Regionals 2nd Place District Champions League Champions
Sidney Eagle Invitational 2nd Place Finish (22 teams)
Tri State 3rd Place Finish (61 teams) Doc Buchanan Invite 20th Place Finish (99 teams) Mat Man Classic 4th Place (16 Teams)
State Champions 2016 State Champions 2014 State Champions 2013 State Champions 2011 State Champions 2009 State Champions 2008 State Champions 2007 State Champions 2004 State Champions 2001 State Champions 2000 State Champions 1990
Lake Stevens HS 4x State Champions Michael Soler 2013-2014-2015-2016 106-113-132-170 Burke Barnes 1999-2000-2001-2002 115-125-125-125
2015-16 Team Awards
March 3, 2016
Outstanding Wrestler Award
Inspirational Award Julian Fryberg
Coach's Award Jake Douglas
Most Improved Award Nate Scilley Gino Loera
Team Captains Michael Soler Jake Douglas Trysten Perales
July 6, 2016
Congratulations to Michael Soler winner of the 2016 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the nation's most outstanding high school seniors for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service, according to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
All Wesco Wrestling Team
March 1, 2016
Wesco 4A First Team 106—Jacob Bennett, Lake Stevens, soph. 113—Nathan Scilley, Lake Stevens, jr. 120—Gino Loera, Lake Stevens, sr. 138—Jake Douglas, Lake Stevens, sr. 145—Trysten Perales, Lake Stevens, sr. 160—Malachi Lawrence, Lake Stevens, soph. 170—Michael Soler, Lake Stevens, sr. Herald Article
February 20, 2016
2016 4A Team Champions #11
February 20, 2016
2016 State Team Coaches and Wrestlers
Congratulations on Your 11th 4A Team Championship
February 20, 2016
2016 4A State Champions 145lbs Trysten Perales 170lbs Michael Soler 4x
February 20, 2016
2016 State Placers
106lbs Jake Bennett 8th 113lbs Nathan Scilley 3rd 120lbs Gino Loera 5th 138lbs Jake Douglas 3rd 145lbs Trysten Perales State Champion 160bs Malachi Lawrence 3rd 170lbs Michael Soler 4x State Champion
Q 13 Q it up Sports
February 21, 2016
Closer to home, we had the annual Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome – another incredibly unique sight if you’ve never been there before. And while we’ll take time to honor all our state championship teams later in the show, there’s one team and a couple individuals that deserve major props tonight.
Lake Stevens won its 11th state title in school history – and 7th in the last 10 years. And they were led by senior Michael Soler, who became the first wrestler in state history to win four individual titles in the 4A division. Plus, he did so after a major growth spurt, winning at 170 pounds one year after winning at 132.
Probably because there aren’t any Division I wrestling programs in this state, we don’t normally give the sport the attention its due. But tonight, we celebrate the continued success of Brent Barnes’ program in Lake Stevens – and Soler in particular, who Barnes described this way earlier this week:
“He’s an all-around super human being. He’s extremely driven in the classroom. He’s good to his teammates. He’s good to his classmates. He’s just the kind of guy you want around your program. The kind of guy you want to have represent you,” Barnes said.
So to Coach Barnes, to Soler, and to every member of the Vikings state championship team, enjoy the reality of meeting lofty expectations – we congratulate you all tonight. Video Link
February 20, 2016
Michael Soler of Lake Stevens holds up some fours after winning his fourth title Saturday night at Mat Classic XXVIII. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
Soler became just the 13th four-time state wrestling champion on the boys side at Mat Classic XXVIII Saturday at the Tacoma Dome as he held off Hudson Mauseth of Moses Lake in the 170-pound final, 14-5, capping an outstanding tournament by his Lake Stevens team.
TACOMA – Michael Soler’s emotions ran the gamut. He was completely gassed yet almost giddy. Physically exhausted, but mentally elated.
And he stands tall in elite company.
Soler became just the 13th four-time state wrestling champion on the boys side at Mat Classic XXVIII Saturday at the Tacoma Dome as he held off Hudson Mauseth of Moses Lake in the 170-pound final, 14-5, capping an outstanding tournament by his Lake Stevens team – which took the overall title for the third time in four years and 10th overall.
“The team title means the world,” Soler said, hands on knees and nose bloodied by the aggressive Mauseth, who won at 160 last year. “I’m so excited for that. It’s really a great way to finish my high-school career.”
He is the first to win all four titles in Class 4A. Burke Barnes, the coach’s son and Lake Stevens’ only other four-timer (1999-2002), won his first three in Class 3A and the last in 4A. Barnes practically tackled him after the win and together they posed for pictures, each holding up four fingers.
“I love Burke,” said Soler, whose earlier titles came at 106, 113 and 132, followed by a big growth spurt. “He’s helped me so much.”
Soler was one of two Lake Stevens champions as senior Trysten Perales won at 145. Overall, seven of the team’s eight state qualifiers placed and the Vikings pulled away from Moses Lake, last year’s winner, 121-103. Tahoma took third (89) and Curtis fourth (74).
“We had a phenomenal weekend,” coach Barnes said. “Our kids, every one of them, wrestled their tails off.”
Jake Douglas fell short in his bid to win at 138 (after taking second there last season), losing 2-1 to Decatur’s Leviticus Arizpe in the semis, but he bounced back to finish third and contribute key points. Sophomores Nathan Scilley (113) and Malachi Lawrence (160) also earned third-place medals.
February 20, 2016
Michael Soler of Lake Stevens signals for all the crowd in the Tacoma Dome to see that he is a 4-time 4A state wrestling champion after he defeated Hudson Mauseth in the 170 lb. championship final match at the Mat Classic XXVIII Saturday 02/20/16. Dean J. KoepflerThe News Tribune
Part of the four-peat Mat Classic club waited patiently.
And in the end, Lake Stevens standout Michael Soler did not disappoint.
Soler became the 12th boy to win four WIAA state wrestling championships — and the first in Class 4A — to highlight an eventful close to Mat Classic XXVIII in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night.
But it wasn’t an easy finale. After jumping out to a big lead over Moses Lake’s Hudson Mauseth, a tiring Soler surviving a few stressful moments in hammering out a 14-6 victory in the 170-pound championship match.
Capped by Soler’s triumph, Lake Stevens finished off a near-perfect showing by clinching its 11th team title. The Vikings pulled away from defending 4A champion Moses Lake, 121-03.
“We had a great weekend,” Vikings coach Brent Barnes said.
Soler certainly saw the irony in his title-match showdown with Mauseth. The Moses Lake senior’s win in the 160 finals clinched the Chiefs the 4A title over Lake Stevens a year ago.
The Vikings’ star immediately went to “Soler Power,” and broke out to a 10-2 lead in the first period.
But near the end of the second round, Soler got noticeably tired.
Moses Lake coaches sensed it, too — because they implored Mauseth to keep attacking.
“I was seeing a little dizziness, honestly,” Soler said. “But I felt good — I controlled the match.”
It wasn’t until Soler got a final takedown in the middle of the third period that the Lake Stevens corner could breathe easy.
As the buzzer sounded, past Mat Classic four-timers — Burke Barnes of Lake Stevens, Martin Mitchell of Tonasket and Brandon Sitch of Kelso — surrounded their newly minted club member to welcome him in. “It is awesome,” Soler said. “I love Burke. He has helped me so much.”
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February 20, 2016
Lake Stevens’ Soler captures 4th title, Vikings take team crown
TACOMA — After winning his fourth state championship in as many years, all Lake Stevens senior Michael Soler could talk about — after he caught his breath — was the Vikings winning their third team title in the past four years.
“The team title means the world,” Soler said. “I'm so excited for that. It's really great to finish my high-school career. I've got four state titles as a person and three team (titles) and that's awesome.”
Soler was out of breath because his opponent in the finals, Moses Lake's Hudson Mauseth made him work for his 14-6 win.
“I'm really tired right now,” Soler said. “That kid was really big and strong. He really went after me and he got me really tired.”
With the win, Soler became just the 12th boys wrestler in the history of Mat Classic to win four individual state titles.
Part of the secret of Soler's success has been his technical approach to wrestling. It's serves as a secret weapon of sorts when he's out-matched strength-wise.
