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Tumwater’s Matthew Anfeldt Wins Second Straight Regional Wrestling Title
For a second consecutive season Matthew Anfeldt will head into the high school state wrestling tournament as a regional champion.
The Tumwater High School junior successfully defended his 106-pound title at the 2A Region III tournament by defeating 2A Evergreen Conference rival Roehre Cunningham of W.F. West in the finals, 3-2.
“It’s all been practice up to this point,” Anfeldt said. “This is when it all starts.”
Anfeldt will take his top seed into Mat Classic XXVIII, which will be held February 19-20 at the Tacoma Dome.
Tumwater’s Matthew Anfeldt scores a takedown against W.F. West’s Roehre Cunningham in the 106-pound regional finals.
He will be one of five Thunderbirds to compete at the state tournament. Tumwater also received a regional title from sophomore heavyweight Cy Hicks.
It was the third meeting this season between Anfeldt and Cunningham and the second consecutive year they have met in the regional finals.
After losing the regular season matchup during a dual meet, Anfeldt notched a 3-1 victory over Cunningham at the 2A Evergreen Conference Sub-Regional tournament.
The regional final was another close affair between the two as Anfeldt held a 3-0 lead until being penalized a point for clasping late in the second round. A second penalty against Anfeldt occurred early in the third, putting the match very much up for grabs over the final 2 minutes.
“I was confused. I knew I had to fix this,” Anfeldt said about the consecutive 1-point penalties. “My brain goes too fast (when I am wrestling). I just tried to breath and slow down.”
Anfeldt posted his second consecutive regional title with a 3-2 victory in the finals.
The strategy worked as Anfeldt, who defeated Cunningham 3-0 in the 2015 regional finals, failed to surrender another a point the remainder of the match.
Now, Anfeldt will look to draw on last year’s state experience. He went 1-2 at the 2015 state tournament, winning his opening round match before dropping two straight.
“It was amazing last year. There’s so many people watching you,” Anfeldt said. “I think this year I’m going to go in more confident because I’m going in bigger than last year. I have a good five more pounds on me.”
Anfeldt tipped the scales at an undersized 96 pounds as a freshman, conceding 10 pounds, and considerable strength, to his opponents. He topped out around 103 last season before fully settling into the weight division this season.
“It feels nice. It’s so much better because when I went up against someone bigger I had a hard time with the strength,” Anfeldt said. “I just kept working. I knew when I got older things would work out. I would just have to maintain my weight.”
Hicks claimed the heavyweight title with an injury default victory over W.F. West’s Cole Miller. Hicks defeated Zackery Hegwine by pin (58 seconds) in cosplay wigs the first round and Aberdeen’s Eui Jeong, 3-1, in the semifinals.
Anfeldt (third from the left) was joined by teammate Cy Hicks as regional champions. The T-Birds advanced five wrestlers to the state tournament.
Hicks, who placed fifth in the heavyweight division last year as a freshman, faces Othello’s Chem Cantu in the first round at state. Looming on the other side of the quarter bracket is Orting senior and defending champion Hunter Mullins, who also happens to be Hicks’ cousin.
A potential quarterfinal showdown between the top two-ranked 2A heavyweights in the state is a strong likelihood with the winner emerging as the clear-cut favorite for this year’s crown.
Joining Anfeldt and Hicks at the state tournament will be teammates Brin Hanson, who lost in the 220-pound regional finals, 9-0, to Hockinson’s Cameron Loos, Logan Greenwell (fourth, 138) and Colter Jacobsen (fourth, 145).
Black Hills advanced two wrestlers to state in seniors T.J. Borden, regional champion at 190, and Gage Keesee, who finished third in the 160-pound division.
Junior Jacob Paris was the lone Rochester wrestler to secure a trip to the tournament by clinching second-place at 120. Paris lost to Centralia’s Mykka McAllister, 9-7, in the regional finals.
Other Wrestlers Headed to State
Cy Hicks qualified for state as a freshman last year.
Yelm captured the 4A Region II team title in dominating fashion, claiming five individual championships while advancing 13 wrestlers to the state meet.
Ryan Davis (106 pounds), Thomas Munoz (126), Bo Campbell (170), Tyler Losch (182) and Jeremy Smith (190) each took home a title. Davis, a freshman, bested Olympia’s Chase Poston, 4-0, in the championship round to win his first regional crown.
Seniors Munoz and Campbell were both runner-ups at last year’s tournament, with Munoz finishing second in the 120-pound division and Campbell losing in the 170-pound finals by injury default.
The Tornados also received second-place finishes from Jacob Nolan (145), Derrick Platt (160) and Holden Miller (285).
Poston was one of five Olympia wrestlers to advance to state.
Logan Pine, second from the right, workouts with his teammates on a sunny afternoon.
Senior Logan Pine won the 145-pound classification with an 18-8 victory over Yelm’s Nolan in the finals. Also placing for the Bears were senior Patrick Flannery and junior Layn Pannkuk, who finished as runner-ups in the 182- and 138-pound division, respectively, while teammate Trevor Shaw was fourth at 126.
Timberline junior Adam Benson defeated Platt in the 160-pound final by a score of 10-8 to become the lone Blazer to secure a championship. Timberline also got a second place from Bryce Vaughn, who dropped a 9-0 decision to Andrew Harris of Mount Si in the 220-pound championship.
