There are not many wrestlers who can lift Dylan Ingram off the ground.
His father, Jason, a state champion in high school, did after Dylan became the Class 4A 220-pound state champion Saturday.
Dylan Ingram tore through the competition at the Tacoma Dome. The Camas High School senior won his first match by a 15-0 technical fall, the quarterfinals 7-1 and the semifinals 12-0.
Tahoma’s Dagen Kramer, a proven national competitor, tested Ingram in the finals.
The Papermaker jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first round. Kramer then became the first wrestler to take Ingram down in the state tournament. Ingram quickly got away from Kramer, but he still had to start the last round on his hands and knees.
With all the strength left he could muster, Ingram fought his way off the mat and held on for a 7-4 victory.
After losing in the quarterfinals, Sam Malychewski won three matches in a row to finish in fourth place for the Papermakers at 182 pounds. Rylan Thompson defeated Sumner’s Marcus Peterson for seventh place at 132. Tanner Craig took eighth place at 126. Lacy Dunlop earned eighth place in the 115-pound girls state bracket.
Ingram’s state championship made all the Camas wrestlers and coaches feel satisfied. It also helped the Papermakers crack into the top 10 at state for the first time since moving up to the 4A classification. Camas notched ninth place as a team at state with 55 points.
Read the full story in Thursday’s print edition of the Post-Record.