Persistent Tyack powers Decatur contingent to Mat Classic

Seven Gators move on to this weekend’s state championships at the Tacoma Dome

Decatur’s Bradley Tyack knows the way to state, and he’s destroying anyone who happens to get in his way to the 4A showcase.

The 170-pound senior Gator made quick work of his weight class at the WIAA Region 3 tournament last Saturday to earn a return trip to the Mat Classic this weekend.

Tyack improved to 37-5 after pinning all three challengers at the regional showcase at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley. He made quick work of Tahoma’s Garret Dress with a pin in 3 minutes, 13 seconds, mauled Kentwood’s Garrett Gregson with 22 seconds left in the first round before squeezing Kentwood’s Viet Nguyen by fall at 1:10 in the finals bout.

“Not much of a challenge today,” said Tyack, the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division Wrestler of the Year who is scholarship bound to Corbin College, a private Christian school in Salem, Oregon. “I’m feeling pretty good. I’m looking forward to state.”

Tyack intends to finish higher on the podium this time around. He was seventh at 152 pounds last year.

The state 4A bouts begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Finals for Mat Classic XXXII begin at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Decatur will be well represented at state with a show of seven. Joining Tyack will be sophomore Collin Jack (32-4) who captured the 106-pound regional title with a 6-4 sudden victory over Tahoma’s Nathan Curry. Jack delivered a takedown with four seconds left in the extra one-minute period.

The Gators’ 152-pound sophomore Sennai Heyliger (32-12), 182-pound junior Brad Clay and 220-pound senior Sampson Mitchell (29-6) advanced with runner-up finishes. Joshua Pearce (24-13) seized the bronze at 160 pounds. Sophomore Zechariah Siva (15-12) qualified for state with a fourth-place finish at 220 pounds.

For Thomas Jefferson, freshman Christopher Trevino (27-12) earned a state spot with a third at 113 pounds


Tahoma ran away with the regional team title. Decatur wound up fourth. At Mat Classic, each weight class will open with 16-person brackets at the Tacoma Dome.