Reece: The next four-time champ? | Wrestling

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Bobby Reece III
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KINGSTON — Bobby Reece III is four wrestling matches from becoming the 12th wrestler in Washington to win four state championships.

The Kingston High School senior, wrestling in the 170-pound bracket in the 26th Washington State Mat Classic, is looking to second local wrestler to take home four championships.

Reece stepped on the mat at 12:24 p.m. Feb. 21 to face his first opponent of his final state tournament.

If Reece did what he was supposed to do, there wouldn’t be a problem with him taking home another state title, said his father, Bobby Reece. His son’s fourth tournament shouldn’t be much different from the last three, he said.

Four wins at the Mat Classic would mean Reece joins 10 male wrestlers and one female wrestler on the list of four-time champions. That includes North Kitsap graduate Jake Velarde, who earned his fourth title in 2013.

Having overcome the competition his freshman year for the title in the 140-pound bracket in 2011, Reece’s father said nothing has not been as much of a concern. Though nobody is being overlooked, Bobby Reece said it shouldn’t be much worry this time around, either.

“I can’t see anybody being prepared to wrestle [his son],” he said.

Reece enters the Mat Classic with two losses during his high school career.

With three wins — the tournament is held over two days — Reece will prepare for the championship match at 8 p.m., Feb. 22. A loss at any time would mean he would be out of contention for the championship.

Reece won his first three state championships by decision. Reece won 3-0 over W.F. West’s Andrew White in 2011; Reece was the only freshman competing against mostly juniors and seniors.

In 2012, Reece ended the championship match with an 11-1 decision over East Valley’s Braydan Berezay.

In 2013, Reece took the championship with a 3-1 decision over Centralia’s Cole Riccardo.

A fourth championship for the Kingston senior would place him on an elite. He would be the second high school wrestler from the Puget Sound region on the list.

The Contenders

Competing in the Mat Classic Feb. 21-22 in the Tacoma Dome.

Peyton Reece, sophomore, KHS, 118.

Josh Henden, senior, KHS, 160.

Bobby Reece, senior, KHS, 170.

Aaron Dickson, senior, KHS, 182.

Ryan Sigo, senior, KHS, 220.

Mick Kane, senior, KHS, 285.

Nikitta Weston, sophomore, NK, 126.

Jon Morgan, senior, NK, 132.

Augie Piehl, senior, NK, 160.


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