Royal 165-pound wrestler Jessie Neff pins his opponent early in the tournament. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Royal 165-pound wrestler Jessie Neff pins his opponent early in the tournament. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Wrestling: Kent-Meridian sends eight to state

Royals took second in the district tournament at Todd Beamer.

Kent-Meridian finished a strong 2023-24 season with an even better postseason.

The Royals competed at the 3A Region 3 Tournament at Todd Beamer High School on Feb. 10. Kent-Meridian finished in second place behind Lincoln and in front of Silas high schools.

Kent-Meridian is sending eight wrestlers to the state tournament. At distrticts, the Royals had just one bracket winner (Farzai Karimi), and five placers inside the top three across five different weight classes: Elyas Karimi (3rd, 106), Mousa Sudan (3rd, 113), Adonai Garza (2nd, 132), Raul Morales (2nd, 157) and Jessie Neff (3rd, 165).

Aydin Nuraddinov (144) and Jackson Esemann (157) both took fourth place.

Kentlake is just sending a single wrestler, Porter Smith (120), who placed third in his weight division.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentnews.us.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://kentnews.us/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Kent-Meridian coaches celebrate a match win at Todd Beamer High School. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian coaches celebrate a match win at Todd Beamer High School. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentlake wrestler attempts to pin his opponent from Mount Tahoma. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentlake wrestler attempts to pin his opponent from Mount Tahoma. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian wrestler works in his opening match of the day at Todd Beamer. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian wrestler works in his opening match of the day at Todd Beamer. Ben Ray / The Reporter

More in Sports

Gabby Greenwood gives a yell after her home run against Graham-Kapowsin. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood falls in district championship, named five seed for state tournament

Kentridge makes second day of district tournament for first time since 2016.

Matthew Ledbetter leads off the game in the first inning at Sherman Anderson Field. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentlake baseball eliminated in Mount Vernon

Falcons fall 9-3 to third-seeded Bulldogs.

Christopher Moore went six strong innings against Stanwood. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentlake blanks Stanwood 5-0 in state tournament opening round

Falcons win behind solid performance from Christopher Moore.

Sarah Wright struck out 17 and allowed just two hits against Kentridge. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood fastpitch wins fourth straight league title

Wright and Conks down Kentridge 7-0 with 17Ks and 2RBI at the plate.

Brock England. COURTESY PHOTO, Canadian Sport School Hockey League
Kent-based Thunderbirds load up on Western Hockey League draft picks

Eleven players taken in Prospects Draft; two in U.S. Priority Draft, both from Dallas team

T20 World Cup trophy waits for fans to take photos. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Seattle Orcas, ‘America's Favorite Cricket Team,' builds local support

Event held at Bellevue Downtown Park can be catalyst for the world’s second most popular sport.

Ethan Loghry on the bump pitched a gem for the Falcons. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentlake baseball stays alive with a walk-off win

Falcons move on to winner-to-state game.

Keilor Cacho Garcia takes on a Stadium defender. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Royals soccer sent home in whirlwind of a second half

Kent-Meridian loses to Stadium 3-1, allowed three goals in six minutes in second half.

t
Seven former Kent-based Thunderbirds in Stanley Cup playoffs | List | Update

Barzal, Bear and Kolesar helped lead Seattle to Western Hockey League title in 2017

t
Seeing Green (River): Gators win first hoops title since 1969

Along with a ring, coach Godfrey Drake and sophomore Jaiden Feroah win yearly awards.

(Google screenshot)
Women's NCAA basketball tournament was a game-changer | Bench Talk with Ben Ray

It seems like we are entering a time where the WNBA is ready to take that next leap to become even more mainstream with the help of these athletes. Why is that?

Courtesy Photo
Kent News Male Athlete of the Week: Justin Jamison

Jamison has set a new personal record in the 400 every race this season.