Yelm pre bonded hair will also have five female wrestlers participate at the state tournament. Freshman Phoenix Dubose (105) and sophomores Kaylin Wilson (135) and Bailey Fullerton (145) finished second in their respective divisions. Joining the trio at state will be teammates Bree Hyder (third, 105) and Chelsey Rochester (fourth, 145).
Alex Rossiter has a vision. Odds are the ideas came to him as he was screaming down a mountain bike trail, but a vision nonetheless.
“I want to be a one-stop shop for remy hair extensions mountainboarders,” Rossiter said who bases his company in Tumwater.
If you are not familiar with what mountainboarding is, you are not alone.
In fact, once he started riding 15 years ago, it took Rossiter quite some time to find the culture and round up his plans for his projects.
“I saw a commercial for mountainboarding and I knew it was instantly something I wanted to do,” Rossiter said about the sport which was originated in 1993.
Alex Rossiter demonstrates how to mountainboard at at Crystal Mountain. Photo credit: Melissa Rossiter.
The best way to describe mountainboarding is to imagine an oversized skateboard, add four larger tires, in place of wheels. The board is designed to sail down off-road locations, such as grass hills, snowless ski slopes and the aforementioned bike trails.
The sport is Rossiter’s passion, and hopefully his long-term future.
One conversation with him and it’s easy to see the pure joy he gets out of the activity. It’s a sport he wants to see grow in the area and he’s willing to spearhead that evolution as much as he can.
The only problem? Not too many people know about mountainboarding, even though we are talking about something that’s been around for more than two decades and an area that features a high population of skaters, snow boarders, and even a few surfers.
Alex Rossiter shows off his mountainboarding skills while traveling in Bend, Oregon. Rossiter operates his business in Tumwater. Photo credit: Melissa Rossiter.
“There were a few dealers back when I first found out about the sport 15, 16 years ago,” Rossiter said. “You can’t find a mountainboard anywhere. I’ve been looking since I first started riding.”
Rossiter wants to change that by creating new fans of the sport and more opportunities to participate in mountainboarding through learn to ride events and rentals through Mountainboards NW, buy mountainboard-specific gear from Shred Life, and compete in the newly inaugurated competition series called Shred Fest NW.
It’s a four-pronged approach. First, Rossiter is offering lessons to anyone who wants to learn how to mountainboard, then he provide rentals of the hard-to-find equipment and is developing a brand, and finally, he is penning a user’s guide reviewing and detailing all the places in the Pacific Northwest you can participate in mountainboarding.
“We have a lot of awesome places to ride around here and it’s underserved for mountainboarders,” Rossiter said. “All the snow boarders, mountain bike in the off season and there are a lot of mountain bike trails and a lot of mountain bike services and I would say about two thirds of the mountain bike trails you can mountainboard on as well. There’s a lot of opportunities in Washington and Oregon for this.”
Alex Rossiter is pictured mountainboarding at Swan Creek in Tacoma. Photo credit: Melissa Rossiter.
The first steps toward creating a new fan base has already been completed by Rossiter and his wife, Melissa. Mountainboards NW has a Facebook group fashioned simply to herd all the local mountainboarders into one location, while at the same time providing newcomers a place to learn and potentially cut their teeth on the sport.
Rossiter offers learn to ride lessons the third Friday of every month from April through October. Watch social media for more details.
“I find that most people that come out and try it end up thinking it’s pretty cool and they want to do it again,” Rossiter said. “My method is to start the participant at the bottom of the hill, which is always grass and from there go up as high as they are comfortable with. If you skateboard, snowboard or surf, you can mountainboard; and if you’re already a mountain biker, you already know where to go.”
With six mountainboards at his disposal, Rossiter can also accommodate group lessons.
“We get a lot of people who came out this year,” said Melissa. “One person said they have been looking and looking for something to do during the snowboard offseason. They came out, learned to ride, and fell in love with it. It was exactly what they were looking for. Most people who just stumble onto mountainboarding, end up loving it.”
Alex Rossiter has been actively involved in the sport of mountainboarding for 15 years and provides riding lessons. Photo credit: perruques cheveux naturels Melissa Rossiter.
And if you’re already actively involved in the sport, Rossiter is always looking for riders to join him for a day of mountainboarding.
“We are always looking for someone to ride with us,” Rossiter said. “If you just want to ride, get a hold of us.”
Rossiter has already created his own line of mountainboard clothing, titled Shred Life, and the next step will be writing his user guide.
“The guide book is next. Here’s your lessons, here’s your mountainboard and now where do you ride? That’s what the book will detail,” said Rossiter, who has a working title of Mountainboard Adventures Northwest. “You end up spending all your day searching around for places to ride. This will help tell you where you should be riding. It will give first-hand information on where to go.”
Rossiter hopes this all leads up to an increased population of mountainboarders in the Northwest.
“We have fun,” Rossiter said. “We want to create a culture lace front wigs of riding around here. We want to honor the trails and create destinations for people to go and experience this sport.”
To learn more, reach out to Mountainboards NW via Facebook or follow their Instagram account (@shred_life_stoke). You can also shop for mountainboard gear at www.shredlifestoke.com.