Vikings trio dominate on the mat

of the HeraldJanuary 22, 2014 

In the mid-1990s, the Dallas Cowboys had a trio of high-profile players dubbed “The Triplets.” Quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and receiver Michael Irvin were three of the best players of their generation at their respective positions.

The Puyallup High School wrestling team has their version this year with seniors Matt Voss (220-pound weight division), Trent Nivala (285) and Joey Meyer (195).

Voss won the Class 4A state title last season, while Nivala placed fourth at 285 and Meyer nabbed fourth at 195.

I wouldn’t be surprised if all three are crowned next month at the Mat Classic state tournament. The wrestlers who finished ahead of Meyer and Nivala last year have graduated, and that should make the Vikings favorites to climb the ladder this year.

Voss has been one of the most dominant wrestlers in the history of the Puyallup program. He’s already amassed 100 career victories during his three-year career, a school record. There’s still a lot of season left, and Voss likely will win so many that the record may never be broken.

Puyallup second-year head coach Aaron Lee said having a trio with that kind of talent is unprecedented at the high school level.

“I have been spoiled to have three returning state wrestlers in the room,” Lee said in early November. “We have already established a new norm for expectations at practice. The intensity in the room has been exceptional, and it’s definitely giving us an advantage that we as a team are capitalizing on. Winning is contagious.”

The big three have won a lot and will continue to have a lot of success as this season progresses.

The Mat Classic, which is probably my favorite high school event, is a little less than a month away. I wouldn’t be surprised if Voss, Nivala and Meyer come home with gold medals draped around their necks.

They certainly have what it takes to make that a reality.

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.

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