“He really works at his craft, and you can tell,” Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes said. “That kid from Moses Lake was definitely a little bit stronger than Michael, but he is so technically sound and has such a great game plan that he's tough to beat in those big matches.”
On Friday, Barnes said he thought the team championship might come down to Soler's championship match.
There was no such drama. Lake Stevens clinched the team championship when Moses Lake's Nick Hara lost the championship match at 120 pounds. The Vikings finished with 121 points and Moses Lake finished with 103.
“I've never had a team that has performed as well as this team has,” Barnes said. “We had teams that were probably better, but this team performed probably the best I've ever seen at the state tournament — in our program.
“I don't think a lot of people really thought we were going to be able to do this this year,” Barnes said. “We had some ups and downs during the season, but our kids were really positive throughout. They came to practice and worked really hard. We had great leadership by Jake Douglas and Michael (Soler) and Trysten (Perales), of course.”
Aside some Soler, Perales was the Vikings' only other individual champion — winning at 145 pounds. He defeated James Rogers of Battle Ground by a score of 5-2 in the final.
“The thing about Trysten is that he's always kind of been in the shadow of Michael and Jake,” Barnes said. “He's always plugged away. He's a kid that has a job, is a great family member and is really respectful. More than anything, you just wanted to see him have success because he's a great person. He's just a great human being.
“He earned that just by hard work and perseverance. He's had a great season.”
But the night belonged to Soler.
After Soler's victory, several other four-time state champions posed for pictures and hugged the senior. One of them was former Lake Stevens' star Burke Barnes.
“He's helped me so much during my career and I'm so glad he was there for it,” Soler said. “He gave me a hug afterward. I just love Burke and the entire Lake Stevens family.”
Brent Barnes has coached a lot of great wrestlers, but Soler's work ethic made him special.
“It's been a pleasure,” Barnes said. “He's been so much fun and such a hard worker. He comes from a great family. There's not many four-time state champions around and he's right up on the top of the list.”
Aaron Lommers covers prep sports for The Herald. Follow him on Twitter at @aaronlommers and contact him at email@example.com.
February 20, 2016
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February 18, 2016
Lake Stevens' Soler aiming to become 4-time state wrestling champ
Lake Stevens’ senior Michael Soler is competing this weekend to earn his fourth individual 4A state wrestling championship.
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Lake Stevens wrestlers Michael Soler (left) and Malachi Lawrence practice Wednesday afternoon at Lake Stevens High School.
Kevin Clark / The Herald
Lake Stevens’ senior Michael Soler is competing this weekend to earn his fourth individual 4A state wrestling championship.
LAKE STEVENS — If the Lake Stevens wrestling team needs a boost at this weekend's Mat Classic XXVIII, the Vikings can rely on Soler power.Michael Soler has provided a spark for Lake Stevens since his arrival as a freshman. Now, the Lake Stevens senior is hoping to become just the 12th boys wrestler in the history of Mat Classic to be crowned a four-time individual state champion — one girl has also accomplished the feat — and the first to collect all four titles at the Class 4A level.“That's been my goal since I was 10 years old: to be a four-time state champ,” Soler said. “I think that's all of our goals when we come into the program as freshmen.“I'm just excited. It's going to be really fun this weekend to go out and compete one last time in the Tacoma Dome with my teammates and try to bring home another team title. It's going to be pretty sweet.”State champions aren't particularly rare at Lake Stevens, which has had one of those 11 four-time state champs. Former Viking Burke Barnes won individual titles at every state tournament from 1999-2002. However, unlike Barnes — who won three titles at 125 pounds — Soler has wrestled at a different weight class each year.Soler's first title, in 2013, came at 106 pounds. As a sophomore, he mastered the 113-pound weight class. Last year, he won a highly competitive 132-pound division. This weekend, Soler will wrestle at 170 pounds.“I grew a lot this summer,” he said.His experience grappling at the lower weights gives Soler an advantage in the upper weight classes, according to Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes.“He has the style of wrestling of a little guy that he can take to the upper weights,” Brent Barnes said. “Honestly, the wrestling doesn't necessarily get better as you move up in the weights. You have kids that do more sports and are maybe just three-month wrestlers who are really good athletes, where Michael's wrestled at 132, where you have the bulk of the full-time wrestlers, so that's really benefited him.“He's just got a great demeanor about him,” Barnes continued. “He's a great young man. He's got a good work ethic and he's focused on what he does, but he smiles and has a good time with his work. He's pretty special.”Michael's older brother Eric won two state titles with the Vikings, including a 145-pound championship his senior season. That same year, Michael started his championship streak.“It's awesome for him and his family,” Barnes said. “It's just really cool that we got the opportunity to work with this guy. Not because of the state titles, but because of what kind of kid he is. That's way more important than the championships. He's just one of those kids that you'd love to have stick around. I wish they made him like that all the time.”In fact, Soler is so well respected that even opponents will be rooting for him this weekend.“Everything I hear from everybody about him is nothing but positive. There's no negatives on the kid at all,” said Sherm Iversen, who coaches Lake Stevens' Wesco 4A rival Jackson. “I wish the best for him. I really hope he wins that fourth title and I feel strongly that he will.”Fellow Lake Stevens senior Jake Douglas, one of Soler's longtime friends, said having the three-time state champ around improves everyone on the team. It also shows the Vikings what it takes to reach that level of success.“It definitely gives everyone someone to look up to as a prime example,” Douglas said. “Being a four-time state champ is every kid's dream and goal going into it. And having him as a partner my whole life has made me better every day. Every year I've made drastic improvements because I've gotten to wrestle with him.”About the only thing that hasn't gone Soler's way at Mat Classic over the past three years was last season, when Moses Lake edged Lake Stevens by four points for the team title. The Vikings had won the previous two team championships and six of the past nine 4A titles.“We won state my freshman and sophomore year and going into my junior year it was like, ‘Oh, we're expected to win state. It'll just happen,'” Douglas said. “It always just happened when we were younger so we never really understood what it meant to go wrestle for it or have that as a goal. This year it's cool to have that feeling to go out there and wrestle for something bigger than yourself.”Soler wants to get his fourth title for many reasons, but one of the biggest is to help his team get back on top.“I really want to get that team title so I'm going to try to get as many points as I can for my team,” Soler said. “I think we have a good shot right now, looking at the brackets. Hopefully, we perform Friday and Saturday and bring it home.”Barnes said Soler doesn't really battle nerves. Having been to Mat Classic three times, he is used to the atmosphere and level of competition at the state tournament.“Yeah, I've gone through it a lot. I'm pretty ready for it,” Soler said. “I know what it's going to take this weekend and how I'm going to prepare. I've done it three other times. You just take each match one at a time and go out and compete as hard as you can.”Soler doesn't know where, or even if, he will wrestle in college. His sole focus is on Mat Classic and ending his high school career the same way it began — with a state championship.“As of now, it hasn't really hit me. It just feels like another (day),” he said. “I think I'll really try to take it in this weekend ... and really experience it for the last time and enjoy it. It'd be awesome to win. I'm going to try to get it. There's not much you can do besides work hard and prepare for it.
February 18, 2016
Lake Stevens’ Michael Soler seeks Mat Classic four-peat
Senior is trying to become first to win four 4A titles
The reigning state champion at 132 pounds is in the 170 weight class
Soler also a former junior national judo champion
In a star-studded wrestling program that has been a powerhouse,
Michael Soler is on a level of his
own. Soler is on a quest to become the first wrestler to win four 4A state
LAKE STEVENS Absorbed in a culture of sweat-dripping, face-slapping hotheads, Michael Soler is as easygoing as elite wrestlers come.
He shows you nothing.
Almost as plain-faced as an accountant on tax day.
Friday is the start of another WIAA state wrestling tournament — Mat Classic
XXVIII — at the Tacoma Dome.
Like 13 others (12 boys, one girl) before him, the Lake Stevens High School
standout is making his way toward
But Soler — one of the nine “Untouchables” selected by The News Tribune — is
also carving out a solo narrative
at these state championships. He is vying to become the first wrestler to win four
career Class 4A state titles.
