Wrestling: Wolves recover from early deficit to down Shelton

Winning and South Kitsap wrestling often are synonymous.

But after the Wolves defeated Shelton 40-19 on Tuesday night in a Class 4A Narrows League dual match, coach Chad Nass talked about a loss.

That came during the first match of the night when South’s Sean Lutovsky lost a 9-6 decision against Ivan Fiedler at 126 pounds. But when the two last faced each other during the Dec. 29-30 Pacific Coast Tournament in Vancouver, Lutovsky lost 16-1.

“That was a moral victory and I think it kind of got guys fired up,” Nass said. “It set the tone.”

The Highclimbers quickly built a 7-0 lead when Jakeob Garrick defeated Matt Haberlach at 132.

Nass said before the season began that Shelton might be the biggest threat to end the Wolves’ streak of consecutive wins in dual-league matches, which now is 181, since their last loss against North Thurston in 1992. At team camp during the summer, South tied the Highclimbers, 33-all, but lost on criteria.

Shelton coach Chris Lacy seemed to sense an opportunity. He originally did not have a wrestler slated to compete at 195, but reshuffled his lineup to avoid a forfeit, which would have cost his team six points.

In a rematch of last year’s league finals, Brenden Hartshorn earned the Wolves’ first win with a 9-3 decision against Adam Coffman at 138. That started a streak of five consecutive victories that culminated with Adam Gascoyne pinning Ricardo Franco in 20 seconds at 170. That gave South a 21-7 lead.

The win streak ended when Colby Barber won an 8-4 decision against Tristan Hartmann at 182.

“(Barber) was our league champion last year and he was with that guy the entire way,” Nass said. “It was a really good match.”

Jake Villars, who initially did not expect to compete, then won a 12-10 decision against Johnathen Dennis.

“I wasn’t ready for it because at first I thought I had a bye,” Villars said. “I wasn’t too warmed up. I got really tired in there.”

Villars, who led most of the contest, was awarded two penalty points during the match.

“When those caution points were made I was just thinking that I wanted to catch my breath,” he said. “It definitely helped a little bit.”

Nass said Villars’ match along with Josh Smeland, who scored a reversal with 30 seconds left to secure a 7-5 win at 152, were crucial toward securing the victory.

“The kids really wrestled well,” he said. “I was really happy.”

After Thursday’s match at Mount Tahoma, the Wolves head to Central Kitsap for the Matman Classic where they again will see Shelton in the 16-team bracket.

At South Kitsap 40, Shelton 19

106-Kolby Fenton (SK) p. Taylor Haskell 1:12. 113-Ty McCullough (S) p. Elijah Quinene 0:28. 120-Joel Sherman (SK) d. Kenny Zacarias 19-6. 126-Ivan Fiedler (S) d. Sean Lutovsky 9-6. 132-Jakeob Garrick (S) d. Matt Haberlach 11-2. 138-Brenden Hartshorn (SK) d. Adam Coffman 9-3. 145-Cody Rose (SK) d. Shelby Saulsbury 11-1. 152-Josh Smeland (SK) d. MalachI Conklin 7-5. 160-Sam Skinner (SK) tf. Matt Goldsby 18-3. 170-Adam Gascoyne (SK) p. Ricardo Franco :20. 182-Colby Barber (S) d. Tristan Hartmann 8-4. 195-Jake Villars (SK) d. Johnathen Dennis 12-10. 220-Eddie Meisner (SK) p. Betsaid Garcia 2:27. 285-Ben Anderson (S) d. Austin Kanouse 2-0.

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