Puyallup’s Tucker Hanson trailed Emerald Ridge’s Cesar Quintanilla 8-1 in the second round Wednesday night, but Hanson registered an improbable victory with a pin late in the third round at 160 pounds.
It was the first match of the night, and the Vikings never lost momentum as they cruised to a 52-18 dual-meet win against at Emerald Ridge High School on South Hill.
“Tucker Hanson set the tone,” Puyallup head coach Aaron Lee said. “Tucker has 22 wins this year, and 19 of them are by pins. “He’s come back four or five times this year where he has been down but won the match with the pin. Tucker lives and dies by the pin.”
Puyallup 220-pounder Matt Voss, who pinned Emerald Ridge’s Blake Magee in 43 seconds, said he’s happy with his team’s third-place finish in the South Puget Sound League’s South Division. The Vikings finished the regular season 6-2.
“At the beginning of the season, we were predicted to finish in fifth place, and it looks like we are going to end up in third place now,” Voss said. “That’s fantastic. I think it’s great how we just kept improving as team throughout the season.”
Puyallup wrestlers who earned pins were Ryan Colkitt (132), Joey Meyer (195), Trent Nivala (285), Voss (220) and Hanson (160). The Vikings’ Nick Voss (120) won by decision, and Hunter Godwin (106), Kevin Herbstritt (113) and Tristan Cleek (152) won by forfeit.
Lee said he was glad to see his team get back in the win column after Bethel dominated them in their home finale on Jan. 22.
“I’m excited that we were able to come out and get the win,” Lee said. “We came into this match very confident in what we were going to do, and the kids executed what we have been practicing. That was good to see.
“Against Bethel, it looked like we were too timid to try some of those things,” he said. “I’m glad we had the focus and confidence level tonight.”
Emerald Ridge wrestlers who won by decision were Talon Lepley (126), Nolan McBride (138), Hunter Theofelis (182) and Ethan Stutz (145). Mike McGinty (170) won by forfeit.