A total of six Thurston County high schools – Black Hills, Capital, Olympia, North Thurston, Tumwater and Yelm – competed in the 18th annual Pat Alexander Wrestling Invitational tournament at Tumwater High School on December 21.
Yelm (128 points) was second among the 16 schools followed by Centralia (126), Black Hills (112.5) and Aberdeen (106).
Additional local competing schools included Capital (sixth, 98.5), Tumwater (seventh, 90.5), Olympia (ninth, 52) and North Thurston (10th, 38).
Yelm captured championships in three weight divisions. Jeffery Myers defeated Mikey Johnston of Black Hills, 5-0, to win the 106-pound title. The Tornados also received championships from Eli Osso (152 pounds) and Dylan Conklin, who edged teammate William Carreto, 3-2, to win the 160-pound division.
Yelm also had third-place finishes from Andrew Davis (106), Jonathan Matthews (132) and Logan Platt, (195) and a fourth from Cameron Dubose (220).
Joshua Halpin of Capital won the 126-pound title, pinning Samuel McCormick of Camas, 2:34, in the finals, while teammate Solid Heaston was second at 170.
Black Hills, North Thurston and Tumwater each had one champion.
Senior Tate Elliott gave the Wolves a win in the 285-pound division after he pinned Olympia’s Luke Martin (1:07) in the championship round.
North Thurston’s Charles Parker took first at 132 pounds, while Reece Martin gave host Tumwater a title at 152.