“It means a lot, because I put 14 years into this — and it is coming down to this
week,” Soler said. “It might be the
last time I put on the (wrestling) shoes.
“I will be ready to play Saturday.”
Yet, there is plenty different separating Soler from those in the four-timer
fraternity, such as last year’s newest
member, Fred Green of Orting (2A), or North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde (2A in 2013)
— or even Pin City club coach and
fellow Lake Stevens product Burke Barnes (3A in 2002).
He is the first to go from flyweight to super middleweight in four years.
Soler won the 4A title at 106 pounds in 2013, an 8-3 decision over Moses Lake’s
The next season, he defeated another Moses Lake wrestler, Fernando Leyva, in the
Then came his 132 championship showdown last February with Pasco’s Timmy
Martinez, as good a pound-for-
pound wrestler as there was in the state.
Soler ground out a 5-4 decision over the two-time reigning state champion.
“What a gamer he is,” Vikings coach Brent Barnes said. “He absolutely knows
how to step up for big matches.”
But now, Soler is bigger — much bigger. He has jumped up five weight classes
to 170. And he is still the baddest
teenager at his weight.
“This has been incredible to see,” said Jake Douglas, Soler’s three-time state-
placing teammate at Lake Stevens.
“I was bigger than Michael our entire careers by at a weight class or two. And we
get to this season, and he
“But he has always stuck to his roots of being a little guy moving his feet.”
Soler has grown up in a family of wrestlers and mixed martial arts performer. His
father, Al, was a prep wrestler in
the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. His older brother, Eric, is a two-time state
champion at Lake Stevens.
Al brought both of his sons to USA Everett at an early age. Back in 2002, when
Eric was in competitive youth
wrestling, Michael started at the age of 4.
“He was always in the practice room with us, so I let him do his own thing,” Al
Soler said. “That first year, Michael
did not win a single match (on the mat). He had 60 matches … and won two by
Yet, oddly enough, that year of low-pressure wresting has greatly contributed to
Michael Soler’s current low-key
“It is what I do,” Soler said, “not who I am.”
That did not mean Soler bypassed the hard work wrestling takes. Over the
years, he won 10 state freestyle,
folkstyle and Greco-Roman state titles, and picked up 424 wins in USA Wrestling
At the same time, Soler trained in judo, and captured the gold medal at the 2008
USJA/USJF national title as a 10-
The Solers were largely responsible for also rebuilding USA Everett (2004-09)
before the two brothers jumped to
Pin City Wrestling, which was founded by Burke Barnes.
“At USA Everett, I got my base. We had good coaching from my dad and (Todd)
Christensen. Everyone who came
out of that club was good at wrestling on the top and bottom,” Soler said. “Pin
City is where I got good on my feet,
because Burke is so good on his feet.
“He helped me transition from kid wrestling to high school wrestling.”
Over the past year, Soler’s biggest transition came after a growth spurt.
At last year’s state tournament, Soler said he stood at 5-foot-7 and 148 pounds
without cutting weight.
Shortly after he walks out of the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night, he will return
to his new normal size: 5-11, 172
“After state last year, everything I ate, I kept gaining weight,” Soler said. “I knew I
would get big eventually. I have
always been a late bloomer.”
If Soler really wanted to, he could have cut weight and competed in the 152
weight class this season.
But Soler wanted to see through Running Start at Everett Community College.
He is expected to finish two years
of college by the spring, and is set to enroll in nursing school.
Cutting a huge amount of weight this winter, Soler admitted, could have
adversely affected his studying.
“I am not the strongest (170-pounder),” Soler said. “But nobody bullies me.”
Brent Barnes jokes Soler “won’t win any sprints” against other guys his size, or is
even a fantastic athlete — or
could win a body-building contest against high school training partner Malachi
Lawrence, who looks like a mini-
Hercules in the 160 class.
“But Michael is a great wrestler,” Barnes said. “He knows what he is doing. He
knows where his body is at all
times. It’s because (the Solers) have spent so much time on the mat. As little
kids, they were going at it 4-5 nights
a week, so they have a great feel for everything.”
February 18, 2016
The News Tribune’s 2016 class of wrestling Untouchables
Michael Soler (170)
Lake Stevens (4A), senior, 27-2 (110-17 career)
Hard to imagine Soler could end his high school career this weekend with twice as many state championships as his older brother Eric. Is the four-timer club saturating? Mat Classic has crowned one each of the past seven years when there had only been four to do so from 1953-2008. But only Soler would own four Class 4A state titles. “He absolutely knows how to step up for big matches,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “And he has a knack for putting together a phenomenal game plan on his own. He has already mapped a way to attack somebody.”
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Prep zone: Viking wrestlers look for fourth state title
When the high school wrestling state championships will take place at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday, two local athletes will be looking to make history.
Jordyn Bartleson from Puyallup High School is looking for her fourth Mat Classic state title, but she's not the only Viking going for a fourth crown.
Brent Barnes has been the wrestling coach at Lake Stevens for 29 years.
"It's the best part of the day, going to practice. It really is. I enjoy it -- the learning process, the development process, seeing the wrestlers grow up from freshman to seniors. It's pretty awesome," said Barnes.
"I love the discipline, I love how it's changed me as a person," said Trysten Perales.
Perales, 17, is a senior at Lake Stevens High School.
"Wrestling teaches you humility, it teaches you how to deal with defeat, it teaches you how to get your hand raised and how to shake hands after you get your butt kicked," Barnes said.
Perales has been on the mat since the 2nd grade and always dreamed of wrestling at Lave Stevens.
"To wrestle for Lake Stevens means you're part of something special, it means you're part of a legacy that's been built from the guys before me," said Perales.
It's a program built on toughness, passion, and focus, which has equaled a lot of wins.
Since 1990 the Vikings have won 10 state team titles.
"I love competing on the big stage," said Michael Soler.
He's been in the spotlight since he arrived at Lake Stevens.
"I don't think I've coached a kid thats a better competitor, gamer than Michael Soler. He's won some enormous bouts in the state finals," Barnes said.
"I think every little kid that's in wrestling from a young age wants to be a four-time state champ," said Soler.
Now his dream is close to reality.
As a freshman Soler burst onto the scene winning the 106 lbs. weight class. A year later, another title -- this time at 113 lbs.
"In the finals I was down by one with 8 seconds left. I got 2 points with seconds left against a kid that beat me earlier in the year. It was a big match," said Soler.
Last year at 132 lbs. wasn't much easier.
"Junior year I had a two time state champ in the finals, another great match," said Soler.
And once again he won.
"It's always fun giving your coach a hug after it and that's why you do it," Soler said.
"He finds a way and his focus is pretty good," said Barnes.
Barnes is no stranger to coaching a four-time state champion. In 2002, his son Burke made history and became the first wrestler from a 4A or 3A school to win four in a row.
"What happens with these guys, like my son and Michael, they start hearing it at a young age -- 'Hey, you're going to be a four-time state champion. You're going to win four titles.' And it never goes away, so they either have to be very resiliant or they have to have a way of dealing with that type of pressure and thats what Michael does a great job of," said Barnes.
Wrestling and state titles are "all in the family" for the Solers.
Michael's older brother Eric won state titles for Lake Stevens in 2012 and 2013.
February 15, 2016
Lake Stevens wrestler seeks fourth state title at this weekend’s Mat Classic
With great tradition, come great expectations – a theme familiar to the wrestlers at Lake Stevens High School.
“Everyone just expects us to do well, and we expect to do well,” senior Michael Soler said.
Six state titles in the last decade and a runner-up finish last year have that effect.
But the opportunity this week doesn’t get any bigger for the Vikings’ Michael Soler, looking to become just the 13th four-time individual state champion in Mat Classic history.
“It’d just be a fun way to finish my high school career," Soler said. "Especially if we get the team title. The team title would be pretty awesome.”
“That’d be huge for him," said senior Jake Douglas. "He’d be the first 4A four-time state champ – that’d be pretty legendary actually.”
Soler won his first state title at 106 pounds and then his sophomore year at 113 pounds. Last year he did it at 132 pounds, which makes this year’s attempt at 170 pounds a daunting task. But his experience at the Tacoma Dome will certainly help.
