Wrestling Club Finishes Inaugural Season

Wrestling Club Finishes Inaugural Season

February 13, 2018 – The Seattle Academy Wrestling Club wrapped up its inaugural wrestling season on Wednesday, February 7, as wrestlers competed in the first ever SAAS inter-school championships. In front of dozens of spectators, wrestlers battled one another in a double-elimination bracketed tournament for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place honors.

Coming in first place in the light weight division was 6th grader Calder Baty. Calder avenged two earlier season losses, by defeating fellow 6th grader Joey Oshins in a best of three series. Calder wowed the crowd by hitting an inside trip on Joey in both matches that brought Joey directly to his back. The two will certainly be battling for the next two years, as Calder attempts to be the first three-time SAAS champion—but not if Joey has anything to say about it.

Third seeded Evan Frits came out on top of a stacked middleweight bracket. Evan, who is also a 6th grader looking to become a three-time SAAS champion, needed to get by a talented foe in 7th grader Viggo Patel in the semi-finals. Viggo previously defeated Evan twice this season, including a dominating 15-0 technical fall in their last meeting two weeks ago, and was the number two seeded wrestler coming into the tournament. Evan, who has an aggressive and unrelenting style of wrestling, controlled Viggo from start to finish and won by way of a third period pin. Viggo went on to wrestle back to a third place finish.

Evan’s opponent in the championship match was surprise finalist 7th grader DaoMing Chau. DaoMing, who was the five seed coming into the tournament, had to avenge two losses to make the finals. In the quarterfinals, DauMing defeated spark plug 7th grader Bode Lundin, who defeated DaoMing earlier in the season. In the semifinals, DaoMing squeezed by top seeded and previously undefeated 7th grader Garrett Phillips in what was perhaps the most exciting match of the evening.

DaoMing’s Cinderella run finally came to an end as Evan proved too much for him in the middle weight championship match.

In the upper weight division, team co-captain 8th grader Noah Brown completed an undefeated season as he cruised through the bracket by pinning all of his opponents. Noah, who pinned every one of his opponents this year, often times had to compete against the coaches in practice in order to be challenged.

Coming in second in the upper weight division was 6th grade sensation Vinson Curran, who narrowly defeated rival Charlotte Jennings in the semifinals. Vinson and Charlotte, who is an 8th grader and team co-captain, have gone back and forth all season, and even though Charlotte has defeated Vinson three times this year, Vinson was able hold on to a two-point decision on the heels of first and second period takedowns.

8th grader Connor Johnson, who was seeded fourth coming into the tournament, picked up two wins against Manav Verma and Charlotte Jennings respectively to bring home third place bronze in the upper weight division.

The team, comprised of sixteen boys and girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, practiced twice a week from November to February. The practices consisted of learning wrestling techniques and strategies, strength and cardio training, live wrestling scenarios, and mat games. In addition to learning wrestling, athletes learned the importance of accountability, teamwork, and determination. Remarkably, no one had any prior wrestling experience coming into this season, and Coach Allen, Coach Alyssa, and Coach Shane, could not be more proud of how much all of the athletes grew and developed throughout the winter.

The three team co-captains were 8th graders Zoe Bishop, Charlotte Jennings, and Noah Brown, and they are excited to leave a legacy of hard-work and success for next year’s wrestling team.

If you are interested in getting stronger, faster, developing more self-confidence, and learning how to battle through adversity, consider coming out for the wrestling team next season. In addition to ordering team fight shorts and dryfit t-shirts for next winter, wrestlers can expect to compete against other schools. For those interested in learning more, please contact Coach Allen at astein@seattleacademy.org.