Gavino Rodriguez’s exciting first place finish at the Berserker Tournament led the Blaine boys wrestling team to a fifth place finish at that tournament, held on February 1 at Curtis High School in University Place.
Gavino went undefeated through the first three matches in the tournament. In the finals match, he wrestled Jaedon Hall, a state-ranked 4A wrestler who beat him 5–1 at the Gut Check tournament on January 4.
The match was tied with 10 seconds left in the third and final round, when Rodriguez brought Hall down to the mat to score two points and win by a 3–1 decision.
“That was a really fun match. Gavino wrestled really well,” said Blaine head coach Tom Hinz.
Adam Macauley was Blaine’s next best wrestler at the tournament, placing second at 126 pounds. He pinned three opponents in a row before losing to White River High School’s Gage Sabin in the finals match.
Blaine’s Baruc Vazquez placed fourth at 170 pounds and Owen Hansen placed fourth at 220 pounds.
The postseason starts this coming weekend, at the sub-regional tournament in Sedro-Woolley. Nearly all Blaine wrestlers will compete at the two-day tournament.