“Just kind of learn how to compete on the big stage – not to get caught up in all the bright lights and stuff,” Soler said.
“He’s handled it incredibly well," Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes said. "He’s very good at compartmentalizing that. And focusing on the good things. The journey. He’s had a smile on his face everyday when he comes here.”
And regardless of the result, the journey – for Soler and his teammates – might ultimately end up being the biggest prize of all.
“This team has been great to see how everyone feeds off each other. We’re all growing as a team together and building each other up. No one’s tearing each other down,” Douglas said.
Added Soler: "The kids on the team are my best friends. No other kids are like them because you go through so much hard stuff together, that you just bond. There’s nothing like it.”
EVERETT — In the first match of a double dual on Thursday at Cascade High School, the Jackson wrestling team did what no other Wesco 4A team could for eight years — beat Lake Stevens. Jackson tied the Vikings 37 apiece after the match’s 14 bouts, winning via tiebreaker criteria. Under revamped high school rules, the first criterion is unsportsmanlike conduct calls, and Lake Stevens was assessed one such penalty during the match without any being whistled on the Timberwolves. It is the first Wesco 4A defeat for Lake Stevens since the Vikings lost at Snohomish on Jan. 17, 2008, nearly eight years to the day to when Jackson knocked off the nine-time 4A state champions. “We’ve been building and improving each year,” said Jackson coach Sherm Iversen, who was a Lake Stevens assistant for four years earlier in his career. “Sometimes it really depends on how you line up with the other team, and we just had a lot of kids wrestle really well and we got a lot of pins.” Did they ever — each team registered five victories via pinfall in the match. In fairness to the Vikings, three-time state champion Michael Soler and returning state finalist Jake Douglas were out of action for Lake Stevens on Thursday, and head coach Brent Barnes also missed the match due to illness. Iversen said Barnes texted his congratulations after the Timberwolves’ win. “The Lake Stevens wrestlers and coaches wrestled really tough and were really respectful. We appreciated that,” Iversen said. The match started at 160 pounds, and Lake Stevens’ Angelo Loera pinned Sam Jenkins to get things started. Senior tri-captain Bradley Martin knotted the score at six with a pin of his own for Jackson, but Malachi Lawrence decked Garrett Miller to answer for Lake Stevens, making it 12-6. Jackson took early control of the match in the upper weights, as Johnny Navarro, Jose Viayra and Tyler Bennett registered consecutive pins at 195, 220 and 285 pounds for the Timberwolves. In dual-meet losses to Tahoma and Moses Lake this season, the upper weights have been problematic for the Vikings, who are starting inexperienced wrestlers at those spots. In all three duals, including Thursday’s, Lake Stevens has lost via pinfall at all three upper weights. The Vikings regained control and even took the lead in the lower weights, as Jake Bennett (106) and Nate Scilley (126) bookended a four-bout run for Lake Stevens that yielded 19 points and gave it a 31-24 advantage. Jackson roared back to tie the match at 31 after Cole Anderson picked up a 12-1 major decision over Talon Tate at 132 and Trevor Cook beat Lake Stevens freshman Isaac Gust 5-2 at 138. Tristan Weisser’s first-period pin at 145 pounds gave the Timberwolves a 37-31 lead heading into the last bout of the match, where Lake Stevens standout Trysten Perales squared off with Dartagnan Phan of Jackson. “Dartagnan was a regional participant last year and has been getting better all year, and he knew that if he didn’t get pinned, we win the dual,” Iversen said. But against Perales, a Tri-State finalist, a placer at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in California as well as a returning Mat Classic placer, that’s exactly what happened. Phan was pinned with just :16 remaining in the bout to forge a tie. “Dartagnan was doing a heck of a job when he got knocked over to a hip, and Perales threw him on his back and pinned him,” Iversen said. The two teams paced anxiously while match official Shawn O’Donnell consulted his rule book to go through the criteria. The process was hampered by the fact that Cascade’s gym only had the team score for the Bruins’ dual with Monroe — happening concurrently with Lake Stevens-Jackson — showing on the gym scoreboard. The Jackson-Lake Stevens match only had a smaller digital scoreboard showing the results of each match. “At first, they were all slightly shocked to realize that we were in it like that,” Iversen said. So nobody in the crowd had any idea that the teams were tied after 14 bouts unless they were keeping score themselves. When the final decision came, the Jackson bench went predictably bonkers. “The guys went crazy,” Iversen said. “They were pretty excited, but I kept telling them that we had another dual to wrestle. Monroe’s tough.” In another tight contest, the Timberwolves defeated the Bearcats 39-36, with Phan closing it out this time with a pin at 160 pounds. “It definitely gives the guys more confidence heading into districts,” Iversen said of the historic sweep.
SILVERDALE — With its core four reduced to a trio on Saturday with coach Brent Barnes resting Michael Soler, the Lake Stevens wrestling team still sparkled at the 39th annual MatMan Classic at Central Kitsap High School.Jake Douglas (145 pounds), Trysten Perales (152) and Malachi Lawrence (160) captured individual titles in the last three matches of the tournament to lead the Vikings to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.“It was a real solid tournament,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “It was great to see Moses Lake again, great to see the peninsula schools and great to see Graham-Kapowsin again. It was our last big varsity tournament before we get to districts, and we didn’t have any major injuries.
”Moses Lake won the tournament with 176 points, followed by Orting (163.5) and Mount Spokane (137.5).
Perales and Douglas both won titles while wrestling up a weight class, decisions Barnes attributed to trying to find the best competition.
Perales met Arlington’s Cooper McAuslan in the 152-pound final, prevailing in a 7-2 decision.“Trysten just worked really hard, kept the pace really high and got to (McAuslan’s) legs a couple of times,” Barnes said. “He did a good job on the edge of the mat and was really aware of where he was.”Arlington coach Rick Iversen, who noted McAuslan will drop to 145 for the postseason, said that McAuslan caught the short end of a clash of styles.“They’re different beasts,” Iversen said. “Cooper wasn’t able to get to Perales, who took it straight to him. It wasn’t much of a match. Perales got after it well.”
Douglas caught Orting’s Ben Gore in a front head lock in the second period of their 145-pound title bout, taking him down for a 3-0 lead that he would protect in a 3-1 victory.“It was a pretty defensive match without a lot of action, and I think that’s definitely the kind of match Jake likes to wrestle.”
Douglas beat Arlington’s Jeremy Nygard 4-2 in the semifinals in another cagey contest.“Douglas took him down and from then on it was trying to slide uphill for Jeremy,” Iversen said. “It was a tight match and Jeremy could never really get back in it, even when they were back on their feet. Jeremy wrestled it smart, but Douglas was even smarter. It was a great match.”
Lawrence was on his way toward a 1-0 decision over Enumclaw’s Tanner Turnbow in the 160-pound final, when the Lake Stevens sophomore turned him from the top position and earned a pin at 5:16.“Malachi is starting to figure it out,” Barnes said. “He’s starting to get his offense back, and hopefully that can be a turning point for us.
Mat Man Tournament Placers:
145lbs Jake Douglas Champion 152lbs Trysten Perales Champion 160lbs Malachi Lawrence Champion 106lbs Jacob Bennett 4th
Team Placing: 5th
January 14, 2016
Lake Stevens 56 Monroe 12
January 9, 2016
Perales, Soler sixth for Vikings at Doc Buchanan Invite
Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016, 12:08 a.m.
