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Five wrestlers represent Mercer Island at 25th annual Mat Classic | Prep wrestling
Five members of the Mercer Island High School wrestling team competed in the 25th annual Mat Classic in Tacoma over the weekend.
The team finished in 26th place with 22 points, after three of the five Islanders earned spots on the podium. University won the 3A state title as a team with 142.5 points.
In the 106 bracket, Taylan Yuasa finished in eighth place. He started the meet off with a win over Riley Riffe of Shelton, but lost to eventual state champion Home Romero from Sunnyside in the second round with a 14-1 major decision. In the consolation bracket, Yuasa beat Pete Wilkes from Mt. Spokane by a 9-4 decision. Yuasa lost twice more to take eighth place.
In the 120 division, Luke Wilson finished in seventh place for Mercer Island. Wilson started the tournament off with a 5-2 win over Stanwood's Jacob Cole. Mt. Spokane's Kiegen Schauer beat Wilson in the second round 8-0, but Wilson moved into the consolation bracket, where he beat Hazen's Zack Moore 9-5. That win was followed by an 8-0 loss the Jesse Mark from Blanchet, but Wilson would go on to beat Avery Meyer from Lincoln to take seventh place overall.
Mercer Island's Jacob Pruchno competed in the 126 weight class, but did not finish in the top eight. He won his first match by a 10-3 decision over Jack Sy from Franklin, by fell after 1:20 in the second round to Shorewood's Matthew Floresca. A second loss in the consolation bracket to Jerad Paul from Enumclaw ended the tournament for Pruchno.
Connor Gullstad wrestled in the 145 division. He lost his first match on Friday to Matt Yuste from Bonney Lake by an 11-4 decision. In the consolation bracket, Gullstad fell 7-2 to North Central's Cody Kiourkas to end his season.
Nick Chandler earned a seventh place finish in the 170 weight division. He started the tournament with a win by fall after 3:13 over Lincoln's Keidrick O'Bannon. In the second round Chandler lost 6-2 to Kamiakin's Sisto Pina, the eventual 170 champion.
In the consolation bracket, Chandler beat Mountlake Terrace's Syd Springberg by fall in 4:48 to advance. Chandler then lost to Max Ramos from Sunnyside 8-6, but took seventh place over Enumclaw's Falani Gill by injury defeat.