Logan Platt continued the family tradition, and his wrestling boys from Yelma High School and the girls from Tornado finished in the top five at the Mat Classic XXXIII on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
The boys finished fifth after Champion Mead, two other Spokane schools, Spokane University and Mount Spokane, and one WIAA school based in Oregon, Hermione. The girls, led by sisters Madison and Camryn Erickson, finished fourth, behind top team Toppenish, White River and Curtis.
Yelm boys coach Gaylord Strand had no doubts about the finish.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “Unfortunately, we failed to bring home the trophy, but to linger and take fifth place in this year’s tournament with all the 4A schools that dropped out was an achievement.”
Platt was one of three “Tornadoes” that passed among the boys in the semifinals of the 3A, but two others, his sophomore brother Braden in 285 and Jeffery Myers in 120, were stopped one step closer to the championship round.
Braden Platt, who finished third, has two more attempts to equalize Derrick and Logan in the states.
Logan Platt faced Hunter Thibado of Stanwood for the title, and when both started the match on their feet, they seemed to be equal in strength. At the end of one round Platt led only 2-0, but during the match his best technique demolished Tibado with a score of 14-4.
“Words can’t explain how good I feel,” said the good-natured Platt.
Plato’s older brother Derrick, who is now a football player at the University of Whitworth, has won two state championships in the fight for Elm. Although he could not leave school to attend his brothers ’attempts to compare his accomplishments, Logan still cited his contribution.
“I’m happy to do what he did. He kept pushing me in the gym. “
The trend saw Plata’s desire to succeed this season from the first days of training after he missed the shortened wrestling season of spring 2021.
“He was on a mission,” Strand said. “He really wanted that. It just hasn’t happened in the last week or two. It took a whole year. “
Two other wrestlers from Olympia reached the final, but had to settle for the second highest step on the podium.
113-pound Mike Johnston Black Hills lost to freshman Quentin Harding of team champion 2A Orting. Elma 285-pound Donavan Bishop was pinned down by senior heavyweight Toppenish Rocco Clark III a minute and a half in the third round.