CLOVIS, Calif. — Lake Stevens' 145-pounder Trysten Perales continued his sensational senior campaign at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Invite on Saturday, placing sixth in his stacked division.Perales joined the Vikings' Michael Soler as the only Lake Stevens wrestlers to place at the tournament. Soler also placed sixth after aggravating the rib injury that kept him out of Lake Stevens' dual against Moses Lake on Dec. 30.Perales, who Vikings coach Brent Barnes said is the team's best wrestler at the moment, knocked off the tournament's sixth and fifth seeds in succession in the consolation bracket on Saturday.A 6-2 loss to third-seeded Ruben Garcia of Selma (Calif.) in the consolation semifinals sent Perales to the match for fifth and sixth place, where he dropped a 6-5 decision to De La Salle (Calif.)'s Peyton Omania.“Watching him compete this weekend just verified everything we already knew about what he could be,” Barnes said of Perales. “Being here really helps him refine his style. He's not physically developed yet, but he's got a great body with long levers. He's got a great gas tank which enables him to really push. He has a really high ceiling.”Soler was set for a titanic semifinal with nationally-ranked Joe Grello of Bergen Catholic (N.J.), which wound up winning the team title Saturday.That never materialized, as Soler was pinned in :46 after his rib acted up.Soler forfeited his final two matches and finished in sixth place.“We just decided it wasn't worth it to keep going, since these matches are really meaningless,” Barnes said. “Under different circumstances he could have kept going, but we just want to make sure he's healthy.”Lake Stevens placed 20th in the 93-team field.
Lake Stevens’ Soler reaches semifinals at Buchanan Invite
Published: Friday, January 8, 2016, 8:35 p.m.
CLOVIS, Calif. — Lake Stevens senior wrestler Michael Soler advanced to the semifinal round of the prestigious Doc Buchanan Invitational on Friday.Soler, a three-time state champion, is the third seed in the 32-man bracket at 170 pounds.He pinned his first two opponents before earning a 12-10 decision in his quarterfinal match.His semifinal opponent will be Joe Grello of Bergen Catholic (N.J.), the second-ranked team in the U.S. according to Intermat.Grello, a Rutgers commit, is ranked 11th nationally.Elsewhere for Douglas, the fifth seed at 138, wasn't able to overcome two first-period takedowns in his quarterfinal and lost 5-3 to fourth-seeded Chris Sandoval of Pueblo County (Colo.).Perales, the ninth seed at 145, was dealt a 12-2 major decision by top-seeded Zander Wick of San Marino (Calif.), a Wisconsin commit ranked fifth nationally the Vikings, Jake Douglas and Trysten Perales reached the quarterfinals of the 138- and 145-pound brackets, respectively, but lost via decisions..
January 6, 2016
Lake Stevens 53 Snohomish 18
106—Jake Bennett (LS) beat Josh Ren 11-1 113—Dyllan Meyer (S) beat Sean Barnes 8-7 120— Nathan Scilley (LS) beat Matt Doran 10-0 126—Gino Loera (LS) pinned Josue Barajas 1:40 132—Conner Snow (S) beat Talon Tate 15-6 138— Cody Lacoursier (LS) won by injury default Daniel Rojas 145—Jake Douglas (LS) pinned Preston Smith 0:39 seconds 152—Tristan Peraleis (LS) pinned Ben Kloes 1:23 160—Wyatt Butler (S) won by technical fall over Angelo Loera 170—Malachai Lawrence (LS) pinned Tanner Sweeney 1:14 182—Michael Soler (LS) pinned Mark Currier 1:27 195—Mitch Firth (LS) beat Frank Daniel 8-6 220—Ryne Pearson (LS) pinned Matt Currier 3:47 285—Wyatt Gardner (S) pinned Seth Reyna 0:45
Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 10:57 p.m.
LAKE STEVENS — Through eight bouts in Wednesday night's 4A wrestling showdown between Lake Stevens and Moses Lake, the two powerhouses from opposite sides of the Cascades were deadlocked at 20 points apiece.That's when the Chiefs' depth, and the Vikings lack thereof at the upper weights, were exposed.Moses Lake registered pinfalls in five of the final six bouts of the match to register a 47-19 victory, but one that was not nearly as lopsided than the score indicated.Lake Stevens was docked a team point after the bout at 160 pounds for unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Chiefs a 20-19 lead after eight bouts.Moses Lake rolled from there, and in similar fashion to the Vikings dual defeat against Tahoma earlier in December, the bottom of the Lake Stevens lineup gave way.“Moses Lake is just so good from top to bottom, and we would have had to wrestle a near-perfect match to beat them in a dual,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “They're on top right now, and it showed tonight.”The presence of senior Michael Soler, out Wednesday after suffering a rib injury in practice during the week, likely wouldn't have made the difference between winning and losing for Lake Stevens, but it would have offered the crowd a tantalizing matchup at 170 pounds between a three-time state champ in Soler and the defending 160-pound champion in Moses Lake's Hudson Mauseth.The Vikings would have found it tough to knock off the Chiefs on Wednesday even with a full lineup that included Soler and Gino and Angelo Loera.“It's unfortunate that we weren't able to put a better team on the mat tonight,” Barnes said. “We didn't have all of our pieces.”Even so, there were plenty of teachable moments for Barnes and his staff coming out of Wednesday's defeat, as tough as it is to sell the idea of “the process” to high school athletes.“We have to work on everything,” Barnes said. “I thought they were able to get to our guys' legs a little bit tonight and we have to work on that, but it's everything.”Barnes inserted Malachi Lawrence at 170 pounds in place of Soler, and the sophomore Tri-State finalist had a tough test in Mauseth.“I knew he had a very wide offense and was very aggressive,” Lawrence said of Mauseth. “I came out a little bit more defensive-minded than maybe I normally would and it was tough for me to start my own offense.”After taking an early 2-0 lead with a takedown late in the first period, Mauseth stood tall when Lawrence tied the match with a pair of escapes.After Lawrence rolled his ankle midway through the third period, Mauseth took him down on the edge of the mat with :39 seconds to go to take a 5-2 lead that would become the winning margin.“I thought Hudson wrestled one of his best matches of the year tonight,” Moses Lake coach Jaime Garza said. “He didn't have such a great Tri-State, but he's back. He was forcing shots that weren't there too often earlier in the season and tonight he just took what was there.”Barnes said a match like Wednesday's would offer his team a chance to take stock before the stretch drive to February's postseason.“There's no better way to test yourself than to go out there and put your pride on the line,” he said. “It's fruitless and dishonest to tell kids, ‘This doesn't matter. Just worry about February.' But there were a lot of valuable things to take from tonight.”At Lake Stevens H.S.106—Jacob Bennett (LS) pinned Caleb Alvarado 5:54 113—Jesus Cornejo (ML) dec. Shawn Barnes 2-0 120—Kyle LaCoursiere (LS) pinned August Gibson 3:54 126—Nick Hara (ML) dec. Nathan Scilley 8-4 132—Christien Knopp (ML) dec. Talon Tate 6-3 138—Cooper McCullough (ML) dec. Cody LaCoursiere 18-2 (TF 5:50) 145—Jake Douglas (LS) maj. dec. Hunter Cruz 10-1 152—Trysten Perales (LS) maj. dec. Cyrus Knoll 12-3 160—Joel Torres (ML) pinned Nick Jensen 1:43 170—Hudson Mauseth (ML) dec. Malachi Lawrence 5-2 182—Dylan Morris (ML) pinned Ray Miller :54 195—Damain Vasquez (ML) pinned Mitch Firth 2:42 220—Payton Castro (ML) pinned Ryne Pearson 1:20 285—Chandler Fluaitt (ML) pinned Seth Reyna :35.
December 30, 2015
Lake Stevens 61 Mt Vernon 15
106—Jacob Bennett (LS) won by forfeit 113—Riley Headland (LS) pinned Logan Cossairt 3:33 120—Kyle LaCoursiere (LS) won by forfeit 126—Nathan Scilley (LS) won by forfeit 132—Talon Tate (LS) pinned Andrew Kolb 1:25 138—Cody LaCoursiere pinned Landon Edwards 5:17 145—Julian Fryberg (LS) maj. dec. Jerry Fernandez 10-2 152—Trysten Perales (LS) pinned River Greenwood 1:32 160—Zachary Cleave (MV) pinned Nick Jensen 4:43 170—Cody McCally (LS) dec. Evan Reyes 11-4 182—Ray Miller (LS) won by forfeit 195—Mitch Firth (LS) won by forfeit 220—Essa Kouyate (MV) dec. Justin Thompson 8-1 285—Draven Hodgins (MV) pinned Seth Reyna :42.
