He misses playing in the school’s brass ensemble.
“I started with the trombone but switched when I moved here in fourth grade,” Hart said. “This year I stopped playing because I had to complete (a core) credit.”
He’s still making fine music on the wrestling mat, though. The defending Class 3A champion at 220 pounds had a cakewalk through the Region II championships at Bonney Lake High School on Saturday afternoon.
He pinned all three of his opponents, including Enumclaw’s Garrett Grau in the final in 1 minute, 40 seconds. Hart heads to next week’s Mat Classic XV with a 30-0 mark.
“If you are a state champion and wrestling without a target on your back,” Hart said, “something is wrong.”
The Blazers finished fifth Saturday with 112 points — well behind winner Enumclaw (233) and runner-up Decatur (211). They did send three to the finals — with Hart the only champion they crowned.
Timberline junior Gage George was defeated by Lakes High’s Andrew Ramirez in the 120 final, 13-4. Joshua Beam had a closer match at 132 with Decatur’s Isaiah Diggs, losing a 6-5 decision.
Beam had ahold of Diggs’ leg in the final 25 seconds and was set up for the winning takedown, but the Decatur sophomore was able to hop out of bounds, and get a restart in the middle of the mat. Diggs held on from there.
The surprise was in the 152 final, where North Thurston’s Marcus Ulloth (27-2), the Narrows League 3A champion, was dominated by Peninsula’s Casey Larson.
Larson scored on four separate near falls in the first period to build an 11-0 lead. Eventually, he pinned Ulloth in 2:54.
“Our different body techniques clashed,” Larson said. “Mine was dominant in that one.”
In one of the day’s top matchups, Bonney Lake junior Colton Tracy beat Enumclaw senior Tyke Reid, 9-1, in the 126-pound final. Both were state runners-up last year.
One of the biggest story lines Saturday developed off the mat for Enumclaw, the defending Class 3A champion. Two-time defending state champ Lucas Somera, who crashed hard and hit his head in the regional 145 final last weekend and had to default because of injury, was not cleared to compete Saturday. He is out for the remainder of the postseason.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/preps @ManyHatsMilles