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TACOMA — With one sweep of the leg in the final 10 seconds of Saturday's 113-pound 4A state-championship match, Lake Stevens sophomore Michael Soler delivered back-to-back state championships — twice.
Not only did Soler's thrilling 6-5 victory over Moses Lake's Fernando Leyva earn him his second-consecutive state championship, he also earned the Vikings back-to-back team championships and their third title in four seasons. The Vikings edged Moses Lake 133 to 116½.
"It was great," Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes said. "I know that Michael has felt a lot pressure over the past year being a returning state champion and he's worked really hard. I know that was a big moment for him and it was a big moment for us."
Soler trailed 5-3 in the final period, but rallied with an escape with less than a minute remaining in the match and scored on a two-point takedown with less than five seconds on the clock to clinch the championship.
"We work that in practice all the time," Soler said. "You've got 10 seconds left and you've got to get to a shot. I just thought about it and thought about the team and had to get it."
Lake Stevens had a comfortable lead heading into Saturday's championship matches, but Moses Lake had just earned five points for Trey Long's victory over his teammate Cooper McCullough in the 106-pound final. The Chiefs could have drawn to even closer had Leyva hung on to beat Soler. Instead, the Vikings are champions again.
So far in Soler's brief high-school career, he has lost to just one wrestler from Washington State. It just so happens the loss was to Leyva.
Soler got revenge on Saturday. More importantly, he got his second state championship.
"Last year, it was awesome because it was my first year winning it," Soler said. "But this year there was just so much more on the line. The kid beat me earlier in the year. I had that going through my head. I knew the team counted on me. It was amazing."
The Vikings had three wrestlers in the finals on Saturday, but needed just one victory in those three matches to clinch the team championship. Soler was the first to get the opportunity, but confident the Vikings would get at least one, Barnes and his staff didn't discuss it with Soler.
"All we had to do was win one of those three finals and we knew we were going to get at least one," Barnes said. "We didn't talk about it with Michael. They're smart enough to figure out the scoring themselves, but I didn't want to him to carry that burden."
Viking senior Noah Cuzzetto, who won two state titles while at Edmonds-Woodway, failed in his bid to become a three-time state champion, losing to Union's Junior Godinho 6-2 in overtime. But the Vikings were still able to celebrate one more individual title when 195-pounder Cody Vigoren pinned Lewis and Clark's Andrew Backlund.
"It's just a great way to end the tournament," Barnes said. "We lost a tough one with Noah at 132. That hurts, but Cody capped off a great season."
StateChampions 113lbs Michael Soler 195lbs Cody Vigoren
2nd Place 132lbs Noah Cuzzetto
4th Place 120lbs Alex Rodorigo 160lbs Logan Johnson
5th Place 126lbs Jake Douglas
7th Place Finish 113lbs Tyler Headland 138lbs Zach Cunningham
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February 21, 2014
Bonus points help Lake Stevens take first-day lead
Six Lake Stevens wrestlers advance to semifinals as the Vikings score 70 points, 14.5 ahead of Tahoma.
By Aaron Lommers, Herald Writer
TACOMA — The Lake Stevens wrestling team is no stranger to winning state championships, that’s why it was a shock to see them come in second at last weekend’s regional championships. Friday though, the Vikings were back to their old tricks. Lake Stevens advanced eight of its 11 wrestlers to the quarterfinals and six of those eight advanced to today’s semifinals.
At the day’s end, the Vikings were in first place with 70 points, 14.5 points ahead of Tahoma and in striking distance of the state championship for what would be a second consecutive season and the third time in four years.
“You never get used to winning state championships,” Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes said. “Each year is different and you can’t help but get excited just as much for the next year.”
Michael Soler (113 pounds), Tyler Headland (113), Alex Rodorigo (120), Garrett Gershmel (120), Jake Douglas (126), Noah Cuzzetto (132), Logan Johnson (160) and Cody Vigoren (195) all won their opening-round matches. Soler, Rodorigo, Douglas, Cuzzetto, Johnson and Vigoren went on to win in the quarterfinals.
“We started out the morning with a great round and then we just followed it up (in the) evening,” Barnes said. “You couldn’t ask for more than (having) six guys in the semis, that’s great. We got some pins too, which always helps.”
Soler, the defending state champion at 106 pounds, started slow in his quarterfinal match against Davis’ Ramiro Ortiz, but came on strong in the second period and scored a pin for the Vikings with 0.3 seconds remaining.
“I was watching the clock as I was pinning him,” Soler said. “I knew I would have to thrust my hips to try to get it. I didn’t think I was going to get it, but it’s cool I did. It helped the team out.”
It’s bonus points like those that come along with Soler’s pin and those Cuzzetto earned by earning a major decision in the final seconds of his victory over Skyline’s Tristan Steciw with a two-point takedown that have the Vikings in position to win yet another state title.
“We have to bonus points to win,” Barnes said. “The way we look at is, let’s produce another state champion with wins and bonus points. Our goal is to get 25 or 26 bonus points and if we do that’s like having another guy get to the state finals.”
2014 Regional Champions 113lbs Michael Soler 126lbs Jake Douglas 132lbs Noah Cuzzetto 195lbs Cody Vigoren
Team 2nd Place Finish
Photos from Regionals
February 15, 2014
LS Fans at Regionals 2014
2014 4A District One Championships
February 8, 2014
2014 District Champions
Day 1 Photos
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District Finals and Placings
February 8, 2014
2014 District Champions
Champions 113lbs Michael Soler 126lbs Jake Douglas 132lbs Noah Cuzzetto 195lbs Cody Vigoren
2nd Place 113lbs Tyler Headland 120lbs Alex Rodorigo
3rd Place 120lbs Garrett Gershmel 132lbs Trysten Peralles 138lbs Zach Cunningham 160lbs Logan Johnson 170lbs Mason Beaver
4th Place 126lbs Wyatt Bell
5th Place 138lbs Devian Jones 145lbs Ty Stacy 160lbs Bhodi Scott
The Lake Stevens Wrestling team has complied an impressive list of accomplishments during its history. Most notably, in recent years, the team has won Ten state titles: 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,2013 and 2014. Under coach Brent Barnes, the team had not lost a WESCO league match in 18 years, last losing during the 1993 season. Originally, this feat was nicknamed the Decade of Dominance, Until the team surpassed ten years of unbeaten league matches. However, In the 2007-2008 season, the streak ended with their 1st loss in 18 years. Lake Stevens Wrestling did go on to win the state championship that same year.
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State Champions: 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014