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4.27.15: Congratulations winter state champs!
4.27.15: Congratulations winter state champs!
Posted on 04/24/2015

Congratulations winter state champs!


The Puyallup School District is home to three state athletic champions, including one student who has won a wrestling title three years in a row.


In addition to individual athlete accomplishments, the Emerald Ridge High School gymnastics team finished second in state team competition.


Students also excelled in the classroom during the winter athletics and activities season. The state awarded several teams or groups with a “Distinguished Team Award” for having a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to 3.49, and several others with an “Outstanding Team Award” for having a combined GPA of 3.5 to 4.0.


Rick Wells, director of athletics, health, and fitness, recognized the state champions at last month’s Puyallup School Board meeting.


Rogers High School is home to two state champions — one in swimming, and another in boys wrestling.


Senior Mitch Crossen won first place in state in the 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 45.97 seconds, which earned him a National All-American consideration. National All-Americans will be announced in June, Wells said.


“Winning a state title is awesome,” Crossen said. “I trained, planned, and thought about it for several months, but it was so much better than I expected. I knew I had it after the first 25 (yards). When I finished the race, I was surprised at my time and it was nice to see my name next to No.1. All the early morning practices and hard workouts made it all worth it.”

Crossen also placed fourth at the state meet in the 50-yard freestyle and set three new school records this year in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 200-yard freestyle.


The board congratulated Crossen along with his coaches, Stefani Fersch and Kristi Tvedt.


Rogers High junior Ty Wilson also clinched a state championship this year after taking first place in the 152-pound weight division. Wilson won the title at the Matt Classic state tournament in February at the Tacoma Dome.


Wilson also placed at state last year, winning seventh place in his weight class. Rogers High wrestling coaches Dave Johnston and Justin Rambow joined Wilson at last month’s school board winter sports wrap-up recognition.


Puyallup High junior Jordyn Bartelson is another success story this winter sports season. She celebrated a three-peat by winning first place for the third consecutive year. This year, Bartleson won in the 120-pound weight division.

Bartleson drew special applause at last month’s board meeting when it was announced that in her three years competing at state, she has participated in 12 wrestling matches and pinned her opponent in 11 of them. Her coaches are Brian Franich and her father, Bryan Bartelson.

Wells said, “I offer special congratulations to a trio of individual WIAA winter state champions in boys swim, girls wrestling, and boys wrestling. Such an accomplishment is a pinnacle lifetime achievement.” He continued, “I also salute the Emerald Ridge High School gymnastics team, which finished second in state team competition.”


Other winter season athletics and activities highlights include:

  • Two school district gymnasts placed among the top eight medal spots at state in several events: Puyallup High senior Summer Barrett placed third in bars. Ferrucci Junior High ninth grader Kelly Richardson, who competes on the Emerald Ridge High School team, placed eighth on the bars.
  • The Emerald Ridge High girls bowling team took fourth place at the Class 4A state bowling tournament. Senior Elisa Couch placed third at state in the individual competition.
  • Puyallup High School girls wrestling team placed sixth at state.
  • In addition to the first place wrestlers mentioned at the opening of this article, numerous other student athletes placed among the top eight medal spots at the state wrestling tournament. They include:

Girls wrestling (Puyallup High): Senior Haley Franich placed second in the 105-pound division, while sophomore Brooklyn Bartelson placed third in the 115-pound division. (Emerald Ridge High): Elizabeth Jimenez took eighth place in the 130-pound division.

Boys wrestling (Rogers High): Junior Troy Wilson took second place in the 145-pound division, Senior Beau Shatto took sixth place in the 120-pound division, and junior Noah Howell took eighth place in the 285-pound division. (Emerald Ridge High): Senior Cesar Quintanilla took third place in the 160-pound division. (Puyallup High): Senior Tristan Cleek landed sixth place in the 160-pound division.

  • South Puget Sound League (SPSL) South Division Coaches of the Year named during the winter sports season include Emerald Ridge High School Gymnastics Coach of the Year Bobbi Jones, and Rogers High School Girls Wrestling Coach of the Year Tom Tripple.
  • Del Dittus, coordinator of athletics at Emerald Ridge High School, received the 2015 West Central District (WDC) Meritorious Award. The award recognizes those who have contributed considerable time and effort to the WCD III and/or the WIAA in one or more of the following categories: service on committees; service as a manager of tournaments/events; contributions to the promotion of extracurricular activities; and outstanding work with young people within the WCD III. Dittus also recently learned he has been selected to receive the 2015 Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association Award.

Read more about the winter athletics and activities season and view a school-by-school listing of team and individual winter season accomplishments on the Activites and Athletics Web page.