Mat Classic first day 2012
Defending state wrestling champion, Cole Schwartz is looking to repeat as this year’s state wrestling champion at the Mat Classic Wrestling Tournament at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma. File Photo from last year’s win.
Wrestlers doing well at MAT Classic
MAT Classic is said to the largest high school sporting event in the nation. 416 wrestlers will attempt to become their school’s state champion on Saturday, February 18.
by Richard Uhlhorn
Erick Garcia (126 lbs.), Billie Poppie (160 lbs.), Alex Cortez (182 lbs.), Cole Schwartz (182 lbs.), Asa Schwartz (195 lbs.) and Luis Garcia (285 lbs.) all won their first matches at MAT Classic in the Tacoma Dome this morning, Friday, February 17.
In a telephone conversation with Coach Jay McGuffin this afternoon, McGuffin said the team had a couple of tough losses. “They are motivated to come back through the bracket and make into tomorrow’s matches. Anyone who makes it into tomorrow will come home a medalist.”
MAT Classic (State Wrestling Championships) is the largest high school sporting event in the nation. Every classification from 1B through 4A is competing at the same time in the Tacoma Dome.
This means that 16 wrestlers are battling it out in each weight class throughout the day representing the 224 best wrestlers in the state. Add 192 girls to the mix and you have 416 athletes all vying for the State Championship.
Coach Jay McGuffin took 10 wrestlers to the State Tournament this year. This is a file photo from last year showing just how intense McGuffin can be when a wrestler is on the mat at the state tournament.
The Chelan Wrestling Team has had an extremely good year and Coach McGuffin and his assistants took 10 wrestlers to the State Tournament. “That’s the most I have ever had qualify for the State Tournament,” said McGuffin, himself a three-time state champion.
Chelan not only won the Caribou Trail League Championship, but also won the District Title for the second time in McGuffin’s career as head coach. The team missed winning the Regional Tilte by only 10 points to Colville. “I’m hoping we can bring home at least fourth place from the State Tournament,” said McGuffin.
For sure, defending state champion Cole Schwartz will be in the hunt to keep his state championship crown. What is interesting, is that a lot of wrestlers from around the state actually got out of the 182 pound classification because they just didn’t want to face Cole. His biggest competition this year came from junior teammate, Alex Cortez who is hoping to meet up with Cole in the championship match on Saturday evening.
GoLakeChelan will be on hand at the tournament all day on Saturday to capture the action as the Chelan Wrestling Team continues its goal of bringing home medals.
Take the time to thank our sponsors. Without them, GoLakeChelan could not attend state events like Mat Classic.
Our sponsors this year are:
- Chelan Red Apple Market
- Latte Da Coffee Shop Café
- Local Myth Pizza
- Lakeside-Best Western