Tigers Host Six-Team Mix-and-Match


Centralia had four wrestlers go undefeated and eight total pick up wins in a six-team mix-and-match Tuesday that featured wrestlers from Adna, Shelton, Black Hills, Aberdeen and Yelm.

Freshman Antonio Campos improved his unbeaten season record to 8-0 by winning two matches in the 120-pound division, both against 2020 state participants.

“He’s really tough,” Centralia coach Scott Phillips said. “He travels all over the country to wrestle and he looks really dominant.”

Senior Sawyer Kassel, who competed at Mat Classic last season at 160 pounds in just his second year of wrestling, also won both his matches in the 170-pound division. He is now 4-2 on the season.

“Feels pretty good,” Kassel said. “I didn’t hit my shots as well as I wanted to but the mat stuff was pretty good... I’m not worried about my weight, so I’m eating a lot more. (The season) feels kind of normal, other than the whole mask thing is really killing me. I almost passed out last Saturday.”

Freshman Evan Kunkel swept both his matches in the 160-pound weight class. On the girls side, sophomore Jade Hudson went 2-0 in the 105-pound division. 

Back on the boys side, Jamal Waterman went 1-1 at 126 pounds.

“Jamal lost a tight match in his first match and won a tight match in overtime in his second,” Phillips said.

Dominic Hicks-Avron went 1-1 in the boys 145-pound weight class. For the girls, Analeese McAllister lost a tight, 4-1, decision to a select Aberdeen wrestler in her only match of the night.

“We don’t have lots of numbers but the kids are working hard and we have a lot of underclassmen,” Phillips said. “You can see them getting better. Glad they’re getting matches.”

The girls team travels to Yelm on Wednesday for a mix-and-match at 6 p.m. The boys and girls then head to Aberdeen for another mix-and-match against the Bobcats, Shelton and Tumwater.