Mercer Island High School's wrestling team placed fourth in the the 2013 "Regional 3 Wrestling Championships," Feb. 9 at Kelso High School. Mike Walker provided the following information:
The 2013 "Regional 3 Wrestling Championships" were held on February 9th at Kelso High School. The event drew teams from 15 high schools. Mercer Island High School's team placed 4th in the championship with 130.5 points. The top three schools were Mountain View (196 points), Kelso (176points) and Prairie (131.5 points).
The MIHS wrestling team will have 5 wrestlers moving on to the state championship. Results included 2 first place finishes, 2 second place finishes, 1 forth place finish and 1 fifth place finish. Wrestlers finishing in the top four spots of each division will wrestle in the State Championships to be held in the Tacoma Dome on February 15th and16th. Wrestlers placing for the MIHS's team were:
1st place 106 division: Taylan Yuasa (sophmore),
2nd place 120 division: Luke Wilson (sophmore),
2nd place 126 division: Jake Pruchno (junior),
4th place 145 division: Connor Gullstad (senior),
6th place 160 division: Chris Richards (junior),
1st place 172 division: Nick Chandler (senior),
5th place 195 division: Evan Condon (sophmore),
6th place 220 division: Andy Picton (senior),
6th place 285 division: Ben O'Connell (senior).
Also contributing to MIHS's success in the tournament were Trevor Gullstad (who placed sixth in the 126 division), Kenji Walker (132 division), Luca Caruccio (138 division) and Jack Vassau (152 division).
The attached photo (taken by Wayne Gullstad) of the MIHS wrestling team finallists was taken at the championships. Wrestlers were (left to right) Connor Gullstad, Jake Pruchno, Luke Wilson and Taylan Yuasa (Nick Chandler was missing from the photo).