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North Mason’s Pedro Joaquin keeps Cristian Molina from East Valley (Yakima) grounded during a match at the state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome this past weekend.

Five Bulldogs finish in top eight at state By DEAN SIEMON Out of the 10 wrestlers that North Mason sent to the state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome this last weekend, five were able to advance to the medal rounds, finishing in the top eight in their respective weight classes. The Bulldogs took 15th as a team with 47 points. They also placed as high as third during the first day of competition. “They had to make our name for the leaderboard on the spot,” said North Mason head coach Tony Coppinger. North Mason was 33rd as a team at last year’s 2A state tournament with only two points. Coppinger said that this season’s trip to state was a great tournament overall for the Bulldogs. “We took a huge step from last year,” Coppinger said. But, in the second day of matches, the Bulldogs found wins hard to gain as the best of the best returned to the Dome. “We would have liked to have had some kids place higher, but we are really thrilled with five kids in the medal round,” Coppinger said. Sophomore Zac Joaquin had the best finish at the 112-pound class, taking fifth after a pinfall victory over Squalicum’s Ren Bishop in the first minute. Joaquin had a chance for a spot in the finals, but lost to

W.F. West’s Jesse O’Camb by first-period pinfall in the semifinals. O’Camb moved on to win the state title. “He was caught,” Coppinger said. “Sometimes, it could go either way.” While Zac Joaquin was happy to compete at the state tournament with his older brother Pedro, he is looking to improve next year and come back stronger. “Next year, I’m expecting to get third or win the whole thing,” Zac Joaquin said. At the 119-pound division, junior Pedro Joaquin took a sixth-place finish in what Coppinger called one of the toughest divisions in the 2A level. After falling in the semifinals to Deer Park’s Blake Adams in a late pinfall, he lost 8-1 to Cheney’s Duncan Rhoades to end 2-2 on the weekend. “He is not happy, but we like that,” Coppinger said. “He is going to come back and it is going to drive him.” “Next year I know what is needed for me to work on,” Pedro Joaquin said. “I think I can make it happen.” Senior Robert Vandling was one of the other three individual regional champions for the Bulldogs, but lost in the semifinals to Clarkston’s Nick King, who later became state champion. He lost his final two matches to Medical Lake’s A.J. Guidry and Mount Baker’s Alec Postlewait to finish sixth.

“When you get here, everybody is tough and you just never know what can happen,” Coppinger said. “He got a medal and most kids in the state do not get anything.” Vandling was happy to place, but said it was not what he wanted. With the

tough losses, the senior Bulldog was happy with the weekend tournament. “This is still the best experience I have had,” Vandling said. Other Bulldogs that placed included sophomore Rene Gaspar’s sixth-place finish at 119 pounds and ju-

nior Sam Newman’s eighthplace finish at 140 pounds. Out of the five Bulldogs that placed, four will return. While the team will look to improve, expectations will be raised for Newman, Gaspar and the Joaquins. “Every team’s expectations are different,” Cop-

pinger said. “But for those individuals, the expectations will be higher.” Patricia Costello (125), Brian McCarty (130), Craig Guse (160), Ryan Kuhn (189) and Jake Foley (285) also competed, but did not advance to the second day of competition.

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North Mason's Robert Vandling holds onto Ellensburg's Justin Dellinger in a first-round match at the WIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Upset

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North Mason's Abbey Marshall drives down the court during the Bulldogs game at Klahowya on Friday night. Page 8 - Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal -Thursday, February 25, 2010

“Instead of doing a thousand things, we were doing two things,” Harris said. “We got some steals and layins.” After leading 20-11 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs started to struggle in the second quarter. The Eagles outscored North Mason 25-7, including a 10-0 run to start the quarter. “Basketball is a game of runs,” Harris said. “At halftime, we talked about how we were not running our offense correctly.” Changes were made and the Bulldogs scored 18 points in the third quarter and 20 in the final fourth of the game. The team combined for a 35.9 percent field goal percentage, which included 3-12 from behind the

three-point line. “[Klahowya’s] starters started getting a little tired and we were able to sharpen up,” Harris said. The Bulldogs will now host Interlake in an opening district tournament game on Saturday at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Klahowya North Mason 20 7 18 20 - 65 Klahowya 11 25 7 11 - 54 Field goals - North Mason 2364, Klahowya 15-66; 3-point field goals - North Mason 3-12, Klahowya 1-13; Free throws - North Mason 16-30, Klahowya 12-20; Rebounds - North Mason 44, Klahowya 42; Turnovers - North Mason 33, Klahowya 35; Fouls North Mason 17, Klahowya 22 Individual scoring: North Mason - S. Ingwaldson 16, Anderson 15, Stromberg 12, Willey 6, C. Ingwaldson 5, Martin 4, Hicks 2, Heiter 2, Zamudio 2 Klahowya - McElwee 22, Dixon 15, Drake 14, Durbin 3


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