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1x State Champion
2012 126lbs Champion
2011 112lbs 4th
2010 103lbs 5th
1x Regional Champion
2012 126lbs Champion
2011 112lbs 2nd
2010 103lbs 4th
3x District Champion
3x Tri State Placer
2011 126lbs 3rd
2010 112lbs 3rd
2009 103lbs 3rd
Tournament of Champions (CA)
2011 126lb Champion (Outstanding Wrester Award)
HS Record: 104-16
2012 4A 126lb State Champion
126--Eric Soler (LS)Pinned Zack Gracia (WDNV)4:55
126--Eric Soler (LS)Dec Dalton Meyers (KWOD) 8-0
126--Eric Soler (LS) Dec Ares Carpio (TBEA) 6-5
126--Eric Soler (LS) Dec Steven Hopkins (TAHO) 8-6(OT)
Season record: 36-1 (21 falls 4 TF 4 MD)
From the Everett Herald Article:
Several local wrestlers rode upsets to the finals Saturday, perhaps most impressive was Lake Stevens' Eric Soler in the 126-pound 4A class. The Vikings junior defeated two undefeated wrestlers in the semifinals and finals both of which were state champions in 2010.
"It's unbelievable especially with a kid that's had to deal with an ACL reconstruction a year ago," Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. "He comes through maybe the toughest weight class."
Against Steven Hopkins of Tahoma in the final Soler lead 6-4 but let Hopkins back in the match with a final second takedown at the end of the third period. In overtime Soler made one quick move to win the sudden-death match 8-6.
"I had it at the end of the match and I was just getting lazy," Soler said. "I was like (shoot) I've got to step back up."
Soler's win helped propel Lake Stevens to the edge of a team trophy awarded to the 4A teams with the top four scores. The Vikings finished with 91 points.
126lb State Champion Herald athlete of the week: Eric Soler
Prep athlete of the week
Lake Stevens | Boys wrestler
The 126-pound Vikings grappler defeated two previously undefeated wrestlers in the semifinals and finals to win an individual state championship this past weekend at Mat Classic XXIV. Soler made a move in overtime to beat No. 1-ranked Steven Hopkins, of Tahoma, 8-6 in the final.
2012 126lb Regional Champion 2012 District Champion 126lbs (3x District Champ) Fall vs Central Valley
Got another fall vs Snohomish on Friday evening then we traveled to Moses Lake for the Hall of Fame Duals where I got 3 more wins to improve to 24-1(15 falls 3 TF 2 MD)on the season.
132- Soler LS pins Thelen CV 5:27
132- Soler LS Dec Fox ML 7-3
132- Soler LS Dec Nemis Mead 10-5
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Greg Eagle Sno 1:06
2011 Tournament of Champions Lakewood CA.
My team traveled to Lakewood CA to compete in the 21st annual North Torrance tournament of Champions. The tournament is considered one of the toughest in southern California with 86 teams and included two top teams from Arizona and a team from Georgia. I wrestled at 126lbs going 6-0 in a 64-man bracket winning 3 by fall and 3 by tech fall without giving up a single point. In addition to winning the 126lb championship I was also awarded the tournament Outstanding Wrestler Award.
126--Eric Soler (LS) TF Alfredo Orozco (ALA) 15-0
126--Eric Soler (LS) TF Kurtis Gibson (BUE) 15-0
126--Eric Soler (LS) Pinned Christian Rodriguez (ART)
126--Eric Soler (LS) Pinned Dominic Hernandez (CS)
Semi Final Match:
126--Eric Soler (LS) Pinned Joe Locke (VER) (AZ)
126--Eric Soler (LS) TF Brendan Quigley (HI) (GA) 16-0
Season record 25-1 (16 falls 3 TF 2 MD)
Semi Finals Match
2011 Tournament of Champions Outstanding Wrestler Award.
vs Top Ranked Roseburg
132–Eric Soler (LS) pinned Cameron Mesa,3:02
Not only did I score another fall my team got a big win over the top team in Oregon, Roseburg, 33-33 with us winning on criteria.
