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SPSL postseason begins with big weekend for wrestlers
It’s that time of the year. This weekend marks the start of the postseason for most of the winter high school sports. Gymnastics, swimming and diving and wrestling will have competitions running both Friday and Saturday, and the South Puget Sound League boys and girls basketball regular season will come to an end.
The 2A/3A/4A Sub-District Gymnastics Meet will take place Saturday at Mount Rainier High School with all four Federal Way schools competing.
Jefferson looks like the best of the bunch, led by senior twins Monica and Shelby Church. The Raiders averaged close to 160 points during the regular season.
In the swimming pool, athletes will be after berths to the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Meet Friday and Saturday. Curtis High School will host the West Central District Meet.
Last weekend, Jefferson finished 11th, Federal Way was 12th and Beamer was 13th at the 14-team SPSL 4A Swim and Dive Championships.
A bulk of the action will be on the wrestling mats this weekend. There will be four separate tournaments stretching across the South Puget Sound League.
On the boys’ side, Jefferson will travel to Kent-Meridian for the 2013 SPSL North Division Tournament, Beamer and Federal Way will be at Curtis for the SPSL South Tournament and Decatur will travel to Auburn Mountainview Friday and Saturday for the SPSL 3A Sub-District Tournament.
The Gators seem to have the best chance at excelling in the postseason. Decatur was ranked in the top-three at the Class 3A level all year and have several individuals who should qualify for the Mat Classic State Tournament.
Trysten Dawson (113 pounds), Leviticus Arizpe (120), Isaiah Diggs (138), Brandon Zimmerman (160), Nick Karis (170), Spencer Smith (182), Rowland Gaydosh (195) and Kyle Gleed (285) are all ranked in the top-10 in their respective weight classes by WashingtonWrestlingReport.net.
At the 4A level, Beamer and Federal Way also have wrestlers ranked in the top-10 entering the postseason, including Alex Davidson (106, Federal Way), Brett Dykman (113, Beamer) and Brian Dykman (120, Beamer).
On the girls’ side, the sub-regional tournament will also feature the return of a pair of state-title contenders from Beamer. Arian Carpio and Vanessa Dixon were earlier declared ineligible for one year after competing in a tournament in California earlier this month.
Both Carpio and Dixon are the top-ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes, according to washingtonwrestlingreport.com. Carpio wrestles at 112 pounds and Dixon is a 145-pounder.
Carpio won the 114-pound title at the Napa Valley Girls Classic with a perfect 5-0 record and Dixon finished up in second at 146 with a 4-1 record.
The girls were suspended after it was determined they violated a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) rule that says no “school team or individual contestant shall be eligible to represent a school in an athletic contest unless the coach is an employee of the school district in which he/she coaches.” No official Beamer coach accompanied the girls to California.
But it was determined after the girls appealed the year suspension by WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese that the girls didn’t compete as Beamer wrestlers, but as members of their club team, Federal Way Spartans.
Carpio is not a Federal Way School District employee. However, he said the girls were not representing Beamer and wore their club singlets.
The Federal Way High School girls team should also make some noise in the postseason. The Eagles won the SPSL Tournament title midseason and finished third at the massive 37-team Lady Wolf Pack Tournament last weekend, which should be a good indication of the state meet.
The Eagles are led by senior Bianca Arizpe, who is the top-ranked 118-pounder in the state.