Redmond High’s championship wrestlers. Courtesy photo

Redmond boys wrestling grabs 3A KingCo tourney title; Mustang girls win sub-regional

One step, one takedown at a time.

Redmond High’s wrestlers are always prepared for what’s on tap, and coach Robert Kaneko said he can’t compliment them enough for what they’ve achieved so far this season. A 3A KingCo dual-meet title and a league tournament crown are already in the bag.

“They’ve stepped in and stepped up. They’ve done what they needed to and taken care of business,” the coach said, noting that he’s shifted the lineup over the course of the season due to adversities such as illness.

Redmond keeps rolling no matter what’s placed in front of the squad.

On Saturday, the Mustangs snagged the boys league title with six first-placers and four runners up at Juanita High. The locals finished with 217 points and Lake Washington took second with 176 in the six-team tourney.

Redmond winners were Judah Dorsey (138), Jeremy Hernandez (145), Philip Palm (152), Cameron Allenshipman (160), Luke Kennedy (182) and Nick Kaneko (195).

Second-placers were Nadav Levanoni (113), Jobe Zuniga (120), Alex Ayala (126) and Rani Ghazal (132); third-placers were Josh Medvinsky (132), Jack Ellis (145), Alex Folta (170) and Ben Maier (285).

Those wrestlers qualified for regionals this weekend at Juanita, and fourth-placers Sven Richter (120), Carson Lui (152) and Jason Mitchell (160) will go to districts as alternates.

The Mustangs will have six No. 1 seeds at regionals, but the tourney will be “brutal” with tons of talent, coach Kaneko said. “They know it, they’re ready for it.”

Kaneko won 2A/3A Coach of the Year honors and Lantz Schwabenbauer won Assistant Coach of the Year.

Nick Kaneko said that his dad puts maximum effort into his role as coach and was both excited and humbled to earn the top award.

After receiving his honor, Nick said that Robert shifted his focus back on the team.

“He gives kids the best opportunity to get success,” Nick said. “It’s a huge project to him to focus on the individual wrestlers and what they want to accomplish.”

And that translates into team accolades for Redmond, which won the league dual-meet title with a 7-0 record and was 19-2 overall in dual meets.

• Redmond’s girls won the 3A sub-regional wrestling tournament last week and six of the seven Mustangs advance to regionals this weekend at Sedro-Woolley.

Redmond topped the table with 120 points and Garfield placed second with 76 in the 19-squad event.

Molly Williams won at 105, Kim Alaniz won at 110 and Nadia Medvinsky won at 135.

Second-placers were Shannon Curran at 100, Leah Hiatt at 105 and Marina Montanez at 110.

“Across the board, they just lit it up,” said coach Kaneko, adding that it’s a tight-knit squad. “They practice together, they hang out together and they work together.”

He noted that it was impressive to have Mustangs facing each other in both the 105 and 110 finals.

Redmond sophomore Jobe Zuniga gains ground on Lake Washington junior Logan Heenan in the 120-pound championship match on Saturday at Juanita High School in Kirkland. Redmond won the Class 2A/3A KingCo Conference championship. JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD/Kirkland Reporter

Juanita’s King Kotalas throws Redmond’s Nadav Levanoni in the finals of the 113-pound weight bracket at the Class 2A/3A KingCo Conference championships on Saturday at Juanita High School in Kirkland. JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD/Kirkland Reporter

More in Sports

Mustangs fall to Panthers

Redmond football lost to Seattle Prep 24-17.

Football results: Week 2

Following are the prep football results from Sept. 13-14 for the teams… Continue reading

Thrilling finish at KingCo Jamboree

Redmond’s Dereje Himbago inches past Mount Si’s Paul Talens to win the… Continue reading

Redmond’s Ferch digs the beach-volleyball scene

She notched stellar results at high-profile tournaments over the summer.

‘Be Brave’

Redmond Mustangs are ready to take on the competition.

Mustangs play strong on opening night

Redmond’s Matthew Janetzki powers up field during the Mustangs’ 34-26 loss to… Continue reading

Football results: Week 1

Following are the prep football results from Sept. 6-7 for the teams… Continue reading

Redmond runner competes at Junior Olympic nationals

Tesla STEM High graduate reflects on his career.

Time flies on the baseball diamond

Sportswriter Shaun Scott discusses his affinity for the Seattle Mariners.

Crossfire soccer squad competes in prestigious tournament

Crossfire Select B02 O’Melia recently played in the U.S. Youth Soccer Far… Continue reading

Redmond majors softball squad wins district title

The Redmond majors all-stars softball team recently won the District 9 Little… Continue reading

Soccer battle at Crossfire Select Cup

Redmond-based Crossfire Select players (donning stripes) compete against the ISC Gunners FC… Continue reading