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Wrestling: Another year, another Narrows League title for South Kitsap
It seemingly is an annual goal for teams in the Class 4A Narrows League.
Beat South Kitsap.
While that objective eventually might be realized, it won’t happen this season as the Wolves easily captured another sub-regional title Saturday at Foss High School. South also has won 177 consecutive dual-league matches since its last loss against North Thurston in December 1992.
Eight Wolves won league championships and 16 of their wrestlers will advance to Saturday’s regionals at Shelton. That helped South dominate the competition with 392 points, while runner-up Shelton had 240.5.
“The kids went out and wrestled really well,” said Chad Nass, who has won the sub-regional tournament in each of his seven seasons as the Wolves’ coach. “I was really impressed.”
South advanced one more wrestler to regionals a year ago, but only the top four wrestlers moved on from sub-regionals this season. Last year, the top five advanced.
“I think we wrestled better than we did last year,” Nass said.
Kolby Fenton (103 pounds), Terrill Wilson (119), Greg Morrison (135), Brenden Hartshorn (140), Cody Barich (145), Kris Fenton (152), Michael Neiner (171) and Conner Hartmann (189) each won in the championship round.
Nass said he particularly was impressed with Hartshorn, a junior, who was stuck behind Barich on the depth chart before dropping down one weight class. Hartshorn won an 8-6 decision against Shelton’s Adam Coffman in the championship.
“His last match was kind of close, but he pretty much dominated the tournament,” said Nass, who praised Hartshorn’s practice habits.
Hartmann, the state’s top-ranked wrestler in his class, pinned Olympia’s Justin Henry in the second round to remain undefeated.
He said he looks forward to regionals, particularly the opportunity to wrestle Thomas Jefferson’s KW Williams, who ranks third in his weight class.
“He’s very athletic,” Hartmann said. “I look forward to wrestling him again.”
Barich also is excited to compete in Shelton. He won a 15-1 decision against teammate Bryce Broome at sub-regionals.
“That’s the second year in a row I have wrestled a guy against South,” said Barich, referring to teammate Morrison. “It was quite a match last year, too.”
Nass is excited to see how his wrestlers compete against some top-level programs, such as Auburn and Tahoma.
“We’re going to have to wrestle better than we did last weekend,” he said. “The competition definitely is up.”
Class 4A Narrows League Championships
Team scores-1, South Kitsap 392. 2, Shelton 240.5. 3, Olympia 216. 4, Central Kitsap 207.5. 5, Bellarmine Prep 163. 6, Gig Harbor 119. 7, Mount Tahoma 81. 8, Stadium 33.5.
103-Kolby Fenton (SK) d. Ian Franz (BP) 7-0. 112-Ty McCullough (She) d. Colin Bryant (SK) by injury default. 119-Terrill Wilson (SK) p. Warren Sprecher (CK) 3:03. 125-Jakeob Garrick (She) d. Joey Troyer (CK) 18-13. 130-Kyle Iverson (GH) p. Ian Sprecher (CK) 2:50. 135-Greg Morrison (SK) p. Paul Kim (Oly) 3:48. 140-Brenden Hartshorn (SK) d. Adam Coffman (She) 8-6. 145-Cody Barich (SK) d. Bryce Broome (SK) 15-1. 152-Kris Fenton (SK) d. Tyler Kahl (CK) 7-2. 160-Colby Barber (She) p. Tanner Wright (Oly) 4:56. 171-Michael Neiner (SK) p. Jonathen Dennis (She) 1:28. 189-Conner Hartmann (SK) p. Justin Henry (Oly) 3:59. 215-Joel Anthony (Oly) d. Eddie Meisner (SK) 10-4. 285-Kyle Lanoue (CK) d. Jake Baker (GH) 9-1.
103-Zach Dean (MT) won by no contest. 112-Drew Guertin (CK) d. Kevin Tran (Oly) 6-4. 119-Alejandro Sanchez (MT) p. Bobby Niel (She) 1:15. 125-Josh McCarthy (BP) d. Matt Haberlach (SK) 7-4. 130-David Ladenburg (BP) p. Ivan Fielder (She) 4:36. 135-Raven Paulino (CK) d. Jacob Spadoni (GH) 3-0. 140-Garrison Grisaffi (BP) d. Josh Smeland (SK) 4-1. 145-Kurt Koemmpel (CK) d. Matt Goldsby (She) 6-4. 152-Ben Small (GH) d. Levi Shinners (SK) 9-6. 160-Sam Skinner (SK) d. Logan Rants (Oly) 15-3. 171-Richard Anua (MT) d. Brett McDonald (CK) 14-2. 189-Tanner Hartosch (Oly) p. Sean Dennis (GH) 1:47. 215-Jake Villars (SK) p. Ben Anderson (She) :54. 285-Connor Wilmovsky (Oly) p. Fatu Tuupo (MT) :55.