Five things to watch in wrestling this season
An MTV documentary on last year's Lake Stevens team is among five things to watch in wrestling this season.
Seattle Times staff reporter
1. Lake Stevens, Tahoma take aim at Mead, the 4A favorite.
Lake Stevens is the defending Class 4A state champion and has won four of the past five team titles.
But the Vikings aren't favored to add another one this season as Mead of Spokane comes in as the clear favorite.
"Mead is absolutely loaded," Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said, adding the Panthers, who placed third last season, have the potential to put five wrestlers in the finals.
Lake Stevens is young, with two freshmen in the lineup. The Vikings lost a defending champion in Steven Walkley, who is not wrestling this season. Barnes believes the Vikings could still finish in the top four.
"We should be somewhere in the hunt for a trophy," he said. "That's our goal."
Tahoma was young last season and comes in ranked No. 2. The Bears are led by senior Steven Hopkins, who won the 103-pound crown as a sophomore and was fourth at 119 last season. He comes in ranked No. 1 at 120.
2. Catch the Lake Stevens documentary on MTV Jan. 4.
"The Berserkers," a documentary filmed last season with the Lake Stevens wrestling team, will be broadcast Jan. 4 on MTV at 7 p.m. Pacific time, Barnes said.
He said about 400 people recently attended the local screening of the 90-minute film, which was the brainchild of Barnes and former Lake Stevens wrestler Chris Pratt, now a movie and television personality.
"It's a good documentary," said Barnes, who dubbed his wrestlers "Berserkers" early in his coaching career as ultimate Viking warriors. "It's honest and gives a good depiction of what it's like to be a high-school wrestler and the year we had."
The version aired on MTV will be boiled down to an hour, including commercials. Barnes said it is hoped the documentary will be shown at some film festivals and ultimately be released on DVD.
3. Enumclaw guns for fourth title in five years.
After a disappointing second-place finish to Yelm in 2009-10, Enumclaw stormed back to win the 3A state championship last season.
It was the Hornets' third title in four years and they're gunning for another. They started the season ranked No. 1, but now are second behind Yelm.
"I look across the board and I think we're going to be right in there," said Enumclaw coach Lee Reichert. "Yelm is going to be in it and you have to look at Kelso and Bonney Lake."
Lucas Somera, who took the 135-pound state crown for the Hornets as a sophomore last year, is ranked No. 1 at 145. Enumclaw has two wrestlers ranked second — Tyke Reid at 120 and Travis Reano at 125.
4. Will Sedro-Woolley win another girls crown?
Sedro-Woolley won its third consecutive girls title with ease last February, piling up 139 points to 90 for second-place Kelso.
The Cubs don't come into this season as a clear favorite to make it four in a row, however. While they are No. 1 in the state rankings, No. 2 Warden has the same number of points (61). The top Seattle-area teams are expected to be No. 4 Federal Way and No. 5 Auburn.
5. Check out the new weight classifications.
New boys and girls weight classifications are in effect this season.
Boys weights are 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.
Girls weights are 100, 106, 112, 118, 124, 130, 137, 145, 155, 170, 195 and 265. The upper class drops from 275 to 265 on Jan. 1 and next season will have a 235-pound cap.
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