Cy Hicks, the defending Class 2A state heavyweight wrestling champion, knows how hard it is to win at this point in the season.
It’s even harder to pin an opponent. Hicks, a Tumwater High School senior, is one of 10 local wrestlers who advanced to the semifinals Friday on the opening day of Mat Classic XXX at the Tacoma Dome.
He was one of six locals to pin his way there.
“Nothing is given, everything is earned,” Hicks said. “You have to earn every spot.”
After spending much of the first two periods trying to bring Fife’s Lupeti Sarte to the ground, Hicks flipped Lupeti to his back, ending the 285-pound quarterfinals match in two minutes, 33 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Hicks needed only 30 seconds to pin North Mason’s Wylie Rice in the opening round.
“The energy, the momentum is going good,” Hicks said. “But this is all for today. Tomorrow is another beast. … I’m just going to work my hardest.”
Hicks joined the nine other locals in the semifinals who wrestled in the hours before him.
Three wrestlers from Yelm ended their quarterfinals matches by pin.
Derrick Platt is in the 3A semifinals at 182 pounds for the Tornados after dropping Kamiakin’s Ben Hollenberg in 1:58.
“He got on my leg, but I was able to counter and flip him over and finish with the pin,” said Platt, who is the top-ranked wrestler in his bracket.
Platt, who also led the 3A South Sound Conference in tackles during football season, said he wants to continue to attack Saturday.
“I know I have to come in fast and strong,” he said. “I’ll be energized and ready.”
Two Yelm girls, Phoenix Dubose (115 pounds) and Ashley Kile (190) also pinned their opponents in both matches to advance.
Dubose circled Ephrata’s Sienna Stocking to her back in the quarterfinals, ending the match in 3:07. Kile defeated Seton Catholic’s Maritza Chavez-Anguiano in the quarterfinals in 3:05 with her second pin.
In the 2A boys quarterfinals, W.F. West’s Levi Walters pinned Orting’s Chrys Cenkush to advance. Elma’s Justin Sample took down Deer Park’s Jake Miller in 3:58 to move on in the 1A bracket.
Four more locals advanced to the semifinals by minor decisions.
Shelton’s Quinn Lacy defeated Mount Baker’s Jada Tarvin, 3-1, at 170 pounds in the girls bracket.
Ryan Davis joined Platt as the only other Yelm boy to advance, edging Kelso’s Derick Soto, 14-13, at 126 pounds.
Two Centralia wrestlers also moved on. Mykka McAllister (132 pounds) defeated Steilacoom’s Zach Rowe, 7-3, while Tristen Dickey (270) slipped by Tyee’s Vijay Paul Singh, 4-3.