Wrestling Regionals

I recently shot the regional high school wrestling tournament at Squalicum Highschool for Skagit Valley Herald. It was the first time I photographed wrestling and my main focus was to capture faces. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Their faces were smashed into the mats, into one another’s heads and rarely facing my direction if they did happen to be looking out. It’s the nature of the sport. But when they did look my way, or I ran to the other side of the mat in time, the looks of desperation and strength that I managed to photograph were intense!

Adam Adkinson from Sedro-Woolley High School and Luke Jordan from Squalicum High School wrestle with cheerleaders watch from the sidelines. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash.

Adam Adkinson from Sedro-Woolley High School and Luke Jordan from Squalicum High School wrestle while cheerleaders watch from the sidelines. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. | Skagit Valley Herald

Sedro-Woolley's Gabe Torgerson has the advantage against Anacortes' Ross Atterberry. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash.

Sedro-Woolley’s Gabe Torgerson has the advantage against Anacortes’ Ross Atterberry. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. | Skagit Valley Herald

Sedro-Woolley’s Gabe Torgerson and Anacortes' Ross Atterberry face off at the start of their match. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash.

Sedro-Woolley’s Gabe Torgerson and Anacortes’ Ross Atterberry face off at the start of their match. High School wrestlers competed in the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. | Skagit Valley Herald

Sedro-Woolley's Clayton Johnson pins Cedarcrest's Ely Malametz at the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash.

Sedro-Woolley’s Tanner Roppel pins Lakewood’s Jeff Harrison at the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. | Skagit Valley Herald

Head coach Russ Robinson and volunteer coach Wren Bishop celebrate Luke Jordan's victory in the 120 weight class at the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash.

Head coach Russ Robinson and volunteer coach Wren Bishop celebrate Luke Jordan’s victory in the 120 weight class at the boys 2A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2014, at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. | Skagit Valley Herald

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