Category Archives: Wrestling

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


Mat Classic: Day 2 of action

Another Mat Classic is over. Like I predicted earlier in the year, West Sound would produce a single champion. It went to Kingston’s Peyton Reece in the girls tournament.

Lots of good underclassmen wrestlers are coming back next year, so this could be a preview of things to come. Below is a list of how the teams fared and the kids from West Sound who placed Saturday.

Here is a link to the WIAA website for the entire brackets.

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Mat Classic start times and local qualifiers

Where: Tacoma Dome
Friday: Doors open to public (8:45 a.m.); First session of wrestling (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Second session (3:30-9:30 p.m.)
Saturday: Doors open to public (8:45 a.m.); Third session, including placing matches (10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.); Championship matches (5 p.m.)
Tickets: One day—$15 adults, $11 seniors/students; Two days—$23 adults, $17 seniors/students.

West Sound qualifiers
Class 4A
South Kitsap: 106—Ashton Schessler (30-12), Leroy Portillo (24-8). 113—Deion Anderson (33-4). 120—Sebastian Robles (32-7). 132—Brandon Forster (18-5). 145—Lucas Pervinich (31-9). 152—Jaxon Moffett (28-14). 285—Marshaud DeWalt (27-6).

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Mat Classic: State tournament brackets

Here are the brackets for the state wrestling tournament. Mat Classic begins Friday morning at the Tacoma Dome.

Below is a schedule for the two-day event.

Friday, February 20



3:30pm & 4:00pm-9:30pm

Doors Open for Athletes/Coaches (Lower Gate F) Officials Meeting in Weigh-in Area
Hair/Nail Check Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F)
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A”, “C” and Weigh-in Area (Lower Gate F)
Late Registration (Tournament Head Tables)
Weigh-in Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F) –
Expected Completion – 8:30am
Girls Weigh-ins in Locker Room C –
Expected Completion of – 8:30am
Timers and Relief Worker Training on 2A Mats
Doors Open to Public
Scorers and Timers Meetings (Meet at Each Tournament Mat Area)
1A, 2A, Girls Tournaments
3A, 4A, 1B/2B Tournaments
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A” and “C” until 9:30pm
Dome Closes to All

Saturday, February 21




Doors Open for Athletes/Coaches (Lower Gate F)
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A”, “C” and Weigh-in Area (Lower Gate F)
Weigh-in Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F) –
Expected Completion – 8:15am
Girls Weigh-ins in Locker Room C –
Expected Completion – 8:15am
Doors Open to Public
Presentation of WIAA Team Academic Awards and State Coaches Awards
THIRD SESSION (Includes all Placing Matches for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th)
Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Athletes
Team Awards
Dome Closes to All


Wrestling: Olympic/Port Angeles showdown Thursday

The Olympic League 2A Division wrestling title likely gets decided on Thursday when Port Angeles hosts Olympic at 7 p.m. Both teams are undefeated heading into Tuesday’s matches. Last season, Olympic ran the table, handing PA its only defeat while winning the league title.

Over the weekend, PA took fifth and Olympic 10th at the Gut Check tournament at Evergreen State College.