Rainier wrestling came out on top in two different matches at Chief Sealth High School’s double dual Dec. 13.

Against Chief Sealth, the score was 49-24 in Rainier’s favor. Then the Mountaineers went on to crush Ingraham 48-29.

“I really like the dual meet atmosphere and in our league we don’t have dual meets because most schools have too many empty weight classes — so for us it is an opportunity to get to experience that,” Rainier Coach Chris Holterman said.

It was good experience going up against two teams in a single night, Holterman said, adding that using the strategy of moving kids around weight classes instead of giving up a forfeit or to get a better matchup is all part of the fun.

In the contest against Chief Sealth, Brody Klein (160 pounds) won by tech fall 16-0 over Lucas Lopez; Alex Moe (170) pinned Michael Manning with a time of 1:34; Julian Hambly (189) pinned Ethan Heathershaw 1:44; Drew Critchett (220) pinned Bill Nguyen 1:18; Jayson Ducey (106) won by forfeit; Corvan Lasher (120) pinned Owen Murray :55; Tyler Barlass (126) won by decision over Mason Vaughn-Thomas 10-1; Joe Gerrish (132) won by decision over Isaiah Irunga 10-2; and Ted Lester (152) pinned Aseel Ahmed 3:37.

Chief Sealth won four bouts — three by forfeit and one by pin. 

In the match against Ingraham, Alex Moe (170) pinned Tyee McCormick 1:22;  Julian Hambly (189) pinned Alajandro Shklovskly 3:39; Drew Critchett (220) pinned Kieran Smith 1:50; Corvan Lasher (120) pinned Keenen Johnson :41; Tyler Barlass (126) won by forfeit; Joe Garrish (132) won by forfeit; Ted Lester (152) pinned Addi Williams 3:07; and Brody Klein (160) pinned Connor Jones 1:12.

Ingraham won five bouts —three of them by forfeit, one by pin and one by decision. 

The next match is today — a team dual tournament in Rainier, featuring Tenino, Yelm, Lakes, Kelso, Kalama, Friday Harbor and Tyee. Weigh-in is at 8:30 a.m.

Holterman said that all of his students are standing out in one way or another, but that three are really shining on the mat.

“Tyler Barlass is doing well, hasn’t lost a match, working hard and has some good goals he is trying to achieve,” Holterman said.  “Likewise Brody Klein is in the same spot.  Alex Moe is also doing very well and has only lost to Brody this season which is great for practice.”

This is not to say that the team doesn’t have things to work on. Namely, being able to show up.

“On the 13th we were missing some kids for various reasons, vacation, grades and behavior, which makes it tough on the rest of the kids to pick up the slack for those missing,” Holterman said.  “If we can ever get our whole line up out on the mat at the same time, it will be fun to see what they can do.”

As a whole, though, the team is very supportive of each other, Holterman said. 

“No matter what happens on the mat, the team is there to congratulate them or to put an arm around them and encourage them for the next match.” Holterman said. “It is really hard to explain how much they care for each other and it makes them all better.”

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