High school wrestling: Close to 100 athletes ready to represent Clark County at Mat Classic

The Tacoma Dome is the place to be once again for state wrestling championships


High school wrestlers are ready for their final showcase of the season.

Mick Hoffman, the executive director of the WIAA, told the governor’s office he fears up to 30 percent of sports officials will stop officiating games if they are not exempt from the mandate that all adults working with students be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18

It’s just about time for the return of Mat Classic.

In all, 95 high school wrestlers from Clark County teams have made it to the state championships, to be held at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday. That would be 75 boys from Class 4A to 1A and 20 girls.

CJ Hamblin of Mountain View is the biggest name of the bunch. Hamblin won state titles as a freshman and sophomore when he was at Seton Catholic. There was no state championship last year, but he would have been the favorite for his third title.

CJ Hamblin, now wrestling for Mountain View, is looking for his third state title this week at Mat Classic. Photo courtesy Mountain View High School

Now, he is going for his third championship but first with his new team. Hamblin moved to Mountain View for this school year. He also played football for the Thunder.

Hamblin is the only Clark County wrestler to be ranked No. 1 by the Washington Wrestling Report. Hamblin is No. 1 in Class 3A boys at 170 pounds. 

Here are some notes on all the classifications, as well as a list of every Clark County wrestler in the state brackets.

Six Class 4A boys won regional championships last week. In all, 18 wrestlers qualified for 4A state, including six from Skyview and six from Union. Washington Wrestling Report has Noah Koyama of Union ranked second at 113 pounds.

Prairie led the charge with the most qualifiers in the county. There are 11 Falcons going to the Class 3A tournament. Mason Frei (152) and Alex Ford (160) won regional championships. Mountain View qualified 10 to Mat Classic, including regional champions Jeffery Chilson (138), Nathan Wadleigh (145), and Hamblin. 

In Class 2A, eight Washougal Panthers and six Columbia River Rapids are going to state. A total of 23 from the Clark County teams in the 2A GSHL are heading to Tacoma. Henry Jones of Washougal (220 pounds) is ranked third by the Washington Wrestling Report.

La Center has seven of the nine Clark County boys in the Class 1A brackets. 

Girls wrestling, which is growing but not near the number of boys, has one classification for the state. Clark County has 20 qualifiers, led by Kennedy Wilcox of Prairie. She is one of six Clark County girls who won regional titles last week. Wilcox is ranked second in the state at 125 pounds. Prairie also has the most qualifiers, with four.

Here is a list of all qualifiers. Names in bold won regional titles last week.

Boys

Class 4A

Battle Ground: Gunnar Henderson (145); Owen Wann (195)

Camas: Devin Padilla (138); Andrew Webber (152); Elliot Scott (195), Ameer Shaheen (285)

Skyview: Kyler Nelson (120); William Gomez (132); Owen Pritchard (132); Jon Schoenlien (160); Noah Cardens (170); Lorenzo Gunn (182)

Union: Noah Koyama (113); Dylan Dalgord (120); Spencer Needham (126); Jordin Jimenez (126); Armando Nicacio (138); Elijah Cassidy (145)

Class 3A

Evergreen: Felix Estrada (145)

Heritage: Quincy Lopez (152); Austin Steinbach (220); Tate Steinbach (220)

Mountain View: Andy Santos (113); Kingston McPherson (132); Jeffrey Chilson (138); Nathan Wadleigh (145); CJ Hamblin (170); Jurell McDade (182); Ayden Denbo (195); Austin Taylor (220); Jose Garcia (220); Quincy Preston (285)

Prairie: Alex Ovando (106); James Stager (106); Evan Sturdivant (113); Lucas Lyle (120); Nicholas Crousore (126); Mason Frei (152); Alex Ford (160); Josh Blick (170); Caleb Blick (182); Seth Blick (195); Myles Greener (285)

Class 2A

Columbia River: Tennyson Kurtz (138); Adam Deeney (145); Caden Porter (152); Gage Newman (160); Christian Barragan (182); Deigo Carrion (285)

Hockinson: Jake McKee (126); Ethan Hsu (132); Austin Wislon (160); Cody Wheeler (195).

Ridgefield: Tucker Alexander (126); Drevon Cooper (138); Cota Stover (182)

Washougal: Brody Davis (106); Caleb Davis (113); Lucas Golphenee (120); Grady Lieziert (132); Ryan Langston (138); Blake Mattern (145); William Cooper (170); Henry Jones (220)

Woodland: Mason Rickard (126); Logan Busi (195).

Class 1A

King’s Way Christian: Jasper Armstrong (182)

La Center: Aidan Watson (113); Thurston Lewis (113); Malachi Wallway (120); Michael Richey (152); Austin Mattson (160); Wyatt Eiesland (182); Lane Roberts (220)

Seton Catholic: Amann Au (126)

Girls

Battle Ground: Sonia Landas (155)

Camas: Ava Weatherl (115); Reagan Fallon-Small (125); Madelyn Mazemke (140)

Hudson’s Bay: Maritza Sanchez (105)

La Center: Leah Wallway (100) 

Mountain View: Elizabeth Messman (135); Cecilia Jones Fernandes De Souza (235)

Prairie: Kennedy Wilcox (125); Yana Paskar (145); Regan Schlaefli (235); Faith Tarrant (235)

Ridgefield: Uruwa Abe (110); Tyla Engrstrom (115)

Skyview: Jaelyn Sayler (235)

Union: Niah Cassidy (120), Janessa O’Connell (125); Grace Strong (145)

Washougal: Lillian Mucha (135); Lacey Klopman (170)

Note: For ticket information, pandemic protocols, and more on the 2022 Mat Classic, go to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association wrestling page: https://www.wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=319

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