2011 Tri State 3rd Place Finish
I took 3rd for the third straight year at the Tri State Championships. This year I lost in the semis to 3x State Champ Drew Templeman from Orting in a tough competitive match.
126--Eric Soler (LS)Pinned Jordan Jolley (T) 3:32
126--Eric Soler (LS) Pinned Brian Devine (CD) 3:30
126--Eric Soler (LS)D Beau Gleed (ML) 5-2
126--Eric Soler (LS)Loss to Drew Templeman (O) 4-9
126--Eric Soler (LS) MD Dakota Stallions(NP) 10-2
3rd Place Match
126--Eric Soler (LS)D Beau Gleed (ML) 5-0
The High School Season has Started
The 2011-12 Season is underway. I certified at 126lbs but will wrestle the regular season at 132lbs. This year I am a team captain.
The first week of the season we had 3 double duals. I won each my my matches to start the season 6-0
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Timmy Moser (SW) 1:15
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Leo Norton (EV)1:32
132--Eric Soler (LS) md. Jesse Vaughan (T) 12-1
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Keith Long (R)
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Andrew Miller (EW)1:02
132--Eric Soler (LS) pinned Zach Regan (K) 3:44
vs Jesse Vaughan (5th Ranked) of Tahoma
Photos of this Season's matches
Mat Classic XXIII
Wresting with a torn ACL and sick with strep throat I wrestled to a 4th place finish in the 4A High School State Championships. After a 9-1 win over Max Tickamn in the first round I lost in the second round to senior Rueben Navejas, who went on to win his 2nd state championship. In round 3 I defeated my teammate Dakoda 5-2 and then got a 4th round win over Tre Uson 5-0. In the next round I met Taylor Salzberg, a wrestler I have wrestled about 6 times as a kid wrester and whom I have never been able to get a win over having lost many close matches to. This time would be different. I controlled the match from start to finish getting a 4-1 victory giving up only 1 point, that on an accidental poke in the eye. That win put me into the 3rd place match vs. Andrew Vulliet. I had defeated Andrew twice this season, 6-0 and 7-1 in the district championship finals. I lead this match 3-2 with seconds to go when I gave up an escape to tie the match then I took a poor shot that Andrew countered for 2 to win the match 5-3 dropping me to 4th place. I finished the tournament 4-2 and with a record of 32-7 on the year.
And my team won the 4A Team Championship for the 8th time.
I have surgery this coming Thursday. I plan to be back next season to win a State Championship.
2011 4A Region 1 Championships
I lost my first match of the year today at 112lbs to a WA wrestlers in the Regional Championship finals. I was ahead at the time and got into a scramble trying to finish a take down. Rather than just getting my two points I tried a cradle from a bad position and ended up getting pinned. I won my first match by fall and the 2nd by a score of 7-2. I head into the State Championships next weekend as a #2 seed.
2011 4A Wesco District 112lb Champion
I won my 2nd Straight 4A Northwest District Championship today defeating my old club team training partner and friend Andrew Vulliet in the finals in a tough 7-1 battle. I won my first 2 matches by fall and the third by an 11-0 decision. I go into regional next week as a #1 seed.
All Wesco Wrestling Team
10th Annual Final Four of High School Wrestling
My HS team traveled back to Easton PA to wrestle some of the top teams in the country this weekend. We got smashed. A teammate and I had the best record on our team at 3-2. One on my loses was to Evan Silver, a senior from Blair Academy who has a full ride to Stanford and is rated number one in the country. My second loss came at 119lbs, 5-4, in a match I should have won. I hit a take down at the buzzer that I wasn’t awarded. I shouldn’t have let it be so close. I did get three good wins over three of the top rated wrestlers in PA at 112lbs. It was a great trip and a good learning experience.
