South Whidbey’s Dylan Davis, top, wrestles in the state tournament last weekend. Davis finished fourth in the 285-pound class. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

South Whidbey’s Dylan Davis, top, wrestles in the state tournament last weekend. Davis finished fourth in the 285-pound class. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

Davis finishes 4th at state tournament / Wrestling

South Whidbey senior Dylan Davis closed out his high school wrestling career by placing fourth at the state 1A meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Tacoma Dome.

Davis, wrestling in the 285-pound class, helped the Falcons score 19 points and finish 30th out of 45 schools in the team standings. Granger won the team title with 178.

Joining Davis at state were teammates Drew Aposhyan (126 pounds) and Aiden Coleman (182).

Davis, ranked eighth by the Washington Wrestling Report, opened the tournament by defeating 10th-ranked Leighton Jensen of Omak 7-4. He then advanced to the semifinals by pinning fifth-ranked Alex Smith of College Place at the 2:28 mark.

In the semis, Davis lost to fourth-ranked North Sound Conference foe Ben Vanderwel of Granite Falls by a fall (1:17). Vanderwel went on to finish second.

Davis bounced back to pin 11th-ranked Jonah McGary of Castle Rock (:49).

In the match for third and fourth places, Davis fell to second-ranked Kenny Koonrad of Montesano (:48).

Davis also qualified for state last year, where he won one of three matches.

The 12th-ranked Coleman lost by a late fall (5:55) to 11th-ranked Brian Sims of Zillah in his opening match. Sims would go on to finish fourth.

Coleman, a senior, then pinned Tristen Turner of Stevenson at 4:15.

Coleman was eliminated when he lost by a fall (1:56) to ninth-ranked Bowen Durkee of White Salmon, who eventually took seventh.

Aposhyan, making his third state appearance, lost both his matches. The 12th-ranked junior lost to 11th-ranked Logan Hoffberger of Stevenson 16-0 in the opening round and then was pinned (4:26) by seventh-ranked Kessler Fjellman of Omak.

Aposhyan won one of three matches at state as a freshman and two of four last year.

South Whidbey’s Drew Aposhyan, left, tries to control Stevenson’s Logan Hofberger. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

South Whidbey’s Drew Aposhyan, left, tries to control Stevenson’s Logan Hofberger. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

The Falcons’ Aiden Coleman, left, squares off with Stevenson’s Tristen Turner. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

The Falcons’ Aiden Coleman, left, squares off with Stevenson’s Tristen Turner. (Photo by Sarah Manchester)

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