Enumclaw wins wrestling showdown against Tahoma, 32-28
Wyley Stewart won't soon forget this moment in his Enumclaw High School wrestling career. Biggest match of the year. Biggest stage. Pivotal moment. Controversial finish...
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ENUMCLAW — Wyley Stewart won't soon forget this moment in his Enumclaw High School wrestling career.
Biggest match of the year. Biggest stage. Pivotal moment. Controversial finish.
Stewart, a senior who agreed move up to 220 pounds, came through with a 7-5 win over Cooper Thomas to give Enumclaw a dramatic 32-28 victory over Tahoma in the 11th "Battle of the Bone" on Saturday night at Enumclaw High School.
The match at 220 came down to the final buzzer as Stewart held off a late flurry from Thomas. Officials initially ruled that Thomas scored a tying takedown before time expired, then huddled, and reversed the decision. That clinched the match and gave the Hornets an insurmountable 32-22 lead. "I mean that's all for the team," said Stewart, a senior. "The Battle of the Bone is one of the biggest rivalries in Washington state with two returning state-champion teams battling each other with such great programs.
"It is just crazy."
It proved a fitting finish on Senior Night for the Hornets, who have 50 consecutive league victories. Emotion was high after longtime Enumclaw coach Lee Reichert emotionally addressed and introduced his seniors.
"He's probably the most respectable man, second to my father, and probably the most influential man I've ever met," Stewart said. The drama dripped until the second-to-last match, which featured the defending 4A state champion Bears and two-time defending 3A state champion Enumclaw.
Tahoma is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A and No. 3 in the all-classification rankings by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net, and the Hornets are ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and No. 18 in the all-class rankings.
In what most considered the showdown of the night between state placers, Tahoma's Cruz Velasquez dropped down to 126 to score a 5-3 decision over Enumclaw's Tyke Reid.