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Regional Wrestling Glance

Region IV AAA

Date and site: Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. 11 a.m. Central Valley H.S.

At stake: Top four finishers in each weight qualify for Mat Classic IX in Tacoma.

Last year’s finish: 1, Central Valley. 2, Mead. 3, Wenatchee.

Returning champions: Brian Lehrman (Lewis and Clark), 108; Aaron Mann (Richland), 122, first in state at 115, 1996; Andy Roberts (University), 129, first in state at 129, 1996; Eric Gust (Wen.), 215.

Others to watch: Cory Brannon (Gonzaga Prep), 122, two-time state placer, first in state 1995; Jon Rugan (Mead), 115, second at state 1995 and 1996; Shane Cunanan (CV), two-time state placer, including third in 1995; Ramon Iniquez (Wen.), 135, state runner-up 1996; Jeremiah Stilley (Davis), 148, third in state 1996; Jared Osborn (U-Hi), 115, third in state 1996. All told, 16 state placers return.

Region IV AA

Date and site: Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. 11 a.m. Selah H.S.

At stake: Top four finishers in each weight qualify for Mat Classic IX in Tacoma.

Last year’s finish: 1, Sunnyside. 2, Eastmont. 3, Prosser.

Returning champions: Jorge Ruiz (Sunnyside), 101, third in state 1996; Raul Mendoza (Sunnyside), 108, fifth in state 1996; Adriano Soliman (Prosser) 135, second in state 1996; Luke Ellis (Prosser), 168, third in state 1996; Ricky Rico (West Valley-Yakima), third in state 1996.

Others to watch: Marcus Mays (Ellensburg), 115, second in state 1996; Gabe Garcia (Toppenish), 215, second in state 1996; Gabe Schaefer (Cheney), third in state 1996; Tyson Thivierge (Clarkston), fourth in state 1996; Jose Leon (Sunnyside), 108, fourth in state 1996; Gabe Nunez (Selah), 122, fourth in state 1996.

Region IV A-B

Date and site: Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. noon, Mead H.S.

At stake: Top four finishers in each weight qualify for Mat Classic IX in Tacoma.

Last year’s finish: 1. Cashmere, 2. Lakeside, 3. Quincy.

Returning champions: Marc Eylar, (Okanogan), 101, fourth in state, 1996; Jason Ogle (Almira/Coulee-Hartline), 115, second in state, 1996; Anthony Layton (Lakeside), 129; Ryan Schmeltzer (Tonasket), 141, third in state, 1996; Oren Jenson (Omak), 275, second in state, 1996.

Others to watch: Brad Duda (Quincy), 168, second in state 1996; Sam Baird (Cascade), 275, third in state 1996; Jason Fisher, (Cashmere), 122, fourth in state 1996.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: We’re No. 1 Spokane-area wrestling teams got high marks from state wrestling coaches in their association’s final dual meet poll. Greater Spokane League team Central Valley finished first ahead of Gonzaga Prep in the AAA poll. University was fourth behind Moses Lake. Frontier League East Valley finished first in the AA poll ahead of Lake Stevens. In the A-B poll, Lakeside High, from the Northeast A League, tied for first with Connell. -Mike Vlahovich

This sidebar appeared with the story: We’re No. 1 Spokane-area wrestling teams got high marks from state wrestling coaches in their association’s final dual meet poll. Greater Spokane League team Central Valley finished first ahead of Gonzaga Prep in the AAA poll. University was fourth behind Moses Lake. Frontier League East Valley finished first in the AA poll ahead of Lake Stevens. In the A-B poll, Lakeside High, from the Northeast A League, tied for first with Connell. -Mike Vlahovich

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