Hazen wrestlers drop opening double dual meet

Hazen High School’s hopes of a Seamount League championship in wrestling got off to a rocky start this season as the team on Tuesday fell to both Mercer Island and Mount Si in a season-opening double dual meet.

The final scores were Mercer Island 37, Hazen 27 and Mount Si 37, Hazen 25.

Coach Rory Magana said that injuries at the upper end of the weight classes hurt his team in the opener.

“Our team wrestled tough last night against two teams with a ton experience,” Magana said. “Our returners did their job and wrestled hard. Most of the time we picked up our wins where we were supposed to win but being the first outing of the season we obviously have to shake off some rust.”

Despite the loss, Magana said there several broght spots for the Highlanders. Malik Haythorne, 152, and Zach Moore, 132, both “wrestled tough” and won their matches. Derek Nichols, Jimmy Huynh, and Tyson Mowrey, and Jairo Barahona also each had one impressive win by fall on the night, according to their coach.

Hazen was scheduled to welcome Highline on Thursday and travel to the Redmond Dual Tournament on Saturday.

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