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Moses Lake sends five qualifiers to Mat Classic in Tacoma

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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 9:05 am

MOSES LAKE - Fernando Leyva (106), Chase Clasen (113), Beau Gleed (120), Hayden Wise (126), and Nico Moreno (152) are headed to the Mat Classic.

The four came through with flying colors at the regional tournament held in Moses Lake Saturday, and look to bring home titles from the state wrestling tournament this weekend.

The Chiefs as a team, finished second with 137 points. Mead won the regional tournament with 278 points.

"It was nice to place second," coach Jamie Wise said. " But the bad part about it was we are not taking as many guys to Tacoma as we would've liked to, so finishing second was kind of bitter sweet."

Moses Lake will also be taking two alternates the big show; Jonathan Perales (170) and Derek Fredrickson (195) who finished fifth in their weight class.

"Those losses were the biggest disappointments on the day," Wise said.

It was sweet revenge for Leyva, who beat Chiawana's Chris Montelongo 6-4 in the championship in the round, after losing to him 5-0 for the district title last week.

Both had breezed to the final round Saturday as, neither wrestler had been challenged in their bracket.

Freshman Chase Clasen topped Chiawana's Jacob Garcia 7-0 for third and the final state placement in the weight class.

Clasen lost his first round match and had to make his way to the big show by way of the consolation bract to do so.

"I felt bad for Chase because he was sick most of the day," Wise said. "But he battled back to finish third. I am very proud of his effort .. he's very coachable and always listens to what he's told."

Gleed defeated Blake Beard from Central Valley 4-2 to claim the 4A eastern Washington regional title,

Wise lost to Central Valley's Colton Orrino 10-2 in the championship round, but still earned his first state birth, and Moreno defeated Tyler McLean from Mead 11-3 to claim the regional crown in his weight class.

"Nico had another outstanding performance and really manhandled his guy in the championship match," Wise said. "The kid he wrestled was ranked No. 2 in the state and he avenged his only loss of the season to him as he totally dominated the match."

 Although Wise was disappointed the Chiefs are not taking as many wrestlers to the Mat Classic as he would've like to, he said he expects thoes who are going to do well at the state tournament.

"The guys going all have a shot,"he said. "Hayden and Chase will have to wrestle really well, but they all hae a good chance of placing if they wrestle the way they have been."

The Mat Classic takes place Feb. 17 and 18 at the Tacoma Dome.

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