Jackson's Phan wins district title | Wrestling

Three Grizzlies finish first
By David Pan | Feb 10, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson's D’Artagnan Phan took first place in the 160-pound division at the Wesco 4A/District 1 tournament Feb. 4 at Glacier Peak High School.

One of the goals of the Jackson wrestling team coming into the Wesco 4A/District 1 tournament was to advance senior D’Artagnan Phan through to the regional tournament.

Phan achieved his goal and a lot more.

The Jackson senior took home a district championship, winning a 12-8 decision over Monroe’s Rory Felder in the 160-pound finals Saturday, Feb. 4 at Glacier Peak High School.

“He wrestled a really smart match,” said Jackson coach Sherm Iversen. “He’s been injured, so we just wanted to get him through and he stepped up. He was seeded second. That was a great performance.”

Phan, who also is the school’s ASB President, pinned Lake Stevens Brandon Poe in 1:10 and then recorded a fall over Mount Vernon’s Zachary Cleave in 3:12 to advance to the finals.

“D’Artagnan had a great tournament,” Iversen said. “It’s great to see him win a district title. They don’t come around very often. They’re hard to get.”

The Wolfpack standout was one of seven Timberwolves to advance to Saturday’s regional meet at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way.

Four Glacier Peak wrestlers also advanced to the district finals and three captured championships – Parker Hardy (113), Ricky Kranz (152) and Josh Erling (182).

Hardy won a 15-2 decision over Lake Stevens’ Matthew Johnson. Hardy recorded back-to-back pins to qualify for the finals.

“I feel pretty good,” Hardy said after the finals. “It was a good tournament.”

Hardy wrestled and beat Johnson’s brother, Markus Johnson, during the regular season.

Kranz recorded a fall over Lake Stevens’ Julian Fryberg at the 5:34 mark. Kranz pinned three opponents en route to the championship match. The Glacier Peak senior recorded a fall over Mount Vernon’s Casey Wilson in 20 seconds in a quarterfinal match.

Erling posted an 8-4 decision over Jackson’s Garrett Miller. Erling also recorded three pins, including a 44-second fall over Kamiak’s Jaden Stetler in the quarterfinals.

“The kids wrestled hard today. I’m proud of them,” Glacier Peak coach Bryan Mossberg said. “Overall it was a good tournament.

“Ricky Kranz had a huge match in the finals. … Parker Hardy is solid.”

Glacier Peak’s Tim Mandzyuk took second place, losing a 10-3 decision to Lake Stevens’ Isaac Gust in the 145 finals. Mossberg was impressed by Mandzyuk’s 5-4 triple overtime victory over top seed Cole Anderson of Jackson.

“He’s such a hard worker,” Mossberg said. “For him to get that match was a big win. He deserved that.”

Anderson rebounded to take third place overall with a 3-1 decision over Mariner’s Josh Giron. Losing in the semifinals was difficult for Anderson, Iversen said, but the Jackson coach was glad to see him respond with back-to-back wins to take third.

“Sometimes it’s hard to do and he came back,” Iversen said. “He’s got a ton of character. He’s a classy guy.”

Glacier Peak’s first and only girl wrestler, freshman Kiley Hubby pinned Lakewood’s Bethany Fisher at 1:54 in the 140 finals in the district tournament at Burlington-Edison High School.

Mossberg said it was tough having the boys and girls tournament at different schools.

“She’s one of the hardest workers on the team,” Mossberg said of Hubby. “For a team of one, she has a lot of impact.”

Other Glacier Peak wrestlers advancing to regionals included Gavin MacDonald (third at 126) and Kyle Nget (fourth at 106).

Jackson wrestlers moving on were Josh Vail (third at 113), Da'Marquis Chapel (third at 195), Jose Viayra (third at 220) and Cris Wilson (fourth at 120).

At the 2A sub-regional tournament, Archbishop Murphy’s Colin Howell finished first in the 120 division with a pin over Cedarcrest’s Austin Link. Teammate Barrett Floyd pinned Cedarcrest’s Jaren Stevenson in: 59 to win at 160.

Wildcats David Palmiere (152), Devin Moore (182) and Chris Shaffer (195) took second place in their respective division and advanced to regionals.

 

 

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