Elm Sr. Jeffrey Myers has a right to be sure.
He is 27-0 in the season, ranked second among Washington’s 120-pound class 3A wrestlers.
When he oversaw his quarter-final match at the Mat Classic XXXIII on Friday at the Tacoma Dome from start to finish and defeated Hermione junior Aiden Favorit 3-0, Myers allowed everyone to reassure that confidence.
He ran off the mat shouting, “No one can touch me!”
Perhaps he mixed up another word there. To his credit, no one has touched him so far, and his teammates also made it tough with enemies. In fact, if the city of Spokane had not existed, Yelm could well have led the tournament.
The Tornado have 95 points after the first day of the Meta Classic, well in fourth place after three eastern beasts: Mead, who leads with 136.5 points, University with 111 and Mount Spokane with 104.
Myers, who said goodbye and then pinned Jason Bonnet from Mount Spokane earlier, took the lead in the first period with a score of 2-0. Starting the second round from the top position, he kept Bonnet facing the mat for the entire period and then quickly escaped in the third to complete the shift.
“I’m 27-0. I’m going to go out there (on Saturday) and set an example, “he said, citing his defense for the victory over Bonnet.
In the morning semifinals, Myers will meet undefeated Silas junior Elijah Keiter, and if successful, will meet the winner of the match between Tyler Walker from the top rankings and David Ursina from Ingram.
“I’ve been fighting Elijah since I was eight,” Myers said.
Yelm coach Gaylord Strand sees Myers reach the peak.
“He’s hot. He is on a mission, ”Strand said. “Today he defended his legs much better and was very aggressive from above.”
Yelm advanced to the semifinals by two other wrestlers, including Braden Platt, who weighs 285 pounds, who weighs no limits but used his speed to chase and finally press Kayden Laudermilk of Kentlake, who came out with a record 24-5.
“My first match today was a little tough, but I managed to get the skittles,” Platt said.
When his brother Logan reached the semifinals in 195, the Platt family, who have seen older brother Derrick win two state titles in the past, are in four games out of two.
“It’s great,” he said. “The family kept us through it.”
Two other Thurston County wrestlers advanced to the 3A semifinals.
Ezekiel McEwen of Capital advanced to the 170th semifinals with Tyler Rog’s skittle from Kelso and technical defeat of Holden Homann from Mount Spokane, who came out on day 29-9, 18-2. He will fight CJ Hamblin of Mountain View in the semifinals.
Marcelus Belton of North Thurston survived to win the title at 220, crushing Austin Steinbach of Heritage and Jesse Vasi of Hermiston. In the semifinals he will fight Michael Montgomery of Garfield 18-3.
In the 2A WF West surpassed semi-finalists Brady Davis (132), Tucker Land (160) and Brock Gayet (182) in second place after the day, trailing leader Orting by just 11.5 points.
Black Hills Mikey Johnston is still alive at 113, Jesus Compass from Central at 120, Ryan Matskevich from Shelton at 170.
This story was originally published Feb. 18, 2022, 10 p.m.