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Mercer Island wins KingCo tournament | Prep wrestling
A year after finishing second to Mount Si at the KingCo wrestling tournament, Mercer Island took the top spot this season, beating the Wildcats for the team title.
The Islanders earned 264.5 points, while the Wildcats finished in second place with 163.5 points.
Five members of the Mercer Island team won individual championships at the meet. Taylan Yuasa won the 106 bracket by beating Kennedy Catholic's Kendall Momon by 15-5 major decision. Luke Wilson won the 120 division by beating Zack Moore of Hazen in a 2-1 decision. In an all Islander final in the 126 division, Jake Pruchno beat Trevor Gullstad by pin in 4:56 p.m.
Connor Gullstad won the 145 bracket, beating Jimmy Matta from Highline in a 5-3 decision.
Chris Richards finished in second place in the 160 division, after begin pinned by Juanita's Mason McDaniel in 4:57. In the 170 bracket, Nick Chandler beat Jamey Mange from Bellevue in 1:01.
Senior Daniel Stanke also won a KingCo title, beating Mount Si's Timothy Corrie by 5-4 decision.
Evan Condon finished the 195 division in second place, falling to Mount Si's Mitch Rorem in the championship match by a 6-2 decision. In the 285 championship, Ben O'Connell was pinned by Highline's Dom Perry in 1:17 to finish in second place.
Other finishers in the tournament for Mercer Island included: Kenji Walker in third and Scott Lee in sixth in the 132 division, Luca Caruccio finished in fourth in the 138 division, Jack Vassau took fourth in the 152 division and Tanner Ranz finished in third place in the 160 division.
The Islanders will travel to the regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Kelso High School. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Qualifiers will move on the 25th annual Mat Classic Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome.