Tacoma, WA - The Moses Lake Chiefs pushed 7 of their 9 wrestlers into the quarterfinals of the 2016 Mat Classic State Wrestling tournament Friday morning. After the first round of competition, Moses Lake currently sits tied for fourth place with 18 points. The Yelm Tornadoes lead the tournament with 23.5 points, taking full advantage of their 4A tournament leading 13 state qualifiers. Union High sits in second place with 21.5, and Lake Stevens holds the third position with 21.
Still in contention for individual titles for the Chiefs are Nick Hara (120), Cooper McCullough (132), Hunter Cruz (138), Hudson Mauseth (170), Dylan Morris (182), Peyton Castro (220), and Chandler Fluiatt (285).
Hara led the way for the Chiefs, securing a first-period pin to ease into the quarterfinals. Cruz's 12-2 major decision in his opening match, along with McCullough's 14-6 major decision win to start the tournament also gave the Chiefs bonus points in the team competition. Both Cruz and McCullough were close to picking up victories by pin, but couldn't quite lock down their opponents for the fall.
Castro twice just missed securing a fall in his match, but ended up with a solid 8-1 victory in his state tournament debut.
Fluiatt, at one point trailing 3-2, opened his match up in the second round and went on to earn a 10-5 victory. Morris and Mauseth both wrestled controlled matches, winning 6-1 and 3-1 respectively.
Dampening an otherwise strong round for Moses Lake, Jesus Cornejo (106) and Joel Torres (160) each lost matches in overtime to drop into the consolation rounds.
Wrestling continues today at 3:30 and stretches late into the evening. Saturday, semifinals and consolation matches begin at 10:00 am.