TACOMA - Dylan Hyder remembers looking up in awe at the list of his school’s state placers in wrestling hanging on the gym wall.
Only one kid had won two state titles in school history.
Four years later, there are two.
Hyder, a Yelm senior, picked up his second state title Saturday, pulling out a dramatic 4-3 win over North Central’s Jared Berlinger in the 3A finals at 125 pounds at Mat Classic XXIII in the Tacoma Dome.
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“To be one of those people is unbelievable,” Hyder said. “That’s been my goal.”
A four-time placer, Hyder took second, third and now back-to-back firsts.
It was the fourth time Hyder has met and beaten Berlinger at state, again his finals opponent. Hyder beat him in last year's state final, 3-0.
“Dylan is a hard worker and he’s a goal-setter,” Yelm coach Gaylord Strand said. “He did it. He won his second state title. He wrestled well.”
Hyder improved to 32-1 this season and finished his high school career with a 124-11 record.
In the 2A meet, Tumwater’s Riley Prentice and Easton Hargrave both needed to win in the finals for the Thunderbirds to place fourth and win the school’s first team trophy.
They didn’t disappoint.
Hargrave dominated, trouncing Othello’s Joey Gomez at 189 pounds, 16-3.
Prentice’s victory wasn’t as dominating, but he won 2-1 in triple overtime at 160 pounds.
“I told them they need to win for us to get our first medal,” Tumwater coach Tony Prentice said. “I knew they’d come through.”
Riley Prentice, who placed fourth last year as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman, defeated Deer Park’s Dylan Miller, who lost for the first time in 39 matches.
“I’m happy and tired,” Prentice said. “I thought I was going to win.”
Prentice led 1-0 when Miller was awarded a stalling point with five seconds remaining in the third period, forcing an overtime.
Prentice and Hargrave, who also played football, made their coach a promise after Tumwater won a state football title last fall.
“They said they were going to get me one more state title,” Tony Prentice said. “They both did.”
Prentice was named the 2A Region III coach of the year. Since becoming Tumwater’s head coach in 2002, his teams have placed in the top 10 at state five times. He has a 93-18 dual meet record and has coached four state champions.
Yelm placed fourth in the team standings with 95 points and hauled in five medals – a first, two seconds, a fifth and a seventh. Marcus Crone (130) and James Bradley (135) both placed second.
In the 135-pound final, Bradley led Enumclaw’s Lucas Somera 2-1 when he was pinned late in the second period. Bradley lost to Somera in the regional final in another close match after leading.
Bradley got the first takedown but couldn’t hold off Somera.
Crone overpowered his first three opponents to reach the finals, winning by a pin, an 11-2 decision and a pin to reach a championship match against Glacier Peak’s Josh St. Marie.
The Glacier Peak wrestler built an 11-1 lead before he pinned Crone at 5:06 to improve to 37-6.
In an all-Tumwater consolation final at 119 pounds, sophomore Cameron Nolan beat brother James Nolan, 5-4, to place fifth.
Cameron Nolan won his first match 9-1, then lost 7-1, dropping him into the consolation bracket. He then won 6-2 and 2-1 before losing 6-1, setting up his match with his brother. James Nolan placed sixth.
Tumwater’s Daniel Page lost in the 112-pound semifinals 5-2, then won 6-2 and lost 4-3 in the consolation final to place fourth.
Black Hills’ Cody Carlson bounced back to place fifth at 145 pounds after losing his opening match 10-2. He pinned his next three opponents before losing 10-3. Carlson then pulled out a dramatic 8-6 win in the consolation finals to place fifth.
In 3A, Timberline had a pair of sixth-place finishers. Dean Reginio placed sixth at 103 pounds, losing 8-3 in the consolation finals. Stone Hart placed sixth at 215 pounds, losing by a pin the consolation finals.
North Thurston's Caleb Richards placed seventh at 215 pounds.
In 4A, Olympia’s Joel Anthony placed eighth at 215 pounds.