December 19, 2015
Jake Douglas 138lb Tri State Champion
Tri State Placers:
138lbs Jake Douglas Champion 145lbs Trysten Perales 2nd Place 160lbs Malachi Lawrence 2nd Place 170lbs Michael Soler 2nd Place 98lbs Jake Bennett 4th Place 98lbs Markus Johnson 8th Place
Published: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 11:58 p.m.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The Lake Stevens wrestling team placed third Saturday, tops among all Washington programs, at the Tri-State tournament hosted by North Idaho College. Lake Stevens finished with 162 points, behind winners Post Falls (Idaho) and second-place Hermiston (Ore.)
The Vikings sent four wrestlers to Saturday’s championship round, emerging with one champion and three tight defeats against elite competition.
Jake Douglas captured the 138-pound weight class with a 3-2 decision over Tyler Wolf of Post Falls, cementing his status as an odds-on favorite to end his senior campaign with a WIAA championship.
Trysten Perales (145), Malachi Lawrence (160) and Michael Soler (170) all lost in their championship bouts, with Lawrence’s defeat coming at the hands of Edmonds-Woodway’s Mason McDaniel.
A state finalist last year while wrestling for Juanita, McDaniel had been competing at 170 pounds throughout this season until moving down for Tri-State. McDaniel took a 2-0 lead into the third period before surviving a late flurry from Lawrence to claim the title in a 4-3 decision.
Perales dropped a 5-2 decision to Post Falls’ Alius Delarosa at 145 pounds, and Soler suffered his first defeat at 170 pounds in an overtime loss to East Valley Spokane’s Trey Meyer.
Meyer, an Iowa State commit and a 2014 national freestyle champion, entered the weekend ranked 20th by Intermat at 160 pounds, but projects as a 174-pounder for the Cyclones.
The match was scoreless through two periods, but Soler earned an escape in the third to take a 1-0 lead. Meyer tied the score in the very late going to force sudden-victory overtime.
Top 5 Team Placings:
1st Post Falls, ID. 2nd Hermiston, OR. 3rd Lake Stevens, WA. 4th Central Valley, WA. 5th Orting, WA.
December 20, 2015
Lake Stevens wrestler Michael Soler truly has grown up this season and will wrestle at 170 pounds this season after winning 4A state titles at 132 as a junior, at 113 as a sophomore and at 106 as a freshman.
LAKE STEVENS – When Lake Stevens’ Michael Soler stepped onto center stage at last season’s Mat Classic final at 132 pounds in Class 4A, his appearance was that of a boy facing a man.
It was the boyish-looking Soler, then a two-time state champion, pitted against mustachioed Pasco senior Timmy Martinez, another two-time champ.
It was then that the boy truly emerged as a man on the wrestling mat. He scored a hard-earned 5-4 decision.
“Last year, when he walked out there we knew there was a returning two-time champion from Pasco who was really physically mature,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said of Soler, who attempts to join Barnes’ son, Burke, as the school’s four-time champions. “Michael walked out there and looked like a little boy. If he can overcome that and deal with that and the path he had to get through last year, he’ll be fine.”
Soler, now 5 feet 11, 170 pounds, grew more than five inches and gained 48 pounds during the offseason, and his plans are to wrestle at 170 pounds in his pursuit of history.
“Over the summer, he just sprouted,” said fellow Viking Jake Douglas, the team’s 145-pounder and Soler’s good friend.
Soler, off to a 10-0 start with six pins, appears to be more aggressive and decisive this season.
“It feels good going up (in weight) and I’m not cutting so much weight as I have in the past,” Soler said. “I grew a lot this summer. I’m going out there pretty much wrestling the same style. There’s just a little bigger kids, and I’m quicker than them.
“Things haven’t changed much.”
Soler’s confidence showed in Thursday’s showdown of Class 4A powers between his Vikings and Tahoma. He cut loose his opponent, Gage Dress-Moran, three times in an attempt to find a weakness. Soler scored a pin in 1:36 with furious attack after attack.
The competition might be able to rest easy after high school as Soler’s main focus is to become a doctor. Soler is part of the Running Start program to earn college credits while in high school.
Soler, who owns a 3.9 GPA, just got an A-minus in one of those college classes – political science — and it didn’t sit well with him.
“I didn’t get a B, but I didn’t get an A,” Soler said, shaking his head.
For Soler, it’s not about piling up the medals and trophies. It’s about doing his best and giving his best. In fact, Soler doesn’t display his medals in his bedroom and says his father, Al, has all of those trophies and medals.
“With (the four titles) being so important, it’s not really something I’ve really thought of it that much, and I’m just trying to win and have fun,” said Soler, who started coming to the Lake Stevens wrestling room at age 3 with his brother, Eric, who went on to win two state titles for the Vikings. “The last four years, the coaches and I have really developed a style of attacking and having a game plan.”
Barnes thinks Soler’s humility serves him well in the chase.
“He’s going to go out and have fun with the sport and he’s going to work really hard,” Barnes said. “He’s going to spend time working at the craft and let the chips fall where they may. You can’t will these things. You work for them.”
December 16, 2015
Lake Stevens 65 Kamiak 15
December 16, 2015
Lake Stevens 63 Mariner 14
106—Jacob Bennett (LS) pinned Payton Britton 1:13 113—Riley Headland (LS) won by forfeit 120—Kyle LaCoursiere (LS) pinned Johnny Vo :49 126—Levi Weaver (M) dec. Seth Nickerson 20-3 (TF) 132—Talon Tate (LS) pinned Ryan Fry :20 138—Cody LaCoursiere (LS) dec. Kevin Mach 12-6 145—Jake Douglas (LS) pinned Joshua Giron :25 152—Trysten Perales (LS) pinned Petro Savchuk :52 160—Ethan Paisley (LS) pinned Arundet Mee :52 170—Michael Soler (LS) won by forfeit 182—Malachi Lawrence (LS) won by forfeit 195—Ray Miller (LS) pinned Jose Parra :10 220—Cayden Herbert (M) dec. Justin Thompson 5-3 285—Alex Tran (M) pinned Seth Reyna :50
December 11, 2015
Lake Stevens 47 Bethel 21
106—Jacob Bennett, L, pinned Corey Chabot, B
113—Devin Swain, B, dec. Riley Headland, L, 10-4
120—Kyle Lacoursiere, L, pinned Owen Burger, B
126—Gino Loera, L, pinned Gabe Cristosmo,
132—Talon Tate, L, dec. Kaswe Waters, B, 4-0
138—Cody Lacoursiere, L, major dec. Kasvae Waters, 11-3
145—Jake Douglas, L, tech. fall over Alex Britch, 22-6
152—Trysten Perales, L, pinned Quincy Osterland, B
160—Dante Springsteen, B, pinned Angelo Loera, L
170—Michael Soler, L, tech. fall over Trevor Rep, B, 18-2
182—Malachi Lawrence, L, pinned Kyle Earls, B
195—Mitchell Firth, L, vs. Jacob Olson
220—Avon Fish, B, pinned Ryne Pearson, L
285— B, won by forfeit
December 11, 2015
Lake Stevens 38 Decatur 27
106—Jacob Bennett, L, dec. 4-0
113—A. Avelar, D, dec. Riley Headland, L, 7-5
120—Kyle Lacoursiere, L, pinned A. Thomas, D
126—C. Avelar, D, major dec. Gino Loera, 15-4
132—Talon Tate, L, dec. D. Weir, D, 3-2
138—N. Jones, D, dec. Cody Lacoursiere, L, 9-8
145—Jake Douglas, L, pinned L. Arizpe, D
152—Trysten Perales, L, pinned J. Fleming, D
160—Z. Berry, D, tech. fall Angelo Loera, L, 17-2
170—Michael Soler, L, pinned J. Cassiday, D
182—Malachi Lawrence, L, dec. J.J. Dixon, D, 6-4
195—Mitchell Firth, L, tech. fall E. Benitez, D, 17-2
Published: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 10:18 p.m.
