Hazen takes second in December tournament

January 2, 2013

By Staff

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Following a year when Hazen High School sent a record eight wrestlers to the state tournament, expectations are high for the 2013 team.

In early December, the Highlanders took second place at the Redmond Team Dual Tournament.

Derek Nichols, Hazen High School sophomore, has the top position in a match at the Redmond Team Dual Tournament in early December.
By Rob Nichols

Hazen went 3-1 for the day, defeating Henry Foss, Redmond and Federal Way high schools.

Hazen’s only loss came to Kentlake in the first round of the tournament. At the end of the match, Kentlake and Hazen were tied, 39-39, but the Falcons were awarded one team point after successfully meeting the eighth tiebreaker criteria. The Falcons won the match because they had scored first in more matches than Hazen.

While it was a heart-breaking defeat, the Highlanders went on to finish the day without another loss.

Derek Nichols and Zach Moore went 4-0, posting outstanding performances for the Highlanders.

In addition, Hazen wrestlers Jimmy Huyhn, Cole Thatcher and Erik Johannessen each earned their first varsity wins, while transfer Malik Haythorne had a huge comeback victory in overtime to seal the team win against Redmond.

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