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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Boedy Taylor takes second at Mat Classic XXIX


February 22, 2018

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Cheney's Boedy Taylor attempts to escape from Blaine's Jacob Westfall during their quarterfinal match. Taylor pinned Westfall in the third period and would finish second in the 182-pound weight bracket.

It was a nail biting triple overtime first-place match for Cheney High School's senior Boedy Taylor at Mat Classic XXIX and it ended with him taking second overall in the 182-pound bracket in his final meet in a Blackhawks uniform.

Taylor had success throughout the whole tournament as he pinned Aidan Mallory from Hockinson High School and Jacob Westfall from Blaine in the first two rounds. In the semifinals he defeated Jordan Lapointe from Franklin Pierce 6-0.

In the final round, Taylor took Mason Sabin from White River to triple overtime before he lost in a tiebreaker. The senior ended his season at 24-5 overall and with a silver medal to take home.

Taylor wasn't the only medalist for Cheney as freshman Dylan Straley (126) and senior Zack Nguyen (138) both took home fifth place.

Straley won his first match with a 10-0 major decision of Miguel Gaspar-Hernandez from North Mason. He went on to defeat Osman Castaneda from Highline 3-2. In the semifinals, he lost by technical fall and lost a close 3-2 match in the consolation semifinals. In the fifth place match, Straley defeated Castaneda again 4-2.

Nguyen pinned Levi Oostra from Lynden in his first match and then won in a sudden victory over Nolan Keesee from Black Hills in the next round. In the semifinals, Nguyen lost 7-6 to Alex Acfalle from Olympic and lost 4-3 to Jared Rodarte from White River in the following round. In the fifth place match, Nguyen won 5-3 over Josh Camacho from Washington.

Freshman Anthony Aguilera (152) and senior Alan Coumbs (170) also competed for the Blackhawks. Both of them went 1-2 during the tournament and did not make it to final rounds.

As a team, Cheney took eighth place in the 2A standings with 50 points. The only Great Northern League ahead of the Blackhawks was East Valley in sixth place with 60.5 points. The team was also awarded with the best grade point average as an organization in the entire state.

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