LAKE STEVENS — Brent Barnes and the Lake Stevens wrestling team are hoping December defeats will turn into February victories as the seven underclassmen in the Vikings' lineup learn and improve.The Vikings saw a bit of that growth — along with the typical brilliance of their established stars — in a 40-33 defeat at the hands of visiting Tahoma on Thursday night in a raucous home dual meet.“We're trying to get better every time we step on the mat,” Barnes said. “It's important to get our young guys exposure in these types of matches, and Tahoma is a really good team.”Lake Stevens' seven underclassmen went 2-5 against the Bears, but the two victories nearly bookended a Viking comeback.The match started at 106 pounds, and the Bears took a 7-0 lead after the first two bouts, as Lake Stevens sophomore Jake Bennett and freshman Riley Headland suffered defeats via decision and major decision, respectively.The match was in real danger of getting away from Lake Stevens early, but freshman Kyle LeCoursiere gave the Vikings a huge jolt — and electrified the crowd — with a third-period pin of Tahoma's Joe Novak at 120 pounds to make the score 7-6.LeCoursiere tried to catch Novak in a cradle throughout the match, finally nailing it with just 21 seconds remaining.“It was pretty impressive for a freshman in that environment,” Barnes said. “It helps that Kyle is really strong and has a big gas tank.”LeCoursiere, whose older brother Cody lost his match at 138 pounds on Thursday against returning third-place state finisher Justin Sipila, will have a lasting memory of his first home match in a Viking singlet.“It's just all excitement right now. I'm trying to not let my adrenaline get too high,” LeCoursiere said. “Being under the light for the first time was awesome, and it meant a lot to the team at the time. Nobody expects a freshman to pin a junior like that.”Certainly not Tahoma coach Chris Feist, who shuffled his lineup starting with Sipila's spot in hopes of recouping the points lost at 120.Instead of the titillating matchup of Sipila and Lake Stevens returning state finalist Jake Douglas at 145, Feist sent Sipila, who lost to Lake Stevens' Alex Rodorigo in the state semifinals last season, out at 138.“We had a couple of scenarios ready depending on how they bumped people and moved people around,” Feist said.Feist's moves didn't pay immediate dividends as the Vikings ran off a string of five consecutive victories — four via pinfall — to take a 33-22 lead with three bouts remaining.It was the core four of the Vikings lineup that, to nobody's surprise, led the comeback.Douglas turned one catastrophic mistake by Tahoma's Ryden Fu into a pin at 145. After doing a full roll along the edge of the mat to avoid a precarious situation himself in the early going, Douglas caught Fu's leg and held it in the air for a good 15 seconds.While Fu displayed remarkable balance and flexibility in staying upright while balancing on one foot for that long, Douglas waited him out in the center of the mat.“He tried to flip out of it and I caught him on his back,” Douglas said. “A lot of it was just being patient and waiting for him to make a mistake.”Trysten Perales powered past Max Rappen at 152 for a fall at 3:03, and after Angelo Loera ground out a 6-4 decision at 160, three-time state champion Michael Soler, wrestling at home for the first time in what could be an epic senior campaign, put on a show.Up to 170 pounds after winning state titles at 106, 113 and 132, Soler toyed with Tahoma's Gage Dress-Moran, taking him down and cutting him three times in the first minute of the first period before recording the pin at 1:36.It was a startling display of physicality from an athlete who had made his living as a savvy, finesse wrestler up until this season.“I was feeling pretty good being in front of the home crowd, and I just wanted to go out there and dominate someone,” Soler said. “I knew I had to pin him, so I couldn't mess around too long.”Sophomore Malachi Lawrence also recorded a quick pinfall to leave an 11-point lead to the inexperienced trio of Mitch Firth, Ryne Pearson and Seth Reyna at the bottom of the lineup.They couldn't hold it.All three were pinned in the first period to swing the match back in Tahoma's favor, but the hope is that the experience gained Thursday night will be paid back with interest in February.“It's a great building period for our team,” Douglas said. “We're building morale and seeing what mistakes we're making so we can fix them as a team.”At Lake Stevens H.S.106—Austin Michalski (T) dec. Jake Bennett 7-3 113—Izzy Murietta (T) maj. dec. Riley Headland 13-4 120—Kyle LeCoursiere (LS) pinned Joe Novak 5:39 126—Cameron Hansen (T) dec. Gino Loera 7-2 132—Nick Whitehead (T) pinned Talon Tate 1:09 138—Justin Sipila (T) pinned Cody LeCoursiere 3:37 145—Jake Douglas (LS) pinned Ryden Fu 3:11 152—Trysten Perales (LS) pinned Max Rappen 3:03 160—Angelo Loera (LS) dec. Steven Reive 6-4 170—Michael Soler (LS) pinned Gage Dress-Moran 1:36 182—Malachi Lawrence (LS) pinned Colten Douglas :34 195—Dagen Kramer (T) pinned Mitch Firth :18 220—Mike Clausen (T) pinned Ryne Pearson :38 285—Nic Carbone (T) pinned Seth Reyna 1:18
Lake Stevens’ Michael Soler looks just fine at 170 pounds.
In the three-time 4A state champion’s first outing at his new weight class after competing at 132 pounds as a junior, Soler took a 5-0 decision over Billings Skyview’s Jake Malachuski to help the Vikings to a second-place finish on Saturday.
Lake Stevens finished behind Post Falls (Idaho) in the 22-team tournament on the strength of five wrestlers making it to the final round.
Soler was the only victor, but Jake Bennett (106), Jake Douglas (145), Trysten Perales (152) and Malachi Lawrence (182) all tested themselves against top-flight competition throughout the two-day event.
Team Placings (top 5):
1st Post Falls ID. 2nd Lake Stevens 3rd Billings Skyview 4th Billings Senior 5th Sidney
Team Dual Tournament Results: Lake Stevens 49 Sidney 15 Lake Stevens 39 Billings Senior 20 Lake Stevens 21 Post Fall 49
Prep wrestling preview: Five to watch (Everett Herald)
December 4, 2015
Lake Stevens | Sr.
After winning state titles at 106, 113 and 132 pounds in his first three season with the Vikings, Soler will make a big jump to 170 pounds in his senior season as he attempts to become the first 4A four-time champion since Burke Barnes — the son of Vikings coach Brent Barnes — in 2002.
“If you look at his brother (Eric), who was 145 when he got out of high school and then 190 the next year, they both have that in them,” Brent Barnes said. “He’s comfortable with the weight class he’s at right now and we’re shooting for 170.”
Barnes expects Soler to handle any hoopla surrounding his run at history with his typical poise and calm.
“He is really well-centered and has it together more so than most high school kids,” Barnes said.
Jake Douglas Lake Stevens | Sr.
After completing a sterling regular season last year as a junior, Douglas won a pair of one-point decisions on his way to the state final.
Douglas dropped a 1-0 decision to Central Valley’s Blake Beard in the championship, largely because he wasn’t able to get an escape when he needed it most.
“He lost that match because he couldn’t get away, and I’m sure that’s sticking in his craw a little bit and has been an area of emphasis for him,” Vikings coach Brent Barnes said.” Jake has been really good underneath so that was strange that he would lose a match like that.”
Before he set about working his way back to the state finals at roughly the same 138 pounds as last season, Douglas went to two large national tournaments in the offseason to attract the attention of collegiate coaches.
“It’s just about really fine details for him,” Barnes said. “He’s just expanding the stuff that he already does and focusing on a specific style of wrestling.”
