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Five Falcon wrestlers headed to the Mat Classic state finals
James Schorr won the regional championship in his 160-pound weight class at the regionals in Mount Vernon Saturday.
Schorr will join teammates Aaron Mannie (152), Trapper Rawls (285), Darrin Britton (215) and Jordan Broyles (171) in Tacoma for the Mat Classic state wrestling finals on Friday.
In other words, the Big Time for high school wrestling 24 mats and 48 wrestlers before 5,000 anxious fans.
The last time Schorr faced Bellinghams Riley Mullet, he lost, so this match was all the sweeter.
It was a nice redemption for James, said Falcon coach Jim Thompson.
Schorr said his third match wasnt the toughest, just the most important.
The final was hard but Mullet made a bad choice enabling me to start in the down position in the third round, always an advantage, he said. I reversed him and won 6-1 but couldnt pin him.
Mannie was paired again with Sultans Abe Bray.
It went into overtime and I had only 30 seconds to get out from under him. We were both really tired and he thought Id won, Mannie said.
Blaines Shane Hicks got the better of Rawls.
Shane has a strong undergrip and I couldnt throw him, Rawls recalled.
Britton went the full three rounds but Archbishop Murphys Zeke Evers was on a roll.
He got a takedown on me, Britton said. Thats all it took but I made life hard for him.
Broyles took fourth and travels to Tacoma as an alternate, his first time.
I was glad to go the distance in my match but that guy from Sehome was good. Im excited to be going with the team, though, he said.
Thompson and assistant coach Paul Newman said the five Falcon grapplers are the cream of the crop.
And youll be facing the cream from the other schools so stay focused, Newman told them.
Blaine High School won this years team championship at regionals.
Jeff VanDerford can be reached at 221-5300 or sports@south