During Friday at Mat Classic, I usually look for two things out of our local wrestling contingent: state-title contenders taking care of business, and hopefuls trying to get in position to contend by pulling an upset or two.
Looking over the brackets on Thursday, I don’t see too many potential trap matches for our top wrestlers like North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde and Kingston’s Bobby Reece. But I did come across several potential quarterfinal matches (Friday afternoon/evening) that I’m going to want to see. Here is the best of the bunch.
My must-see quarterfinal match (again, potentially) is Klahowya’s Adam Burchett and Orting’s Austin Dodson at 120 pounds. Both wreslters are three-time state placers. Burchett has two second-place finishes and a third-place finish to his name, while Dodson was a state runner-up last season.
At Class 3A, Bainbridge’s Dylan Read, who won a title at regionals, could face Terrence McKinney of Shadle Park in the quarterfinals at 138 pounds. McKinney won a state title at 126 pounds last year.
In Class 4A, South Kitsap’s Bryce Broome could face Anthony Thomas of Evergreen (Vancouver) in the quarters. Thomas took third at state last year, but Broome is no pushover. In the heavyweight class, SK’s Damien Medeiros and Issaquah’s Jonathan Norris would be a fun late Friday matchup. Medeiros took eighth and Norris sixth last season.
The best potential quarterfinal girls matchup might be Kingston’s Sonya Redbird vs. Enumclaw’s Danielle Cormier at 145 pounds. Redbird won a title at regionals, while Cormier placed seventh at state last season.