Wrestling Rhinos battle in Anacortes

Friday, November 27, 2015

Young wrestlers hit the mat at the Anacortes Hawkeyes Tournament Nov 15.
Photo by Sean Rhodes

As the weather gets colder and the days get darker, the Wrestling Rhino Club knows that a new season of epic mat battles has arrived.

On November 15, 2015 the Shoreline Clan and Edmonds Clan of the Wrestling Rhinos Club united and sent their young mat warriors on a quest to wrestle against the fierce Anacortes Hawkeyes (and several other youth wrestling clubs).

The weekend event featured two contests; the WWKWL – Novice tournament and the Open – USA Tournament.

Although maybe not quite as intense as the historic battle between the Greeks and the Persians in the Trojan War, these little wrestlers did show a lot of heart. By the time the dust settled on the WWKWL Event, the Rhinos Team score was 10 points, enough to score 7th place out of 15 wrestling clubs.

The Rhinos who placed at this tournament include:

Travis Gardner, 1st Place – Bantam (ages 6-7) 52-53lbs.
Sunny Mejia, 1st Place – Bantam 63-66lbs.
Tom Gardner, 1st Place – Intermediate (ages 8-9) 63-64lbs
Brenden Still, 1st Place – Intermediate 72-78lbs
Grafton Marshall Imman, 2nd Place – Bantam 46-48lbs
Mason Collins, 2nd Place – Pee Wee (ages 4-5) 46-48lbs.

Thomas Rhodes attempts to intimidate highly ranked Lars Michaelson of the NWWC Club in Bremerton. Rhodes lost the match 11-1.
Photo by Sean Rhodes.

The team score for the Rhinos at the USA – Open Tournament was 7 points, which put them at 8th Place out of 19 teams. The Rhino placers at the Open Tournament include:

Thomas Rhodes, 2nd Place – Novice (ages 10-11) 75lbs
Peter Grimm, 1st Place – Intermediate (ages 8-9) 95-103lbs
Reed Nagel, 2nd Place – Intermediate 60lbs
Nolan Valdivia, 2nd Place – Intermediate 80-83lbs

Overall, the Rhinos felt good about their first tournament of the season and look forward to other upcoming events.

-- Written by Sean Rhodes, proud wrestling dad and Lake Forest Park resident.


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