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Whatcom sends 96 wrestlers to regionals

Mount Baker leads locals with 6 sub-regional titles

Squalicum’s Bella Phillips arm-bars her opponent before pinning her Saturday, Feb. 3 during the girls 1B/2B/1A/2A North Sub-Regional tournament at Squalicum High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Whatcom County schools are sending 96 wrestlers to regional tournaments, not including alternates, following sub-regional events at various locations Feb. 2–3.

Of those qualifiers, 23 won sub-regional titles in their respective weight classes, led by Mount Baker’s county-high six first-place finishers — five on the boys side and one on the girls.

The Mountaineers qualified 17 total wrestlers to regionals, but Blaine led the county with 18 total wrestlers advancing past the postseason’s first stage.

Meridian advanced the third-most athletes with 16, including three first-place finishers, while Bellingham qualified 12 and had one first-place finisher.

Mount Baker’s Daniel Washburn tries to get his opponent in an arm bar Jan. 21, 2023, at the Lynden Invitational wrestling tournament. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Mount Baker boys finished second as a team in the Northwest 1A District 1 sub-regional tournament, held at Granite Falls High School. The Mountaineers got top finishes from Isaac DeKriek (106 pounds), Andrew Montieth (126), Gavin Compton (138), Daniel Washburn (157) and Wyatt Freeman (165).

Ana Camacho won Mount Baker’s lone girls title in the 105-pound weight class at the Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A North Sub-Regional at Squalicum High School, which included all of Whatcom County’s nine teams outside of Ferndale. Four other Mountaineers finished second, and Mount Baker also won the 23-team girls tournament.

Blaine’s boys team secured all four of the school’s sub-regional titles, with first-place finishes from Cole Voigt (113 pounds), Daniel Johner (132), Cal Fitzgerald (144) and Victor Gervol (285). Three Borderites girls wrestlers also finished second.

The Borderites boys team finished first out of eight teams at the Northwest 1A District 1 tournament.

Meridian’s Regan Swope squeezes her opponent for the pin Saturday, Feb. 3 during the Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A North Sub-Regional tournament at Squalicum High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Meridian qualified 11 boys and five girls, led by titles on the boys side from Joshtyn Elmer at 150 pounds and Rhett Dursch at 215 pounds. The Trojans’ Regan Swope picked up a first-place finish at the girls tournament, winning the 170-pound weight class.

Bellingham’s lone first-place finisher was Pavel Shintar, who captured the 150-pound title at the boys 2A District 1 Sub-Regional at Sedro-Woolley High School. The Bayhawks boys team had three others place top three in their weight classes, while Cheyenne Laub was the girls team’s only qualifier (third at 115 pounds).

Squalicum only qualified eight wrestlers — split evenly between boys and girls — but the Storm had four first-place finishers. Bella Phillips, who is 29-0 on the season, won the 190-pound girls title, and teammates Brooke Legoe (135 pounds) and Sadie Wilson (140) also earned top placements.

Squalicum’s Lucas Hansen gets Lynden's Julius Colborn in a two-legged takedown.
Squalicum’s Lucas Hansen gets Lynden’s Julius Colborn in a two-legged takedown Dec. 16, 2023, during the Graham Morin Memorial Wrestling tournament at Squalicum High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Lucas Hansen won the Storm’s lone boys title at 157 pounds, while two others finished third.

Ferndale is sending nine wrestlers to regionals, getting titles from Gabe Rios-Gordillo (106 pounds), Alex Depass (138) and Wyatt Straight (285).

The Golden Eagles girls team did not have any first-place finishes at the WIAA Girls 3A/4A 1.1 Sub-Regional, but they qualified three for regionals that all finished top three in their weight classes.

Lynden qualified six wrestlers while Nooksack Valley had five, and both had one sub-regional champion. Belen Lopez, who is 25-0 this season, won the 155-pound weight class for Lynden at the girls meet, and Wyatt Bacon finished first at 190 pounds for the NV boys team.

Gallery: Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A North Sub-Regional wrestling tournament

Despite not having any top finishers, Sehome is sending five boys wrestlers to regionals. Levi Reilly (144 pounds) and Caleb Davis (157) each finished second in their weight classes.

Local athletes will attend five different regional tournaments, all on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Mount Baker, Blaine, Meridian and Nooksack Valley’s boys teams will be at the WIAA 1A Region 1 tournament at Vashon Island High School. Squalicum, Sehome, Lynden and Bellingham’s boys teams will attend the WIAA 2A Region 1 tournament at Highline High School.

Ferndale, the county’s lone Class 3A school, will send its boys team to the WIAA 3A Region 1 tournament at Oak Harbor High School.

All the local girls teams, except for Ferndale, will attend the WIAA Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A Region 1 tournament at White River High School. Ferndale will be at the WIAA 3A/4A Region 1 tournament at Monroe High School.

A full list of qualifiers from sub-regional tournaments is below, listed by tournament and weight class.

Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A North Sub-Regional


2nd Place – Makenna Lausier, Blaine


1st Place – Ana Camacho, Mount Baker


2nd Place – Karalynn Cook, Mount Baker

3rd Place – Cheyenne Laub, Bellingham

4th Place – Sukhpreet Kaur, Meridian


2nd Place – Claire Hume, Blaine

4th Place – Sophia Moreno, Squalicum


2nd Place – Yaretzi Nava Gonzalez, Lynden

3rd Place – Sadie Schenck, Mount Baker

4th Place – Hailey Horsman, Meridian


4th Place – Lauren Valum, Mount Baker


1st Place – Brooke Legoe, Squalicum

2nd Place – Sophia Moa, Mount Baker

4th Place – Cheyenne Rose-Jimenez, Blaine


1st Place – Sadie Wilson, Squalicum

2nd Place – Tyla Olson, Mount Baker

3rd Place – Sarena Mander, Meridian


2nd Place – Lucyanna Dahl, Blaine

4th Place – Abigail A Marquez, Blaine


1st Place – Belen Lopez, Lynden

2nd Place – Stefany Camacho, Mount Baker


1st Place – Regan Swope, Meridian

4th Place – Kennedy Farrar, Meridian


1st Place – Isabella Phillips, Squalicum

3rd Place – Olivia Scott, Lynden


4th Place – Mina Azzam, Nooksack Valley

WIAA Girls 3A/4A 1.1 Sub-Regional


3rd Place – Cecilia Carlson, Ferndale


2nd Place – Eliana Guillory, Ferndale


3rd Place – Luz Alcala, Ferndale

Northwest 1A District 1


1st Place – Isaac DeKriek, Mount Baker

2nd Place – Christopher Zamudio, Blaine

3rd Place – Treyson Lewis-Kelley, Meridian


1st Place – Cole Voigt, Blaine


2nd Place – Aidyn Hancock, Blaine

3rd Place – Jaymasen Ladd Alexander, Meridian

4th Place – Denali Deming, Blaine


1st Place – Andrew Montieth, Mount Baker

2nd Place – Vinnie Saia, Blaine

4th Place – Marcus Montgomery, Meridian

5th Place – Wyatt Leuenberger, Meridian


1st Place – Daniel Johner, Blaine

3rd Place – Shaun Dugger, Mount Baker

4th Place – Jaiden Constance, Blaine


1st Place – Gavin Compton, Mount Baker

2nd Place – Carson Siadal, Meridian

4th Place – Liam Wolven, Meridian

5th Place – Abraham Hernandez, Nooksack Valley


1st Place – Cal Fitzgerald, Blaine

4th Place – Dane Beishline, Meridian


1st Place – Joshtyn Elmer, Meridian

3rd Place – Julio Nolasco Martin, Nooksack Valley

5th Place – Hugo Vekved, Blaine


1st Place – Daniel Washburn, Mount Baker

5th Place – Owyn Cunningham, Nooksack Valley


1st Place – Wyatt Freeman, Mount Baker


3rd Place – Vance Lawrence, Mount Baker

5th Place – Gunner McGrath, Mount Baker

4th Place – Max Wiederspohn, Blaine


1st Place – Wyatt Bacon, Nooksack Valley

2nd Place – Blake Goltz, Blaine

3rd Place – Dylan Moa, Mount Baker

4th Place – Landen Downey, Meridian


1st Place – Rhett Duersch, Meridian

2nd Place – Alder Giarde, Mount Baker

5th Place – Jaxon Hurlbut, Meridian


1st Place – Victor Gervol, Blaine

2nd Place – Otto Shelton, Blaine

2A District 1 Sub-Regional Tournament


2nd place – Dylan Roath, Bellingham

4th place – Jacob McCarty, Bellingham


5th place – Eliseo Ortiz Lopez, Lynden


2nd place – Christian Velasquez, Lynden

3rd place – Aidan Borchert, Bellingham


5th place – Conor Rodriguez-Stiff, Bellingham


2nd place – Levi Reilly, Sehome

3rd place – Griffin Smith, Squalicum

4th place – Nathan Laas, Bellingham

5th place – Colin Mcgiverin, Sehome


1st place – Pavel Shintar, Bellingham

3rd place – Grant Oliver, Sehome

5th place – Simeon Blas, Squalicum


1st place – Lucas Hansen, Squalicum

2nd place – Caleb Davis, Sehome

3rd place – Clarence Valladares, Lynden

4th place – Alexander Scott, Bellingham


3rd place – Aiden Holmes, Sehome


5th place – Kaarlo Laukkanen, Bellingham


2nd place – Sonny Powell, Bellingham

5th place – Julian Montoya, Bellingham


3rd place – Issac Lowry, Squalicum

5th place – Finnegan Jensen, Bellingham

WESCO North 3A Wrestling Tournament


1st Place – Gabe Rios-Gordillo, Ferndale


2nd Place – Mason Filippinni, Ferndale


1st Place – Alex Depass, Ferndale


4th Place – Jacob Gandy, Ferndale


5th Place – Kaden Eldridge, Ferndale

285 1st Place – Wyatt Strait, Ferndale

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.

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