Gavino Rodriguez and Colton Pedersen won individual titles at the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament on February 15 at White River High School, leading the Borderites to a second place team finish out of 16 schools.
Only White River High School, a perennial wrestling power, outwrestled the Borderites.
Both Rodriguez (182 pounds) and Pedersen (195) pinned their first two opponents to reach the finals matches in their weight classes. Rodriguez beat Jeffrey Myers of Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton by an 8–4 decision in the championship match and Pedersen beat Bellingham’s Morgan Cavalier 16–7 in the finals.
Three other Borderites placed in the top four and will join Rodriguez and Pedersen at State Championships on February 21 and 22 at the Tacoma Dome. Jack Cheatham (138 pounds), Baruc Vazquez (160) and Tyson Kirk (195) all placed fourth in their weight classes.
Owen Hansen (220 pounds), Luke Westfall (170) and Cael Button (113) placed fifth at regionals and will be alternates at state – they’ll get the chance to wrestle if others in their weight class get sick, injured or otherwise can’t compete.