New coach takes over the Wildcats | Wrestling

By David Pan | Dec 21, 2018

The Archbishop Murphy wrestling team heads into the 2018-19 season with some proven talent and promising newcomers but low overall numbers.

The Wildcats also are welcoming a new head coach who is a familiar face in the wrestling community – Gustavo Anaya.

Anaya previously was head coach at Jackson, Lynnwood and Juanita high schools. He takes over for former coach Blaine Gilchrist-Smith, who retired from coaching and teaching. Anaya also was Gilchrist-Smith’s successor at Jackson.

Archbishop Murphy’s top prospect is senior Colin Howell, a 145-pounder, who advanced to the 2A state tournament his freshman and sophomore seasons. Senior Devin Moore (195) was a regional alternate last season.

“Both of them are having pretty successful seasons,” Anaya said.

Howell won the 145 division at the Lynnwood Classic, while Moore took second place at 195.

Three newcomers, who have shown potential, include freshman Soren Hansen (106), sophomore Luke Kenrick (113) and sophomore Bo Carlton (120).

“They’ve played in a couple of tournaments,” Anaya said. “That’s a good thing.”

Archbishop Murphy opened with a 39-30 loss to Kennedy Catholic in a nonconference dual meet.

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