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Mercer Island 13th overall at Hammerhead Invitational | Prep wrestling
In their second invitational meet in as many weeks, the Mercer Island wrestling team finished 13th as a team at the Hammerhead Invitational in Bremerton, Wash., on Saturday, Dec. 15. The team earned 123 points. Eastmont won overall with 251 points.
Individually, Luke Wilson, a sophomore, was second in the 126 weight class. He lost the championship round to Steilacoom’s Patrick Mendiola 8-2. Wilson won five straight matches to advance to the finals and has a season record of 14-2 so far this year. Trevor Gullstad went 3-2 during the tournament in the 126 division.
Junior Jake Pruchno was second in the 132 division, falling 7-0 in the championship round to Tanner Sample of Elma. Pruchno took on four opponents in the tournament, winning all of them, and is also 14-2 this year.
Taylan Yuasa finished in fifth place in the 106 bracket, earning a 4-2 record on the mat, and is 11-3 this season. Nick Chandler was fifth overall of 36 wrestlers, going 4-2 on the mat.
In the 138 weight class, Kenji Walker was 5-2 at the tournament, while senior Connor Gullstad wrestled in the 152 division and won two of his matches before having to end his competition due to injury. Jack Vassau, also competing in the 152 class, went 2-2 at the tournament.
Evan Condon, a sophomore, was 1-1 before an injury also ended his tournament run, and Andy Picton, in the same division, was 2-2.
Chris Richards also competed for the team in the 182 division, as did Ben O’Connell in the 285 weight class.
In the girls competition, Mercer Island freshman Jenny Chen competed in the 124 weight class, and Ailin Fu competed in the 112 weight class.
The Hammerhead Invitational is the second largest wrestling competition in the state, featuring over 700 wrestlers from all school classifications. The state wrestling tournament, the Mat Classic, is the largest.
The Islanders will travel to Juanita on Thursday, Dec. 20 for a 7:30 p.m. meet.