Issaquah senior Carson Tanner (top) wrestles against Newport’s Fahad Ahmed on Dec. 19. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Issaquah senior Carson Tanner (top) wrestles against Newport’s Fahad Ahmed on Dec. 19. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Tanner hoping to return to the Dome

Issaquah’s 138-pound wrestler Carson Tanner missed the Mat Classic last season due to injury.

Issaquah 138-pound wrestler Carson Tanner has his sights set on returning to the Tacoma Dome for the Mat Classic in his final season.

In his sophomore season, Tanner finished sixth at the Mat Classic in the 113-pound division, but an injury during his junior season kept him from returning to the Tacoma Dome. As Tanner embarks on his senior season, he has a list of goals that he hopes leads to another high finish at state.

“Personally, I want to win all of the tournaments that we’re going to, win KingCo, try to win regionals and to place as high as I can at state,” Tanner said.

Even though he has made it to state in the past, Tanner is going to put in the hard work to try and make those goals a reality.

“I’ll have to go to practice every day and work hard, work out outside of practice with my private coach and work on my technique,” Tanner said.

Tanner worked on his freestyle wrestling and attended camps over the summer to prepare for his senior season. He said that he has improved certain areas of his wrestling going into his final year with the Issaquah wrestling team.

“I’ve been working some new top techniques that are going really well and some setups for takedowns,” Tanner said.

Tanner is also set to face some of the toughest wrestlers from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada at The Gut Check wrestling tournament from Jan. 3-4 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. Tanner said he is looking forward to testing himself against the tough competition.

“It’s a tough tournament that all of the top (wrestlers) from the state are invited to,” Tanner said.

Issaquah has gotten off to a great start as a team this season, winning its first four league meets. Tanner’s only loss this season came in the first-place match at the Battle at the Border tournament on Dec. 14. Steilacoom’s Vincent Parry defeated Tanner in that contest.

“I was beating the guy in the finals, but he caught me,” Tanner said. “I learned a lot from it, so I’d rather learn now than later.”

The Reporter asked Tanner a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life:

What is your favorite food?

Anything chocolate, like shakes. I also like burgers and bread.

What is your favorite movie?

I have some favorite trilogies that I like, “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” “Jason Bourne” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

What is your favorite subject in school?

I like learning about history. I don’t like writing, so anything that involves writing is not as much fun. I like the Civil War period, I like learning about wars in general.

What is your dream vacation?

Any continent besides the Americas. I’ve never been to Europe, Asia or Africa, so one of those would be fun.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Worker at 3A, 4A state basketball tournament tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement released on March 13, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association… Continue reading

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Eagles hold on, take fourth at state

Issaquah held on for a 67-56 victory over Todd Beamer in the girls 4A state tournament.

Issaquah picks up character win over Moses Lake

The Eagles made nine 3-pointers to beat the Chiefs and advance to the fourth-place game.

Issaquah outworked on the boards in loss

The Eagles were outrebounded 42-18 in loss to Central Valley in state quarterfinals.

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Issaquah shows toughness in victory over Kentridge

The Issaquah girls basketball team opened the 4A state tournament with 57-35 win.

Most school events, including sports practices, on schedule after coronavirus outbreak

All the school districts in the Reporter’s coverage areas — Northshore, Lake… Continue reading

Eagles net all-league honors

Seven Issaquah basketball players were named to the 4A KingCo all-league boys… Continue reading

Reporter file photo
No changes to state basketball tournament schedules after coronavirus outbreak

State boys and girls basketball Hardwood Classic tournaments in Tacoma, Yakima and… Continue reading