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Auburn dominates at home, wins SPSL 3A wrestling subregionals

Auburn’s wrestling team put on a dominant display in the Trojans’ final competition in their current gymnasium, winning the SPSL 3A subregional meet on Saturday with four individuals claiming titles.


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AUBURN — The final chapter of wrestling in an historic gymnasium closed in style for the home team.

Auburn’s wrestling team put on a dominant display in the Trojans’ final competition in their current gymnasium, winning the SPSL 3A subregional meet on Saturday with four individuals claiming titles.

The Trojans finished with 289 points. Enumclaw, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, came in second with 229.5 points and Bonney Lake third with 221.

Auburn’s new gymnasium, which is under construction nearby, should be completed this summer. The school originally opened in 1903. Meanwhile, the Trojans, ranked No. 2 in 3A, were a wrecking crew on the mats. It had Auburn coach Dennis Herren nostalgic.

“This is a classic gym, but I’m sure the new gym will be great,” Herren said. “It was special to get to celebrate a victory here, especially where we had a few years when we fought hard and weren’t quite able to bring home a championship. “I think the last time we won the tournament was in 2010.”

The Trojans had individual champs in junior Drew Aplin (120), freshman Cole Washburn (160) and seniors Mario Luevano (220) and Jacob Apodaca (285). Auburn’s champions all put forth grind-it-out decisions.

Auburn was led by Aplin’s 6-4 decision over Enumclaw freshman Quinton Southcott, ranked No. 1 in 3A at 120. Apodaca, now 30-4, won a close call as well with a 5-2 triumph over Bonney Lake’s David Smith in the 285 final.

“I hadn’t wrestled him before but my (Auburn) friend Balteer (Rana) faced him and beat him twice and lost to him once, and I watched those matches,” said Aplin, now 28-7 this season. “ I knew he was ranked No. 1 and had beat Alec Hoover of Mount Spokane and (Hoover) beat me at Tri-State, so I knew he was going to be tough.”

Washburn (28-7) scored a 13-6 win over Auburn Mountainview’s David Boone in the 160 final.

“What’s fun about Cole Washburn is that he invents moves,” said Herren, who was named SPSL 3A Coach of the Year at the tourney.

“He can do things nobody else can do.”

The tournament featured 49 wrestlers ranked by the Washington Wrestling Report and seven of the top 12 teams in the state in 3A. The top four individuals from each weight class advanced to the Region III tournament on Feb. 14 at Bonney Lake High School.

Notes

• Senior Hunter Haney, ranked No. 1 at 126, captured the 126-pound title with a 2-0 decision over Auburn Mountainview’s Braham Trujillo in the final.

• Peninsula senior Luke Holsinger scored in the final minute of the third round to score a 4-2 victory over Enumclaw freshman Kione Gill in the 182-pound final.

• Lakes seniors Andrew Ramirez, top-ranked at 132 pounds, and Tino Nieves, No.1 at 138, both won titles. Ramirez beat Mountainview’s Dylan Foley 7-2 and Nieves pinned Mountainview’s Joey Santos in 5:41.



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