The Decatur High School boys wrestling team at the 4A sub-regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 8. Photo courtesy of the Decatur Wrestling Facebook page

The Decatur High School boys wrestling team at the 4A sub-regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 8. Photo courtesy of the Decatur Wrestling Facebook page

Decatur Gators take 8 on to regional boys wrestling tournament

Decatur’s three sub-regional champions, five tournament finalists to compete at regionals Tahoma High School Feb. 15.

Eight athletes from Decatur’s boys wrestling team made it to another round of postseason after last weekend’s sub-regional tournament.

The NPSL 4A Olympic Sub-Regional boys wrestling tournaments were held at Auburn Riverside High School last weekend.

The top four placers from each weight class moved on to regionals, while fifth-placers become next week’s alternates.

The Gators are taking eight on to regionals next weekend — three sub-regional champions, five tournament finalists and one alternate.

Decatur boys wrestling head coach Tevyn Tillman said he was satisfied with his athletes’ performances.

“[We] still got things we need to work on but everyone performed about where I thought they would with some exceptions here and there,” Tillman said. “Overall, I’m proud of the way they wrestled.”

Tillman also added that he’s excited to see how things turn out in the next two weekends.

“Some of the younger guys seem to get better with each match and the older ones seem a lot more mature,” he said. “… They have been bustin’ their butts to be where they are …”

Tillman said the team hopes to take six of the eight on to state, as long as the wrestlers continue to fine-tune their little mistakes each match.

The NPSL Olympic Division 4A boys wrestling regional championships will be held Feb. 15 at Tahoma High School (23100 SE Bear Blvd. in Maple Valley).

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First place: Decatur sophomore Collin Jack won by decision (4-0) over Auburn Riverside’s Cole Cross.

Fourth place: Decatur freshman Cody Riverman.

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Second place: Decatur sophomore Sennai Heyliger.

Enumclaw’s Drew Krehbiel won by fall in 1:05 over Sennai Heyliger.

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Third place: Decatur junior Joshua Pearce.

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First place: Decatur senior Bradley Tyack won by fall in 1:45 over Auburn’s Ronnie Labranche Mairs.

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Second place: Decatur junior Brad “JC” Clay.

Auburn Riverside’s Ethan Pedro won by 14-8 decision over Brad Clay.

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Fifth place: Decatur sophomore David Long.

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First place: Decatur senior Sampson Mitchell won by 22-second pin over Auburn’s Uriel Parra.

Fourth place: Decatur sophomore Zechariah Siva.

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