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
Sidney Eagle Invitational 3rd Place Finish (22 teams) Tri State 5th Place Finish (68 teams) Doc Buchanan Invitational 18th (99 teams)
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
Wrestlers with a 3.5 GPA or Above
2014-2015 120lbs Garrett Gershmel 132lbs Michael Soler (4.0) 138bs Jake Douglas 195lbs Cody Vigoren (4.0)
March 29, 2015
Jake Douglas 2nd Place 138lbs NHSCA National Championships
1. JARRETT DEGEN - MT
2. JAKE DOUGLAS - WA
3. JIMMY FATE - CO
4. JUSTIN DEMICCO - OH
5. MICHAEL VAN BRILL - NJ
6. EVAN FIDELIBUS - PA
7. KOLLIN WADE - NC
8. JOHN HAYDEN HILL - AL
2014-2015 Team Awards
March 5, 2015
Outstanding Wrestler Award: Cody Vigoren
Paul Toomey Award: Nico Loera
Hardest Worker Award: Michael Soler
Inspirational Award: Michael Soler
Coaches Award: Senior Class
All-State Academic Award Champion: Jake Douglas 138lbs
All-State Academic Award Champion runner up: Michael Soler 132lbs
All-State Academic Award Champion honorable Mention: Cody Vigoren 195lbs
February 21, 2015
2015 4A 2nd Place Team State Championships
Mat Classic XXV 4A State Placers
Junior Michael Soler (31-7) 132lb State Champion
February 21, 2015
Michael Soler 3x State Champion 2015 132lb Champion 2014 113lb Champion 2013 106lb Champion
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
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 and 2014