TACOMA — To a man, the Lake Stevens wrestling team said over and over again during the weekend at Mat Classic XXVII that earning a third consecutive Class 4A team title overshadowed any individual goals or accomplishments.After falling behind Moses Lake after the afternoon session on Friday, the Vikings scratched and clawed their way back into contention for the crown, taking the Chiefs down to the wire before coming up just short.The individual exploits of the Vikings — and the knowledge that they did everything they could to push the Chiefs — will have to sustain the perennial 4A power until they make their next run at the title next season.Junior 132-pounder Michael Soler, the very embodiment of a tournament winner, won his third state championship in as many years on Saturday night, defeating Pasco's Timmy Martinez 5-4 in an epic clash that captivated the Tacoma Dome crowd.He now follows Josh Heinzer as the latest Lake Stevens wrestler to win three titles, and will make his run at four titles and the accompanying immortality as a senior with his customary cool and grace.Senior Cody Vigoren completed his destruction of the 195-pound bracket with a first-period pin of Tahoma's Adam Hokenson on Saturday night.It was his fourth pinfall in as many matches this tourney, and his eighth consecutive pin at Mat Classic. The Wyoming-bound Vigoren has won back-to-back state titles without ever needing the full six minutes to eliminate his opponents.But both wrestlers were emotional after Moses Lake's Hudson Mauseth clinched the team title for the Chiefs with a 7-4 decision over Union's Michael Snediker.“It's very bittersweet,” Vigoren said. “There's no feeling like having so many guys work so hard for each other. It's tough knowing that I'll never be on a team with these guys again. They're the best teammates anyone could ever ask for.”The Vikings trailed Moses Lake 107-103 heading into the finals, but even with four finalists compared to Moses Lake's three, Lake Stevens still couldn't make up the difference.Senior Alex Rodorigo lost to Yelm's Darren Harris in the 126-pound final, and 138-pounder Jake Douglas lost a 1-0 match to Central Valley's Blake Beard at 138.“We wrestled really well, and did everything we could possibly do to push Moses Lake, but they were just better than us, a little deeper,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “But it was fun for everyone to have a race that close.”Soler did his part with his win over Martinez, taking him down early and nearly pinning him with a cradle in the first period before, in his estimation, getting turned from underneath for the first time this season.He took a 5-2 lead into the second period and rode Martinez out before allowing two back points in the third period for the final margin. Still, Soler was a cool customer after the win.“I wasn't worried except for when he caught me in that nasty tilt he has,” he said. “It's by far the biggest win of my career because he's one of the best kids I've ever wrestled.”Martinez, a senior, was denied a third straight championship by Soler.Soler benefited from a gamble by Martinez and Pasco coach Jay Covington in the third period that didn't pay off.Martinez , trailing 5-4, could have elected to cut Soler and cede the one-point escape in hopes of taking him down to tie the match, but elected to try and turn him a second time.“I was a little surprised,” Barnes said of Martinez's strategy. “I thought Michael getting the quick takedown really set the tone for the match, and maybe they didn't want it to happen again.”As always, Soler managed to get the job done.“Michael is just amazing,” Barnes said. “He's just the consummate competitor and he has ice in his veins. If you look at him physically he's not the most imposing guy, but he more than makes up for it with savvy and technique. He's just a flat-out winner.”Vigoren, by contrast, was all power and aggression throughout the weekend.“I was just on a mission,” he said.But even his four pinfalls came with the considerations of his team in the back of his mind.“My team needed pins to earn extra team points, and I tried to do whatever I could for the team.”
February 21, 2015
Vikings’ Michael Soler golden a third time | 4A wrestling
Originally published February 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm
Updated February 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm
Junior 132-pounder wins his third straight state title. Cody Vigoren also a champ for Vikings at 4A wrestling finals....
TACOMA — The sense of satisfaction matched the size of Michael Soler’s smile.
Both were immense after Soler survived the toughest weight class in the 4A state wrestling tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome to claim his third straight championship.
The Lake Stevens junior edged Pasco’s Timmy Martinez, a two-time champ in his own right, in the 132-pound final, 5-4, after beating a two-time silver medalist in the semifinals.
“I went out there knowing I earned it,” said Soler, who now has the chance to join the elite club of four-time champions next season. “Me and my teammates, we worked so hard this year. I just had no doubt I was going to be able to pull it out.”
Senior teammate Cody Vigoren successfully defended his title at 195, but the Vikings came up short in their bid to win a third consecutive team championship and 10th overall. Moses Lake’s early lead proved too much to overcome and the Chiefs came out on top, 117-113. It’s their 18th title, but first since 2002.
Moses Lake, which was second to Lake Stevens last year, produced a pair of champs in Trey Long (113) and Hudson Mauseth (160).
The Vikings had two second-place finishers in Alex Rodorigo (126) and Jake Douglas (138). Douglas took a tough 1-0 loss to Blake Beard, who became Central Valley of Spokane’s first three-time state champion. Rodorigo became another pin victim of Yelm’s Darren Harris, who became a three-time champ.
Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes had no complaints.
“Our kids came in and competed hard and didn’t back down and fought to the bitter end,” he said.
Vigoren pinned Tahoma’s Adam Hokenson in the final and was emotional afterward, not about his victory, or the team’s loss, but because he’ll miss the guys in the wrestling room.
“I have the best teammates ever,” he said
February 14, 2015
Lake Stevens Fans celebrating another Victory
February 14, 2015
Lake Stevens dominates at regionals, advances 11 wrestlers to state
Cody Vigoren was one of four Lake Stevens champions on the day, including Michael Soler (132), who seeks to become a three-time state champion next weekend. Alex Rodorigo (126) and Jake Douglas (138) also took home titles.
SNOHOMISH — Cody Vigoren isn’t looking over his shoulder. But he knows the target is there.
As a returning state wrestling champion, Vigoren realizes he gets everyone’s best shot.
“I can’t take anything for granted,” the senior said. “You’ve got to expect the unexpected.”
Still, it was business as usual for Vigoren and the Lake Stevens team at the Class 4A Region I tournament at Snohomish High School on Saturday. He stormed to the 195-pound title with a trio of first-round pins and the third-ranked Vikings won the team crown with 219.5 points, well ahead of second-place Curtis (154.5). They will take 11 wrestlers to state.
“That’s about what I expected,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said as the Vikings take aim at a third straight state championship. “There really were no big surprises either way….The great thing is we have a shot. We put ourselves in position to take a run at it.”
Vigoren was one of four Lake Stevens champions on the day, including Michael Soler (132), who seeks to become a three-time state champion next weekend. Alex Rodorigo (126) and Jake Douglas (138) also took home titles.
Two other Vikings finished second and Mason Beaver lost in the semifinals to Mariner’s Nazara Vasilchenko. Beaver beat Visalchenko in the subregional semis a week earlier.
Vasilchenko, who missed most of the season with an injury, lost in the finals to Jon Bridgman of Curtis.
Rogers of Puyallup also crowned four champions. In all, SPSL South wrestlers won nine titles,
Vigoren (31-4) hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent since his sophomore year, when he placed fourth at state. Also a standout catcher, he once envisioned a professional baseball career. But he said his passion for wrestling grew that 10th-grade season and he began devoting extra time on the mat.
“I still love baseball, but I saw more results in wrestling,” said Vigoren, a 3.9 GPA student who has a wrestling scholarship to Wyoming.
Barnes figures his best is yet to come.
“He’s got a high ceiling,” he said. “I don’t think he’s even scratched the surface yet.”
Soler proved to be the best in state at 106 as a freshman and 113 last year. After growing nearly four inches to 5-8, and adding necessary weight, he’s taken the jump to 132 this season — which might be the toughest 4A weight class. It includes Timmy Martinez of Pasco, also a two-time returning champion, and Cam Sorenson of University, who placed second in 3A the last two years.
“I’m OK with it,” Soler said. “It’s where I’m best. I’m not going to try to avoid anyone.”
February 14, 2015
2015 Wrestlers on their way to State
Champions: 126lbs Alex Rodorigo 132lbs Michael Soler 138lbs Jake Douglas 195lbs Cody Vigoren
3rd Place 106lbs Jake Bennet 126lbs Nico Loera 138lbs Devian Jones 160lbs AngeloLoera
4th Place 132lbs Cody Lacoursiere 145lbs Tristen Sanders
5th Place 285lbs Dylan Hutchinson
6th Place 182lbs Marquize Postlewait 195lbs Mitchell Firth
MTV True Life: On the Mat: story of the 2010-2011 season
High School wrestling is like no other sport. Those who devote themselves to it often say a typical season falls somewhere in between torture and pure hell. Starving to make weight and pushing body and mind to the brink is typical for wrestling team members at Lake Stevens High. With seven Washington state championships under their belt, an incredibly demanding coach, and a student body that expects them to win state every year, the pressure's always on. Last year (2010), the squad finished 4th - which was considered to be a disaster. This year, they're kicking it up a notch and doing everything possible to reclaim their title. Losing is not an option. When you wrestle for Lake Stevens, there's no choice but to leave it all On the Mat
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.
Lake Stevens Wrestling
State Champions: 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016