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Foxworthy loses his first match at state tourney
Since losing against Heritages Brandon Richardson a year ago at Mat Classic, Matt Foxworthys focus has been clear: Become the 12th state champion in the South Kitsap High School history.
And for nearly an entire season, it appeared the states top-ranked Class 4A wrestler at 215 pounds would accomplish just that. He entered this years Mat Classic with a 34-0 record and 28 pins.
Hes dreamed about this and worked toward it for the last year, South coach Chad Nass said. Im sure hes dreamed about it longer than that.
After winning his first three matches, he was pitted against Central Valleys Tyler Cochran, whom Foxworthy defeated 14-4 in last years state consolation quarterfinals en route to a third-place finish.
But a repeat wasnt in store this time as Foxworthy lost an early lead and the title when Cochran scored a reversal in overtime to earn a 6-4 win Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.
I never want to tell anyone Im 37-1 and tell them which match I lost, Foxworthy said. Its disappointing.
And with that, he disappeared into the locker room.
He opened Friday with a win against Redmonds Esteban Herrera by fall in 3 minutes, 8 seconds and then defeated Marysville-Pilchucks Tannon Hillis the same way in 3:15.
In Saturdays semifinals, he earned a 6-1 win against Kentwoods Sean Staaleson.
That set up the title match against Cochran, who needed overtime to win 12-10 in the semifinals versus Heritages Donavon Cunningham.
Cochran trailed 3-0 into the second period, but earned a point when Foxworthy was called for stalling and then tied the match when he avoided a trip attempt and took him down. Cochran then took his first lead, 4-3, early in the third.
Foxworthy tied the match, 4-all, and forced overtime when Cochran was charged with a stall with 26 seconds left.
In overtime, Cochran got the taller Foxworthy off balance and took him down for the win. The two wrestlers frequently were locked up during the match, which frustrated Foxworthy.
Theres not a lot you can do with a guy whos going to wrestle you Greco-Roman, he said. He won, hes the state champion.
Nass said the outcome surprised him he expected a high-scoring match. And even though he wont finish his career at South as a champion, Nass hopes Foxworthy views his high-school career as a success.
Hes got a lot of things going for him, said Nass, who won the state championship for the Wolves at 141 in 1992. I know hes hurting right now, but hes got a great family, hes got a lot of opportunities ahead of him. If this is the worst thing that ever happens to him, hes pretty darn lucky.
Second place, Nass concluded, theres 14 other guys who would change places with him in a heartbeat. He had a great season.