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Fleming eighth at state
"Photo: Trevor Fleming gets control of Toppenish's Nathan Zuniga.Matt Johnson/staff photo Last year Trevor Fleming was a state tournament alternate. The only way he could have wrestled a match at the Washington Mat Classic in Tacoma was if another wrestler in his weight class got hurt. No one did, so Fleming was just a spectator at the 1999 meet.On Saturday, Fleming wrestled at the state meet as a full-fledged qualifier, along with teammates Brandon Hern, Jeremy Bartlett, and Bruce Hymas. Not only did he wrestle, but he did something his two older brothers, Joey and Scott, could not do in their appearances at the meet -- he won a medal.Fleming placed eighth in the 215-pound division Saturday, wrestling five opponents on his way to the winners' podium. He assured his placing with razor-thin, second and third round wins in the tournament's consolation bracket. In fact, his 10-8 third-round, overtime win over Cascade-Levenworth's John Gomez was such a squeaker that Falcon coach Mike Crebbin claimed to have a near out-of-body experience.I was just yelling to coach him, said the still-hoarse Crebbin on Monday. I told him 'C'mon Trevor, you're going to be the first one in your family to win a state medal.In his final two matches, Fleming lost to Vashon Island's Alex Rudisky on a technical fall and to Ephrata's Sam Allen on a 5-4 decision.Fleming said it was a relief to make it to state as his brothers had, and to place. Although it was exciting to get the eighth-place medal, he said he wanted to go further.I felt good, but I felt I could've done a little better, he said.Fleming's teammates had to, for the most part, contend with similarly close matches. Junior Bruce Hymas gave a gutsy performance in his two 119-pound matches Friday, wrestling with tendinitis in both his biceps. After not wrestling for an entire week, Hymas lost 15-0 in the first round to last year's state runner-up. But he came much closer in his second match, succumbing 6-5 to Foster's Son Vo.Friday was a rougher day at the tournament for 140-pound sophomore Jeremy Bartlett. Bartlett was pinned by both his opponents, although he did wrestle to a close 7-9 score against Sultan's Skip Oesch in the second round before Oesch put him on his back.At 171 pounds, sophomore Brandon Hern had to contend with some of the most sly and cagey wrestlers in the tournament. In the first round, Hern wrestle Vashon Island's Mikhail Abul-Latif to a dead heat, until Abdul-Latif pulled a 3-point move in the third round to win a slim victory. Abdul-Latif went on to place third in the tournament. East Valley's Tyler Critchlow was as difficult an opponent, just edging Hern 5-3 in a second-round match.Coach Crebbin said Hern could well contend for the state championship next year.He has the intelligence and the ability to get there, he said.Crebbin said he anticipates taking a larger team to state next year. How far the Falcons go in 2001 will depend on the talent the team can draft next winter. The coach said he is hoping for more wrestlers like Bruce Hymas to come out of nowhere. Hopefully there's more Bruce Hymas's out there, he said."