PHS' Voss named Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the year

Staff writerJuly 2, 2014 

Puyallup Vikings 2014 graduate Matt Voss was named the Tacoma Athletic Commission athlete of the year on June 16 at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma.


One of the best wrestlers in Puyallup High School history picked up another award for his excellence on and off the mat.

Voss, who will wrestle at George Mason University this fall while majoring in bioengineering, captured the Tacoma-Pierce County High School student athlete of the year honors in the Tacoma Athletic Commission/Columbia Bank “Salute to Sports” night June 16 at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma. Voss won Class 4A state wrestling titles in the 220-pound weight class in 2013 and 2014. He also went through his junior and senior seasons undefeated, compiling an overall record of 80-0 during that timespan. Voss said he didn’t expect his name to be called during the ceremony.

“I was really surprised,” Voss said. “There were a lot of great athletes there in a lot of different sports. The bios of each person nominated were impressive. To have myself be recognized was exciting because it included all of the other sports, too, which was very humbling.”

Voss was also honored to partake in the Puyallup High School “Parade of Champions” celebration June 7 for the Vikings state championship baseball, fastpitch and golf teams. Voss won two state titles on the mat and was atop the first fire truck during the parade route through the streets of downtown Puyallup. “It is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “A lot of my friends compared (my experience) to Marshawn Lynch during the Seahawks parade because I was the first person everyone saw. When I got on the fire truck, I didn’t know it would be the first one out on the parade. It was pretty crazy going down the middle of the street and seeing so many people cheering.”

The two-time state champion is looking forward to the next stage of his life.

“It is definitely a different feeling leaving everything behind and just starting over,” Voss said. “It is a little nerveracking, but at the same time I’m really excited,” he said.

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