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WRESTLING: Carpio, Lologo and Gleed pin down state championships at Mat Classic | Slideshow
It was a night of redemption for a trio of Federal Way wrestlers Saturday night inside the Tacoma Dome.
Beamer’s Arian Carpio, Federal Way’s Luaipou Lologo and Decatur senior Kyle Gleed overcame some wrestling demons to win individual state championships Saturday at Mat Classic XXV.
Carpio, who rolled through the 2012 season unbeaten until losing in the state championship match last year. The loss to Winlock’s Rachel Archer took away Carpio’s dream of becoming a four-time state girls champion.
But the sophomore got to stand atop the podium Saturday night after pinning Kentridge’s Taylor Lee in the 112-pound title match. The win moved Carpio to 23-0 during the season. The loss to Archer is still Capio’s only defeat during her already-stellar high school career.
“This is such a relief,” Carpio said after the match. “I have been working for this all year. I have been working so hard.”
Carpio said that losing the state championship match during her freshman season was the main motivation for her getting back to the Tacoma Dome and winning the elusive state title.
“This is a way different feeling than last year,” Carpio said. “This is one of the best feeling I’ve felt in my life and last year was one of the worst.”
Lologo got the best of Lakes’ Kiaya Van Scoyoc in the 155-pound girls championship bout Saturday night just a week after getting pinned in the regional final by Van Scoyoc. The Lakes junior was dominant entering the championship, pinning all three of her preliminary-round opponents in the opening round.
But Lologo, who finished 26-3 on the season, was on a mission during the two-day Mat Classic. The Federal Way senior pinned Oak Harbor’s Aimee Oliver in the opening round before having her toughest match of the tournament against Hoquiam’s Samantha King. Lologo won a narrow decision, 6-5, to advance. Lologo needed only 56 seconds to pin White River’s Dylan Fagan in the semifinals.
Gleed led a bigtime effort by the Decatur Gators Friday and Saturday. Gleed’s state title punctuated a very impressive tournament by the Gators. University won the Class 3A state team title with 142.5 points, but the Gators were right behind in second place with 138.5 points. It was the best finish in the history of the Decatur wrestling team.
Gleed, who entered the tournament as the top-ranked heavyweight in 3A, won his state title by injury default after he accidently kicked Marysville-Getchell’s Alfredo Diaz in the head that gave Gleed a 4-3 lead. Diaz was checked out by doctors, who told him he wouldn’t be able to continue.
Gleed’s championship comes one year after he missed the state championships when he suffered a broken ankle during the regional tournament. Gleed rolled into the 3A heavyweight title match after pinning his first two opponents Friday and winning a 6-2 decision over University’s Tate Orndorff in the semifinals.
Two more district wrestlers also lost in championship matches. Federal Way senior Bianca Arizpe lost to Puyallup’s Jordyn Bartleson in the 118-pound title match and Beamer sophomore Vanessa Dixon was beaten in the 145-pound final.
Gleed was joined at the Mat Classic by nine other teammates and also got five third-place finishes from seniors Nick Karis (170 pounds), Spencer Smith (182) and Rowland Gaydosh (195), sophomore Isaiah Diggs (138) and freshman Leviticus Arizpe at 113.
Karis, who came into the Mat Classic 34-1, lost to Kamaikin’s Sisto Pina, the eventual champion, in the semifinals, 8-3. Karis went on to pin Oak Harbor’s Courtney Shavers in the third/fourth match Saturday.
Smith also lost to the eventual champion before winning four matches in a row to finish third at 182. Smith’s loss came to Glacier Park’s Sean Elledge in the quarterfinals, 11-3. Smith beat Hanford’s Will Bishop in the third/fourth match, 4-2.
Gaydosh lost to the eventual 195-pound champion, Tanner Orndorff from University, in the quarterfinals Friday, 4-2, before reeling off four-straight wins to finish third. Gaydosh lost in the 170-pound championship match a season ago.
Diggs lost to the eventual 132-pound champion, Christian Villani from Bellevue, in the quarterfinals Friday and, like Smith and Gaydosh, went on to win four matches in a row to finish third. Diggs beat University’s Reiley Smith in the third/fourth match, 7-4.
Arizpe also lost to the eventual champion before grabbing the third-place trophy. Arizpe lost to Sunnyside’s Jesse Barajas, 11-6, in the semifinals. Arizpe battled back and beat Kamiakin’s Cesar Castillo in the third/fourth match, 7-0.
Decatur also got podium finishes from Brandon Zimmerman, who finished seventh at 160 pounds, and Trysten Dawson, who ended up eighth at 113.
The Todd Beamer Titans sent seven wrestlers to the Tacoma Dome and finished in 18th place in the team standings. The Titans had three state placers in Jordan Rhodes, Haftom Tafere and Mitchell Owens. Rhodes finished eighth at 113 pounds, Tafere was sixth at 126 and Owens was fifth at 160.