Mercer Island bests Bellevue at senior night | Prep wrestling

The Mercer Island wrestling team earned a final home win of the season on Thursday, Jan. 24, the same night the team honored it’s seniors. Mercer Island beat Bellevue 49-21.

Bellevue’s Nathan Smith won the 106 match by forfeit, and Islander Taylan Yuasa pinned Nick Luera in 2:24 to win the 113 weight match.

Luke Wilson beat Garret Williams in the 126 match by 8-4 decision, while Bellevue’s Christian Villani pinned Jacob Pruchno in 3:28 to win the 132 division.

The 138 weigth match was a double forfeit, and Chris Richards won the 145 match by forfeit. In the 152 match, Connor Gullstad pinned Cutter Podoll in 1:52, followed by Chris Richards winning by forfeit.

Nicholas Chandler pinned Jamey Mange in 2:55 to win the 170 division, and Daniel Stanke won the 182 match by earning a 18-8 major decision over Gabe Buccino. Evan Condon won the 195 match by forfeit and Bellevue’s Alec Palander earned a win in the 220 match over Andrew Picton by 12-8 decision. Benjamin O’Connell won the 285 match by pinning Dean Jones in 3:36.

The wrestling team will prepare for the post season, which begins next Friday, Feb. 1 at the sub-regional meet against KingCo schools at Interlake High School. The matches on Friday begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue Saturday at Interlake at 10 a.m.

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