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Mercer Island takes 7th at Hammerhead | Prep wrestling
The Mercer Island High School wrestling team finished seventh at the Hammerhead Invitational, which took place Dec. 20 and 21 at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. The Islanders finished with a team score of 142.5. Bonney Lake won the invitational with a team score of 229.
Junior Taylan Yuasa finished second in the 113 division, earning 29.5 team points. Yuasa went 3-1 in the tournament, bringing his record to 14-1 on the season. Yuasa's lone blemish came in the 113 championship match, losing an 8-5 decision to Eastmont's Julian Arrellano.
Luke Wilson finished third in the 126 division and earned 27 team points. Wilson received a bye and earned a pin before losing an 11-9 decision to Auburn Mountain View's Dylan Foley in the third round. After the loss, Wilson won six consecutive matches to take third place.
Senior Tanner Ranz went 5-2 in the 170 division to secure fifth place and earned 21 team points. Ranz won his first two matches before losing a 6-4 decision to Kingston's Josh Iles. In the fifth place match, Ranz won by decision 9-8 over Joseph McRae of Southridge High School in Oregon.
Evan Condon finished second in the 195 division, earning 30 team points. After winning his first three matches, Condon lost a 2-1 decision to South Kitsap's Tristan Hartmann in the championship match. The loss brought Condon's individual record to 14-2 this year.
Kevin Pedersen went 2-2 in the 106 division, scoring nine team points for Mercer Island. In the 132 division, Trevor Gullstad went 3-2 to earn 12 team points, Jake Pruchno went 3-2 to score 11 points and Scott Lee went 2-2 to earn 10 points for the Islanders. Mike Ong went 2-2 in the 145 division to score nine points and Kenji Walker earned six points in the 152 division.
Also competing for Mercer Island were Nic Meinzinger-Richards (152) and Teague Frazier (170). Jenny Chen competed in the girls competition for the Islanders in the 130 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.
Next up for the Islanders will be a conference matchup with Lake Washington at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Mercer Island High School.