Hazen High School sends school record eight wrestlers to state tourney

March 2, 2012

By Staff

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The Hazen High School wrestling team posted its most successful regional tournament performance ever after placing fifth out of 15 teams at the 3A Eastside Catholic Regional Feb. 11, advancing a school record of eight individuals to the Washington state tournament.

At 160 pounds, Andre Faciane and Jose Ramirez became the first pair of Hazen wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament in the same weight class.

Faciane became Hazen’s first regional champion under coach Rory Magana and the current coaching staff in a 17-8 major decision over Andrew Kennedy, of Bishop Blanchet.

Freshman Derek Nichols made it to the 106-pound finals but lost a down-to-the-wire battle (9-6 decision) to senior Justin Mah, of Franklin.

Zach Moore (113), Austin Clark (132) and Jose Ramirez (160) all took third while Daniel Karpman (138), Jeremy Guilbert (195) and Justin Russell (220) all took fourth place.

O’Dea ultimately won the match with 201 points.

The Hazen team finished second at the Seamount 3A wrestling championships Feb. 4, trailing behind Highline which won with 208 points.

Derek Nichols (106 pounds), Zach Moore (113), Austin Clark (132), Daniel Karpman (138), Andre Faciane (160) and Jeremy Guilbert (195) won 3A league titles at the match.

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