Bears win at OSU Team Camp

The Tahoma Bears traveled to Oregon State University last weekend to compete in the OSU Northwest Duals. Teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho all competed in multiple duals, as well as a takedown and individual tournament. The Bears won the tournament going 9-1 overall. The Bears walked through defending 3A State Champions, Bonney Lake. The Bears were expecting more of a fight, but our conditioning and technique was too much for the Panthers this time around. Another big win for the Bears was over University of Spokane. Tahoma won every close match with two overtime victories sealing the win for the Bears. Tahoma's only loss of the tournament came from Crook County, Oregon, a very solid well coached team who have won multiple state championships in Oregon. We were able to avenge the loss after moving out of pools into a bracketed team tournament. 

We love what the OSU Team Camp does for our team. It allows our team to work hand-and-hand with Division 1 Athletes and Coaches. Each night, or team holds a "Champions Practice." We hold the practice late into the night and were lucky enough to have multiple members of Oregon State's wrestling team join us for the practice as well as past OSU All-American Michael Mangrum.

The Bears will next compete this coming weekend in Illwaco, Washington. There will be more great teams and opportunity to improve. Our hope is to get our wrestlers upward of 40 matches this month. Thanks to our booster club for their support of these camps and for everything they do for us. #GoBears   

Doug Burnham
Bears Hit The Weightroom

One of our team’s main goals this off season was to identify and initiate an effective strength training program. We have decided to partner with Volt Athletics and have registered our team for the wrestling specific strength training program. Our athletes are now able to access their off season workouts via a smart phone or computer. All of our athletes have received an invitation for the online training platform via their school email and several of our wrestlers have already maxed out and begun accessing their workouts. The goal of the program is to get three strength workouts per week. One of bonus features to this program is that the team can workout anywhere they want and still follow each other online to see what gains their teammates are making. We are looking forward to seeing the gains that our boys make over the summer. Tahoma Wrestlers, make sure to check your Go Tahoma email and log-in to the Volt training program.

The weight room at Tahoma High School is open Monday thru Thursday form 3-5pm until school is out. Wrestlers that need to record their 3-rep max numbers need to contact Coach Burnham or Coach Feist to set up at time. 

Doug Burnham
Congrats to Jordan Martinez

Congrats to senior State Champion Jordan Martinez who signed today with Campbellsville University, in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The Campbellsville wrestling team finished 3rd in NAIA this season. We want to thank Jordan for his leadership in our room and we can't wait to see you on the mats as a Tiger. #GoBears #GoTigers

 

Doug Burnham
Support Highline Wrestling

With the recent elimination of Boise State's wrestling program, there is no better time to help support our last NJCAA team in Washington State. Highline College Wrestling needs our local fan financial and fan support going into the coming season. Many Tahoma Bears have wrestled for Highline College, most recently Coach and Tahoma State Placer, Edwin Torres, Tahoma State Placer Justin Weiding and State Placer Zack Novak. However there has been a long line of Bears competing for Highline including former State Champion Jens Pulver. 

Highline gets just $6,000 a year to recruit and help pay for tuition of the wrestlers on the team. This is not enough to field a high quality competitiveteam and they need our help.

Bear Claw and Toro Wrestling clubs are working together to try and help Highline fundraise for the coming season. There is an anonymous donor that is willing to match the money dollar for dollar raised up to $12,000. This could mean $24,000 to help the Highline program with recruiting. We have currently raised $1764, but have a ways to go in order to reach our goal. 

If you are interested in keeping wrestling alive and helping it grow in Washington State, this is a great way to give your support. Every little bit helps and your money is basically doubled if you're willing to donate because of the donors matching dollars. Please use the link below if you would like to contribute. If you are unable to contribute financially, find a way to get to a dual next season to support our local wrestlers. #TeamWA

https://www.gofundme.com/support-washington-wrestling

Doug Burnham
Congrats to Cooper Thomas!

Congratulations to former Tahoma Wrestling State Placer, Cooper Thomas. Cooper, a 2014 Tahoma graduate recently signed with the Grandview University wrestling program, after spending two years at Northern Idaho College. Grandview Wrestling recently won their 6th straight NAIA title! We are proud of your hard work and dedication Cooper! #GoBears #GoVikings #GoCoop!  

