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Above: Brewster’s Janet Carrillo earned state runner-up honors at Mat Classic XXV last weekend. Photos by Brent Baker
The Bears’ Raf Varelas wrestles at Mat Classic XXV.
Brewster's Carrillo takes second at state

Brent Baker
Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

TACOMA - Brewster's Janet Carrillo earned state runner-up honors at Mat Classic XXV over the weekend, while she and her teammates were named girls Academic State Champions to highlight the Bears' weekend at the state wrestling finals.

Carrillo (170 pounds) won her first three matches before being defeated in the state championship match by Samantha Mitchell of White River.

Carrillo opened with an 8-6 overtime victory over Kacie Moorehouse of Franklin Pierce; beat Erika Lindholm of Sedro Woolley with a second round pin; and got past Jacqlyn Hunter of Kittitas in the semifinals with a 6-1 decision.

"Overall it was a good weekend," Coach Kip Apple wrote in an e-mail. "Janet wrestled very well, placing second in the girls is a big deal considering girls brackets are made up of all school classifications [B through 4A]."

The girls tournament is a mix of all school classifications.

Nykia Mariscal (190) also wrestled for the Bears, pinning Tonie Edwards of Yelm in her first round match but losing her next two.

The team earned its academic award by compiling a 3.492 grade point average, and was presented with a team plaque.

Medina medals for Brewster boys

For the boys, Brandon Medina (113) reached the medal stand with a sixth-place finish in the state 1A tourney.

Medina opened with a pair of victories by decision, but ran into eventual state runner-up Victor Almaguer of Granger in the state semifinal. Almaguer knocked Medina into the consolation bracket with a first period pin.

That set him up with yet another Almaguer - Ricky - who defeated Medina and put him in the fifth and sixth place match. Jordan Booth of Castle Rock, whom Medina had beaten 12-7 in the quarterfinals, turned the tables and beat him with a second period pin in their medal match.

Raf Varelas (132) lost his only two matches, while Adrian Urias (285) won a consolation round match (a 30 second pin of Warden's Israel Valencia) before bowing out.

The Brewster boys finished 34th in team scoring.

"Brandon wrestled well but was injured in his second match and wasn't able to compete at 100 percent. I believe he would have placed much higher if he would have been healthy," Apple wrote. "Adrian, Raf and Nykia wrestled really good but state is a tough tournament and things don't always go your way there. Congratulations to all of them for a great season."

"I am very proud of them and all the kids who turned out for me this season. Wrestling is a very tough and unforgiving sport, anybody who can complete a season deserves praise," Apple continued. "I would also like to thank Fred Wiltse (assistant coach) and Terry Tonasket (volunteer) for all their help and dedication. Without them I would not be able to do this thing I love so much."

The Caribou Trail League had a banner day overall, nabbing three of the top 10 spots. Quincy finished second to state champion Granger, with Chelan fourth and Tonasket tied for 10th. CTL state champions in included Gabe Alejandrez and Gabe Martinez of Quincy, Chelan's Erick Garcia and Asa Schwartz, while Tonasket's Austin Booker took runner-up honors.

Jennifer Marshall contributed to this report.

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