The high school winter wrestling season is right around the corner. Here’s a recap of last season including furthest finishers for each school and final standings, along with a look at the current season and each school’s first home competition.
Todd Beamer was the leader at the end of all the Federal Way schools at the Mat Classic inside the Tacoma Dome last Feb. 18-19. Beamer finished 22nd at the 3A classification, narrowly edging out Decatur, which ended up 23rd at the 4A level. Thomas Jefferson also took strides, sneaking just inside the top 40 tying with Kent-Meridian at 39th. During the regular season, Decatur finished with a 2-2 record, putting them in fourth in the division. TJ also went 2-2, but since they are in the 3A division of the NPSL, they finished tied for third. Federal Way High School went 0-4, and Todd Beamer went 1-5, putting them tied for fourth.
Decatur, TJ and Todd Beamer all had wrestlers place fourth at the state tournament. Colin Jack was a senior for the Decatur Gators and came in fourth at the 138-pound class. Senior Alhassane Bungoura for Todd Beamer reached fourth place at the 285-pound division. Thomas Jefferson junior Christopher Trevino came in fourth at the 126-pound weight class. Beamer also had another senior Julian Clemans, who came in sixth place at 160 pounds. Decatur had senior Sennai Heyliger finish in seventh place at 170 pounds as well.
On the girls side, Federal Way High School had the furthest finisher of all the schools. Senior Kayla McKinley came in third place at 105-pound weight class. Decatur also had a girl with an admirable finish — Peyton Washington finished fifth at the 120-pound division. TJ senior Kenya Cruz dropped her fifth-place match to finish in sixth for the TJ Raiders at the 170-pound division.
Todd Beamer’s first home match this season is on Dec. 14 when they take on Auburn Riverside. Decatur’s first home match is also on Dec. 14, they play host to Kentwood. Federal Way has their first home match on Dec. 7 against Kentridge. Thomas Jefferson is the lone Federal Way school to host an in-town rival, on Nov. 30, when they go up against Decatur at home.