 

Doug Burnham
5 Bears Qualify For Nationals

Last Saturday, in Centrailia at the Northwest Regional Tournament, 5 Bears qualified for the National Tournament held yearly in Fargo, North Dakota. The team was led by Tahoma State Champion Jordan Martinez. Jordan is a nationally accomplished greco wrestler, won both freestyle and greco this past weekend. A former National finalist, Jordan is looking to add National Champion to his resume this season.  Other Bears earning their way to Fargo were Seniors, Ryden Fu and Dagen Kramer, Junior Gunner Starren and 8th grader, Steele Starren. 

 

 

Doug Burnham
Congrats Ryden Fu

Congratulations to Ryden Fu on signing his Letter of Intent to compete for the Montana State University-Northern Lights next year. MSUN competes in the NAIA. We look forward to following your college career and are proud of what you have accomplished! #GoBears #GoLights

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Doug Burnham
Bears Win 4A State Title

For the fourth time, the Tahoma Bears are State Wrestling Champions. This year, 16 Bear wrestlers entered the state tournament held annually at the Tacoma Dome. Nine of the wrestlers were able to place in the top 8. The Bears had four wrestlers make it to the finals and two of the four were able to come away as state champions. Both Kione Gill and Jordan Martinez were the best in their weight class. Kione not only won his weight, but scored 30 points of the team pinning his way through the tournament. This was Jordans second state title, he earned his first in Colorado as a junior. Both Austin Michalski and Dagen Kramer ended the tournament in second place in very close matches. Two senior wrestlers, Nick Whitehead and Justin Sipila ended their Tahoma Wrestling careers as four-time state placers. This is no easy task as only two other Tahoma wrestlers have ever achieved this before, Ricky Christian (1989-1992) and Tyler Lamb (2007-2010). Others placing in the tournament were Ryden Fu (4th), Joe Novak (5th) and Cameron Hanson (7th). The Bears other state championships were won in 2012, 1996 and 1991. We want to thank our parents and fans for their on going support of our team and wrestling in Maple Valley. We can't wait to get that trophy up in our new high school trophy case! #GoBears

2017 State Champion - Jordan Martinez

2017 State Champion - Jordan Martinez

2017 State Champion - Kione Gill 

2017 State Champion - Kione Gill 

2017 4A State Champion Team

2017 4A State Champion Team

Doug Burnham
Bears Get A Big Surprise

After 43 years, we held our final team practice in the wrestling room at the current Tahoma High School. As Coaches, we wanted to reward and surprise our hard working kids with something special. That special reward, was a visit and clinic from 4-Time College National Champion Kyle Dake. Only 4 wrestlers have ever accomplished four championships and Kyle is the only one that has done it at four different weight classes. Below are some photos from the clinic with Kyle. We look forward to watching him make his run at the next Olympics. 

Doug Burnham
Bears to State

With Nine Regional Champions, the Tahoma Bears run away with the regional title. The Bears scored 346 points, moving 16 of 17 wrestlers onto next weeks state tournament, held yearly at the Tacoma Dome. The Bears went 44-12 as a team on Saturday collecting 29 pins and 6 tech falls. The last time Tahoma advanced this many wrestlers was in 2012. That team came away as state champions and set the scoring record for the state tournament with 190 points. This team is poised to try and reach that same accomplishment and their hard work is paying off on the mat. We hope to see a lot of Tahoma fans in the stands next Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Wrestling begins at 10:00am both days. #GoBears   

 

Results of the Regional Touranment are below, each of the following wrestlers will represent Tahoma next week at State:

 

Regional Champions:

113 - Austin Michalski (10)

126 - Jordan Martinez (12) 

132 - Nick Whitehead (12)

145 - Ryden Fu  (12)

152 - Justin Sipila (12)

182 - Gage Dress (10)

195 - Kione Gill (11)

220 - Dagen Kramer (12)

285 - Nic Carbone (12)

2nd Place

120 - Joe Novak (12)

126 - Cameron Hanson (11)

145 - Gunner Starren (11)

3rd Place

132 - Payton Masterson (12)

138 - Reid Carlton (11)

4th Place

152 - Ethan Vaughan (11)

160 - Jake Bir (11)

Doug Burnham