade point average among 1B schools — 3.48.
At the 4A level, Wa-Hi’s Logan Reardon won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals in the 220-pound weight class before dropping a pair of narrow decisions. He settled for the sixth-place medal.
“I’m proud of him,” Wa-Hi coach Dallas Jones said. “He wrestled his heart out.”
Reardon posted a major decision over Alex Fairhurst of Snohomish, 8-0, then decisioned Brandon Champaco of Spanaway Lake, 13-6.
In the semifinals, the eventual 220-pound champion — Puyallup’s Matt Voss — registered a late reversal to nip Reardon, 6-4.
Reardon suffered another narrow defeat in his final tournament bout, a 4-3 setback to Skyline’s Sean McAlhaney.
“That’s one of the tougher things in wrestling — to lose in the semifinals and try to recover mentally,” Jones said. “He (Reardon) wrestled really well. He brought home a medal in a deep weight class. He left it all out there and that’s all you can ask for.”
Waitsburg-Prescott’s Tristan Newman, a freshman, made state at 285 but did not place.