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Tough at tourney, Falcon wrestlers ready for NCC

It's all coming together.

One week before they head into what could be one of the team's best post-season runs ever, South Whidbey's varsity wrestlers put a few competitors and their coaches on notice Saturday. Wrestling at a 15-team tournament at Meridian High School, the Falcons took championships in two weight classes and placed in seven to earn fifth place as a team, their best tournament finish of the season.

Had the meet not been the last before this Friday's North Cascades Conference championship tournament, the finish would have been even better. Senior Chris Long, who has been almost unbeatable over the past month, won his first two 145-pound bouts at the tournament before forfeiting a the championship due to the fact that he had wrestled the highest number of bouts allowed a wrestler during the regular season. But in getting there, he defeated Mount Baker's Josh Little, a wrestler he had not yet faced this season and who promises to be tough competition next week.

Completely unbeatable during the past month and at the Meridian tournament was 103-pounder Phil Schorr. The Falcon junior made quick work of the wrestlers he faced, and handily won a 10-2 championship bout against Ferndale's Jordan Stevens. To date, Schorr has made champion at five tournaments this season.

Also a winner for the Falcons was Ben Harris. Against Nooksack Valley's Andrew Larson in the 160-pound championship bout, Harris was a shredder. He tore Larson up 8-1, giving a preview of what was to come the following week.

At 119 pounds, Justin Serrill was solid, winning the tournament consolation championship with a 7-2 victory over Lynden's Darrin Korphnis. Junior Conley White was also a consolation winner, pinning Brandon Weide of Mount Baker in the third round of the day's final bout.

At 152 pounds, senior Sean Noste proved he is in top form at 152 pounds. He made it all the way to the championship round before losing a tight 5-2 contest against Bellevue's Peter Mannis.

Also placing for the team was sophomore Tyler Rueth. He took fifth place in the 112-pound division.

The NCC championship tournament will be held at Sultan High School on Friday and Saturday. Preliminary rounds will be held the first day; championships are scheduled for Saturday. Wrestling starts at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

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