Yelm Boys Wrestling Takes First at District Tournament

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 2/8/22

In the 2022 district wrestling tournament, it was business as usual for Yelm and its wrestlers. Overall, the Tornados placed first as a team, with a collective score of 390 points.

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Yelm Boys Wrestling Takes First at District Tournament

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In the 2022 district wrestling tournament, it was business as usual for Yelm and its wrestlers. Overall, the Tornados placed first as a team, with a collective score of 390 points.

The final standings from the tournament were Yelm (390), North Thurston (236), Capital (158), Peninsula (154), Central Kitsap (153), River Ridge (144), Gig Harbor (98.5), Bainbridge Island (93) and Timberline (74).

“I’m very proud of how we did overall as a team,” said head coach Gaylord Strand. “We came into this tournament hot and our wrestlers continued to be successful through this tournament.”

Yelm arrived at the district tournament with 23 wrestlers, and they saw 19 advance to regionals. The four that didn’t advance were freshmen and Strand expressed his high expectations for them going forward.

Of the 23 that wrestled in the district tournament, 10 of them were finalists.

Taking first for the Tornados at districts was freshman Lake Harris (132), senior Caleb Harris (138), senior Logan Platt (195), sophomore Brayden Platt (285), and senior Jeffrey Myers (120).

Following the tournament, Myers was named the “outstanding wrestler of the tournament” which was voted on by coaches in the league. Myers kept his winning streak alive during districts, which now sits at 21-0.

Taking second for the Tornados was senior Tuff Ford (138), junior Daniel Snyder (145), senior Caleb Mitchell (160), junior Willy Carreto (170) and junior Ray Wright (195).

Other Tornados who placed in the tournament include third place wrestlers Tate Oberhansley (106), Jordan Kotona (126) and Logan Babb-Day (160). In fourth place was Roman Rosenberg (126), Charles Smith (132), Israel Mendez (145) and Tamaas Wakefield (220). In fifth was Dallin Rosenberg (170) and Roman Gray (182).



It seems the Tornados find themselves with a talented class of freshmen every year. This year’s efforts helped keep Yelm as one of the top programs in the state. Once again, Yelm has reloaded its program instead of rebuilding it.

“I was really happy with my young wrestlers, especially our freshmen and sophomore wrestlers. They came in with strong confidence and really stepped it up,” said Strand.

There were six different freshmen and sophomores who placed for Yelm.

Strand gave a lot of credit to the parents of the grapplers.

“I want to give special thanks to the Yelm parents for supplying food to the coaches room. To all the people in Yelm who have helped out and supported the program, it does not go unnoticed. We appreciate all the love we get,” said Strand. “The district tournament was at Capital High School, but you would’ve thought Yelm was hosting. There was so much parent support. It was really great to see.”

Following the district meet, Yelm and its 19 wrestlers move on to regionals this Saturday, Feb. 12 at Snohomish High School.

“We’re bringing 19 to regionals and just hoping to get as many on to the state tournament as possible. We’re hoping to get at least 10 and I would be a happy camper if that were the case, but we’re wishing for more,” said Strand.

Following the regional tournament, the 2022 Mat Classic is set for Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, in its usual location at the Tacoma Dome.

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