Decatur wrestlers fought hard at the South Puget Sound League North Sub-Regional meet last weekend against Tahoma.
The three champs were 132-pound wrestler Leviticus Arizpe, Zach Berry at 145 and 152-pound wrestler Isaiah Diggs.
“The team did well overall, but just do not have the depth to compete with Tahoma,” said Mike Bressler, wrestling coach. “That is the problem with the district administration deciding to move us up to 4A when we have bottom tier 3A numbers.”
Freshman JJ Dixon has been a stand out all season, finishing fourth in the tournament, Bressler noted.
“I have no doubt he will compete at a higher level in the regional,” he said. “The Avelar twins Alex and Cesar deserve some recognition as they continue to improve. These two are highlights for me as they epitomize Decatur wrestling. They were not stand outs in middle school, but proved that if they work hard and believe in the program that they can succeed; both have had tremendous seasons.”
Freshman Jake Cassaday is a surprise to the team. He placed fifth and will advance to the regional in a tough weight bracket.
Moses Griffen at 113 pounds suffered a tough loss to a quality opponent in the final, but continues to improve and will compete well this weekend, his coach said.
“AJ Sarno, who has had a tremendous senior season, is not finished yet,” Bressler said. “I feel that he is one of the top 182 pound wrestlers in the state. It is up to him to prove that. Jeremiah Fleming at 138 competed well to place fourth, but I feel he has more in him. He is a great athlete that needs to flip the switch to make it to the next level.”
Joe Johnson at 220 pounds made it through as well.