Decatur’s Quinzy Salu, right, battles against Kennedy Catholic’s Bowen McConville in the 285-pound 4A finals at Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. McConville beat Salu for the title. Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter

Decatur’s Quinzy Salu, right, battles against Kennedy Catholic’s Bowen McConville in the 285-pound 4A finals at Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. McConville beat Salu for the title. Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter

Decatur’s Quinzy Salu takes second in Mat Classic

The senior wrestler fell to Kennedy Catholic’s Bown McConwille in the 285-pound 4A finals on Saturday.

Exhausted and disappointed – and as his blood-stained singlet suggested – Decatur’s Quinzy Salu left everything on the state wrestling mat Saturday night.

Somehow, it just wasn’t enough to bring home a title for the senior heavyweight.

“I just kept giving it my all,” said Salu after dropping a 13-10 decision to Kennedy Catholic’s Bowen McConville in the 285-pound 4A finals at Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome. “He was pretty good. We both made mistakes. I just think I made more mistakes than he did.”

Salu scrambled back, erasing a 12-4 deficit with a third-period flurry that came up short. The match was interrupted so that mat-side medics could treat McConville’s bloody nose.

In defeat, Salu – who is bound for the U.S. Naval Academy to play football – kept it all in perspective as he capped a solid career at Decatur. He also took silver in last year’s state final.

“The experience was a lot of fun,” Salu said. “I’m not so worried about winning or losing this match right now, there’s a more of how much fun I had (feeling).”

If anything, wrestling brought perseverance to Salu.

“It teaches a lot, not just the physical strength but also the mental strength that is required to push through it and finish matches, tough matches like I just had with McConville.”

Salu rolled to the final. He scored a 10-2 major decision against Pasco’s Davion Pruitt in Friday’s opener, then pinned Newport’s Charlie Baumann in the second round later that day before beating University’s Neftali Lopez 12-4 in the early Saturday semifinals.

In addition to Salu, Decatur’s day was highlighted by Jacob Cassaday’s third-place finished at 182 pounds.

In girls bouts, Federal Way’s Mariah Stewart pinned Jasmine Fryer of Sokane’s West Valley in one minute and five seconds to capture the 235-pound title. Stewart, a senior, finished the season 33-2.

Also for Federal Way, Amanda Henderson (115 pounds) and London Houston (120) delivered sixths, and Anjilia Sumandig (110) finished seventh.

As a team, the Eagles finished fourth.

Decatur’s Quinzy Salu, right, battles against Kennedy Catholic’s Bowen McConville in the 285-pound 4A finals at Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. McConville beat Salu for the title. Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter

Decatur’s Quinzy Salu, right, battles against Kennedy Catholic’s Bowen McConville in the 285-pound 4A finals at Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. McConville beat Salu for the title. Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter

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