Washington Eyes Fourth Wrestling Title

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Jace Punke has wrestled all over the country.

And when he tells people he’s from Washington, everyone seems to know his school’s wrestling reputation.

“It’s always good getting your name out there, getting your city’s name out there,” said Punke, the 2018 class 2A state heavyweight champ. “It’s great because all your hard work pays off.”

Punke and the Panther wrestlers are a little over a week from starting the postseason. Washington is trying to win its fourth consecutive team state title.

“I’d love to have four years in a row.” said senior Gabe Robison. “I probably take it for granted having three already. four years would be awesome.”

The Panthers are ranked number 1 in the state in class 2A.

“It’d be awesome, no words can explain it. Every year is the same goal, do the best we can,” said senior Jared Head. “If we win, win win it. If not, we don’t. We don’t want any regrets either way.”

Washington is already the first public school in the multi-class era to win three straight state titles. This senior class can leave high school never knowing anything but state titles at the end of each season.

“This group gets soemthing the last three don’t have,” said head coach Nick Miller. “I know they are excited but we try and not talk about it too much. We want them to take it one step at a time but in the back of our minds, it is there.”

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