ROCHESTER – The Eastman family’s name is all over the wall in the Rochester High School gymnasium.
The school’s wrestlers with top-four finishes at Mat Classic are etched there. There’s Justin Eastman, a four-time top-four placer at state – including state championships at 145 and 152 pounds. Zach Eastman, a 2010 state champ at 130 pounds, has his name on the wall.
Lucas Eastman is constantly reminded of what his older brothers have accomplished when he runs his warm-up laps during first-period weight training.
“Every day, it’s a little bit of a reminder,” Eastman said. “I feel that this is the year.”
An exclamation point on Eastman’s sensational sophomore season can come by winning his first state title Saturday at the Tacoma Dome at Mat Classic XXV. He has been ranked No. 1 in Class 1A at 145 pounds all season, even though he has
often competed in matches at 152 pounds.
He has a 38-0 record following last weekend’s 1A Region I tournament in Hoquiam, and already has surpassed the school record for takedowns with 152. The previous record of 117 was held by brother Zach, and he’s two pins away from tying oldest-brother Justin for pins in a season (26). Justin, a 2007 Rochester graduate, is now in his first season as the Warriors’ coach after taking the reins from their father, Les.
Not many wrestlers have had much luck against Lucas Eastman this winter. One of his toughest – and closest – matches came in an early-season dual meet at home against Castle Rock, where he defeated Pacer Said, the 2012 state champion at 152 pounds. Eastman won, 6-4.
Eastman’s goal during each match isn’t a pin, but rather racking up takedowns to show opponents he’s in control. He aims for five takedowns a match.
“All of those takedowns just means I am that much more confident that I can take down anybody,” he said. “Even if I’m in a sticky situation, it’s not very hard to get out of.”
As a youngster, Eastman attended all the Mat Classics in which his brothers participated, and watched them compete – and win – state titles. His dream of winning a state championship has been there since he was 5.
After a 24-7 record and a trip to state last year as a freshman, Eastman wanted more. He studied film of his matches and critiqued himself on his seven losses. He needed to be more aggressive, he thought.
“I saw a lot of opportunities that I didn’t take,” he said.
He didn’t compete in football this past fall – he played defensive back and wide receiver in 2011 – so he could concentrate on wrestling and conditioning. Extra running, eating healthy and extra practice sessions with brother and coach Justin has paid off.
“It’s been one of those lifelong dreams,” he said. “You have to put in a lot of extra work if you want to be on top.”
Mat Classic XXV
When: Today and Saturday
Where: Tacoma Dome
Admission: Single-day pass, $15 for adults, $11 for students and seniors; tournament pass, $23 for adults, $17 for students and seniors.
South Sound entrants
113: Darren Harris, Yelm
120: Victor Munoz, Yelm
126: Brian Rochester, Yelm
132: Logan Pine, Olympia
138: Dillon Harris, Yelm
152: Brandon Rochester, Yelm; James Rodeman, Yelm
160: Anthony Allred, Yelm
182: Josh Newbill, Olympia
195: Jeffrey Leuth, Yelm; Tanner Hartsoch, Olympia
285: Tristan Glaser, Yelm
106: Riley Riffe, Shelton
113: Nico Laiuppa, Timberline
120: Justin Savard, North Thurston; Gage George, Timberline
132: Josh Beam, Timberline
145: Bernardo Olivas, Shelton
152: Marcus Ulloth, North Thurston
182: Ethan Metzger, Timberline
195: Jake Grantham, North Thurston; Tanner Risk, Timberline
220: Stone Hart, Timberline
285: Ben Anderson, Shelton
106: Jackson Mills, Tumwater; Bryce Bock, Centralia
113: Mason Adams, Black Hills; Austin Chase, Tumwater
120: Denver Parker, W.F. West
132: Riley Wolf, Tumwater; Cameron Nolan, Tumwater
145: Michael Stuart, Centralia
152: Kellen Pelzel, Centralia
160: Elijah Camacho, River Ridge; Spencer Gurrad, Black Hills; Cole Riccardo, Centralia
170: Billy Tufts, W.F. West
182: Kyzer Bailey, Centralia
195: Sam Richards, Tumwater; Nick Lund, W.F. West
220: Jose Jimenez, Tumwater; Tyler Rosenkranz, Centralia; Gage Rife, W.F. West
285: Alex Daarud, Centralia
106: Ryan Wilson, Elma
113: Matt Gamino, Elma
120: Bobby Brien, Rochester
132: Tanner Sample, Elma; Riley Fisher, Tenino
138: Tyson Dick, Elma
145: Austin Cristelli, Elma; Lucas Eastman, Rochester
152: Alex Carbal, Rochester
160: Zack Chamberlain, Tenino
170: William McGinnis, Rochester; Layne Sutten, Elma
195: Austin Carrell, Elma
220: Matt Shields, Rochester
100: Isabella Silva-Pires, Centralia
106: Hailey Meyers, Yelm; Isis Wadleigh, Timberline
118: Hailey Huerta, Centralia
124: Megan Johnson, Tumwater
137: Jenna Gillaspie, Centralia
145: Mara Briggs, Olympia; Kyla Campbell, Yelm
155: Alyx Marsh, Elma; Charliana McCall, Centralia
170: Kaitlyn Whalen, Centralia; Keanna Vermillion, Rainier
190: Ryan Gibbons, Centralia; Tonie Edwards, Yelm
235: Joslyn Gillaspie, Centralia; Hailee Llewellyn, Yelm; Shanelle Berry, YelmMeg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick