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Wrestling: South Kitsap extends undefeated Narrows streak

South Kitsap High School junior Eddie Meisner overcame an early deficit to beat Central Kitsap’s Joel Eklof 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the match 59-12 to extend their league win streak to 171 matches. - Jim Robertson photo
South Kitsap High School junior Eddie Meisner overcame an early deficit to beat Central Kitsap’s Joel Eklof 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the match 59-12 to extend their league win streak to 171 matches.
— image credit: Jim Robertson photo

Every South Kitsap wrestler who puts on a singlet next winter will share a common trait.

None were born the last time the Wolves experienced a loss in a Narrows League dual match.

South had little difficulty extending its percent record in league to an 18th consecutive season with a 59-12 win Tuesday at Central Kitsap to close out the regular season. The Wolves now have won 177 consecutive Narrows matches since their last loss in December 1992 against North Thurston.

“We don’t really talk about it much,” South coach Chad Nass said. “They’re good kids and they expect to win. We have a lot bigger goals.”

That includes becoming the Wolves’ first state champion since 2006 for senior Conner Hartmann, who wore his traditional maroon jacket with “189” sewn in yellow thread. But this time, Hartmann elected to move up to heavyweight, where he needed just 40 seconds to pin Kyle Lanoue.

Hartmann said he decided to move up for one match because the Cougars’ usual competitor at 189 pounds was out of the lineup. He estimated that he was outweighed by 70 pounds by Lanoue, but said he was not too concerned about injuring himself because he routinely has practiced against South assistant coach Adam Kanouse, a former offensive lineman at Eastern Washington who dwarfs Lanoue.

“I guzzled some water to add extra weight,” Hartmann said.

Hartmann’s victory gave the Wolves wins in the final eight weight classes. Before that, CK closed its deficit to 14-12 when 135-pound Raven Paulino pinned Cody Magdaleno in 1:20. The Cougars’ only other win came via forfeit at 119.

South had a pair of one-point wins when Michael Neiner defeated Brett McDonald 3-2 at 171 and Eddie Meisner claimed a 5-4 victory against Joel Eklof at 215. Kris Fenton also won a 5-3 decision against Tyler Kahl at 152.

“We had some close matches, but our guys just found a way to win,” Nass said. “I’m really proud.”

It was the third time this season Fenton, a senior, has defeated Kahl. He beat Kahl 8-7 on Saturday at the South Kitsap Invitational and 7-5 during the Dec. 29-30 Pacific Coast Tournament in Vancouver, Wash. Sophomore Kolby Fenton, who wrestles at 103, and his older brother both placed first at the South Kitsap Invitational.

“If they played their cards right, they probably could have walked away with a car that night because their parents were so proud,” Nass said.

Greg Morrison (140), Cody Barich (145) and Hartmann also placed first at the South Kitsap Invitational to lead the Wolves to a team championship with 235 points. Evergreen of Vancouver was second in the seven-team invite with 203 points.

South next competes in the Feb. 4-5 in the Narrows League Tournament at Foss High School. The Wolves have won 10 consecutive league titles.

“We’ve got a great team,” Hartmann said. “Hopefully we’ve have a lot of people move on.”

Tuesday

South Kitsap 59, at Central Kitsap 12

103-Kolby Fenton (SK) won by forfeit. 112-Colin Bryant (SK) tf. Drew Guertin 20-5. 119-Warren Sprecher (CK) won by forfeit. 125-Terrill Wilson (SK) p. Joey Troyer 2:58. 130-Matt Haberlach (SK) d. Terrill Anderson 16-10. 135-Raven Paulino (CK) p. Cody Magdaleno 1:20. 140-Greg Morrison (SK) p. Ian Sprecher 3:52. 145-Cody Barich (SK) p. Michael Sowlby :35. 152-Kris Fenton (SK) d. Tyler Kahl 5-3. 160-Adam Gascoyne (SK) p. Ryan Konkler :43. 171-Michael Neiner (SK) d. Brett McDonald 3-2. 189-Bryce Klatt (SK) p. Austin Rogers 3:25. 215-Eddie Meisner (SK) d. Joel Eklof 5-4. 285-Conner Hartmann (SK) p. Kyle Lanoue 1:40.

Saturday

South Kitsap Invitational

Team scores—South Kitsap 235, Evergreen (Vancouver) 203, Kentlake 152, Olympia 125, Central Kitsap 123, Timberline 106, Olympic 102

Championship round

103-Kolby Fenton (SK) p. Jesse Banaga (Olympic) 5:22. 112-Michael Nguyen (Eve) d. Jeff Harjehausen (Ken) 4-0. 119-Matthew Nguyen (Eve) p. JD Parrish (Olympic) 3:06. 125-Josh Beam (Tim) p. Ramon Ortiz (Eve) 1:24. 130-Cody Yeik (Olympic) d. Sean Farr (Ken) 16-7. 135-Samir Faizoullin (Ken) d. Paul Kim (Olympia) 8-6 OT. 140-Greg Morrison (SK) p. Kevin Rodriguez (Ken) 3:42. 145-Cody Barich (SK) p. Kurt Koemmpel (CK) 1:14. 152-Kris Fenton (SK) d. Tyler Kahl (CK) 8-7. 160-Anthony Thomas (Eve) d. Austin Rains (Eve) 6-4. 171-Jesse Keliiliki (Ken) p. Nathan Hughs (Eve) 1:10. 189-Conner Hartmann (SK) p. Shaq Blair (CK) 2:24. 215-Tim Peraza (Eve) d. Eddie Meisner (SK) by injury default. 285-Kyle Lanoue (CK) d. Micah Bagley (Eve) 6-4.

Third/fourth place

103-Makiah Chadwick (Eve) d. Austin Orcutt (Ken) 2-1. 112-Kevin Tran (Olympia) p. Ryan Martin (Olympic) 3:53. 119-Colin Bryant (SK) d. Jordan Frost (Tim) 10-8 OT. 125-Matt Haberlach (SK) d. Josh Chipley (Olympic) 12-3. 130-Ian Sprecher (CK) p. Rosalio Contreras (Eve) 2:29. 135-Cody Magadaleno (SK) p. Seth Ziolkowski (Tim) 4:58. 140-Ryan Jordan (Olympic) p. Ian Slater (Olympic) 2:11. 145-Bryce Broome (SK) p. AJ Melendrez (Tim) 2:41. 152-Levi Shinners (SK) p. Austin Dunn (Eve) 2:23. 160-Matt Nutting (Ken) d. David Dommeruth (CK) 15-2. 171-Logan Rants (Olympia) p. Anthony RZ 4:09. 189-Justin Henry (Olympia) d. Tanner Risk (Tim) 11-6. 215-Stone Hart (Tim) d. Tanner Harstoch (Olympia) 13-5. 285-Connor Wilmovsky (Olympia) p. Charlie Murray (SK) 4:54.

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