In my first match of the day I had my ACL torn. After the match I sat down and my knee swelled and hurt tremendously. I wanted to continue to wrestle so I put a kneepad on and wrestled four more matches. When I returned home I went to the doctor and was told my ACL is torn and I need surgery to repair it. The Doctor said I could finish the season with a brace if I can stand the pain. I’m attempting to wrestle out the season and will have surgery on Feb 24th to reconstruct my ACL. I’ll have to rehab for the next 9 months. Sucks big time.
Lake Stevens 22 vs Council Rock South Hs 48
119 Danny Martoccio (Council Rock South Hs) Dec Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) 5-4
Lake Stevens 24 vs Parkland Hs 44
112 Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) Dec Ian Evans (Parkland Hs) 4-2
Lake Stevens 0 vs Blair Academy 64
112 Evan Silver (Blair Academy) Fall Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) 0:38
Lake Stevens 21 vs Jackson Memorial Hs 43
112 Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) Dec Peter Rinaldi (Jackson Memorial Hs) 10-3
Lake Stevens 12 vs Pen Argyl 64
112 Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) Fall Jamie Welsh (Pen Argyl Area Hs)3:33
Moses Lake Hall of Fame Duals Eric Soler (LS) tf. Bates Mundell 22-7 vs Stanwood at 125lbs Viking Invite
I took 2nd in this year's Viking Invite. Moving up to 119lbs I had a bye in the first round then won by fall over Bryce Templeman followed by a 10-0 win over Dillon Stiles, both from Orting. In the finals I met the 3A #1 rated 119lber in the state, Riley Miller from Kelso. Going into the 3rd round I was down by one in a back and forth battle. I cut him and had to get the take down to tie the score and go into overtime. I lost the scramble for the TD and ended up losing the match to take 2nd.
My season record is now: 13-2
Tri State Championships
I took 3rd in this year's Tri State Championships at 112lbs. I suffered my first defeat of the season to a wrestler from Arizona ranked in the top 5 in the nation. I won my other 5 matches, 3 by fall and 2 on points.
Round 1: W vs Tyler Jaramillo, Kuna Idaho F 52 sec
Round 2: L vs Dalton Brady, Chandler AZ 19-6
Round 3: W vs Auston Dodson, Orting F 2:53
Round 4: W vs Andrew Vulliet, Edmonds Woodway 5-0
Round 5: W vs Andrew Cunningham, Bonney Lake 8-2 (2009 3A state Champion)
Round 6: W vs Josh Andrews, Richland F 3:36
On Dec 22nd my team traveled to Roseburg OR to take on the 18th ranked team in the country. I won my watch by fall but the team lost 38-31
My season record is now 11-1
Double Dual vs Everett and Sedro Wolley The 2010 HS Season is underway
Mat Classic XXII 4A State Championships 2010 4A Region 1 Championships
Coming out of Districts I entered the 4A region 1 championships as a #1 Seed. This tournament consists of the top twelve 103lb wrestlers from our 23-team region. I made it to the Semi finals where I met Reuben N. for the 2nd time this season. Reuben is the defending 103lb State Champion as well as the defending National Freestyle Champion. I lost that match dropping me down to the consolation bracket where I defeated Sonny B. to place me into the 3rd place match. There I met Jesus V. a senior who placed 5th at State last year. We had a really great match that had me taking a 1-point lead with 20 seconds to go. I was unable to hold the lead as we got in a mad scramble and I gave up a reversal in the final seconds to lose by 1 putting me in 4th place. I did qualify for the Mat Classic State Championships held in the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Only 2 freshmen qualified for State from my region, me and my good friend and wrestling partner Matt C.
2010 WESCO 4A District 103lb Champion Getting away vs Everett Lake Stevnes HS head Coach Brent Barnes 2010 CK Matman Classic It all Happens under the Light @112lbs vs Snohomish Scoring a fall vs Cascade HS @ 112lbs 2009 Viking Invite Scoring a Fall @ Tri-State Championships to take 3rd
(Third Place Match)
Semi Finals Match vs Josha Andrew, Richland HS