Redmond’s Carson Lui pins his Mount Si opponent in a recent 4A KingCo dual meet. Redmond won, 42-34. Photo courtesy of Dale Garvey

Redmond’s Carson Lui pins his Mount Si opponent in a recent 4A KingCo dual meet. Redmond won, 42-34. Photo courtesy of Dale Garvey

Lui takes charge on the wrestling mat

Redmond junior won league title last season.

Redmond High’s Carson Lui is off to a slamming start on the wrestling mat this season.

The junior 170-pound Mustang was 6-1 overall at press time and took first at the recent Wilfong Invite Wrestling Tournament at Puyallup High along with senior teammate Alex Folta at 220.

Lui notched the 3A KingCo championship at 160 last year, took second at regionals and went 1-2 — losing to two of the top wrestlers in the state — at Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome. He was the No. 1 seed going into KingCo with an unblemished dual meet record of 7-0 (the Mustangs were the dual meet champs with a 7-0 mark). His overall mark was 31-8 when the season came to a close.

“I try to take all the matches pretty much the same. I try to go into every single one and do my best, just for that match. Worry about the next one later,” Lui said about his mindset with tons of matches on the docket throughout the season.

Practices are tough and it’s always fun to win under the spotlight in league and tournament contests, Lui said with a smile.

“It’s always good to see what you’re capable of doing and going out there and doing it,” he said.

Winning KingCo last year gave Lui a shot of confidence that he’s capable of going toe to toe with any wrestler who steps onto the mat with him.

The Reporter asked Lui a series of questions for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Redmond?

Me and some of the wrestling guys will often go to Dairy Queen after tournaments and hang out there for an hour and a half or two.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People mispronouncing things — I don’t like that.

What’s your dream vacation spot?

Alaska.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

No matter what you’re doing, do your best.

What do you appreciate the most in life?

Honesty.

What superhero would you like to be?

Superman.

What special skill would you like to learn?

A new language.

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