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Foxworthy advances sans pins
Two days and no pins.
Thats not unusual for most wrestlers, but South Kitsap senior Matt Foxworthy pinned 28 opponents in his first 31 matches. Foxworthy, the top-ranked Class 4A wrestler at 215 pounds, improved to 34-0 and was the only Wolves wrestler to take first place at Saturdays regionals at Foss High School, but he did it without a pin.
Its a little frustrating I didnt get pins, but I took a lot of good shots, Foxworthy said.
He said some of that was strategic. Foxworthy, who won a 10-1 decision against Rogers Jordan Waits for the championship, said he wanted to wrestle opponents for full 6 minutes in preparation for state, where tough opponents likely will be more difficult to pin than previous opponents.
South coach Chad Nass shared his perspective, saying that its always good to go three hard rounds.
He really wanted to get his offense going. He knows when he gets to state, hes going to have to shoot more. He could tie up with you if you want to tie up with him, or he can shoot at you. He showed hes not just one dimensional.
Foxworthy got it in his semifinal match when Beamers David Sullivan took him down and trailed just 4-3 after one period. Foxworthy rebounded to earn a 12-5 win.
We wrestled last year and hes a fighter, Foxworthy said. Its good for me to get a taste of all different wrestlers.
He helped the Wolves finish with 138.5 points, third behind Graham-Kapowsin (229.5) and Rogers (217). Emerald Ridge (118) and Beamer (102) rounded out the top five in the 19-team field.
In addition to Foxworthy, sophomore Joel Miner (second place, 103 pounds), junior Simon Kipperberg (third, 112), junior Adam Ferguson (fourth, 125) and senior Brad Feddersen (second, 189) all placed in the top four for South to qualify in Friday and Saturdays Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome. Two teammates, junior Kyle Fenton (130) and senior Quincy Lyman (140), will serve as alternates.
Feddersen, who has a 28-10 record, won 15 consecutive matches and hadnt lost since the Jan. 12 Central Kitsap Matman Classic. He lost 12-3 in the final against Emerald Ridges Erik Halsey.
I was hoping to win, but it was a good match and theres still next week, said Feddersen, who will make his first Mat Classic appearance.
Miner, who has a 28-6 record, also was close, but was pinned in the final by Curtis Cort Schatz in 5 minutes, 32 seconds. He also will make his first state appearance.
Its more than I expected at the beginning of the year, he said.
Kipperberg finished his day with a pin in 1:54 against Curtis Owen Williams.
Hes peaking at the right time, Nass said. It will be his second trip back to state and I think he wants to get more out of it.
Ferguson lost a 6-5 decision against Rogers Brian Bitney. Its the second consecutive year hes placed fourth at regionals in his weight class.
I was kind of hoping to do a little better, but theres some really good kids, Ferguson said. Im glad Im to state and get another shot at placing.
The five Wolves headed to Mat Classic represent one less than last year, but Nass isnt necessarily disappointed. He felt South could get seven, or eight, or two.
One difference between now and a year ago is the possibility of an individual state championship for the Wolves. Their last state championships came in 2006 when Josiah Kipperberg (112) and Brent Chriswell (189) both won titles. Foxworthy placed third last year.
Im kind of sad its here already, Foxworthy said. Im going to get a little choked up at the banquet. Its going to be a lot easier to leave as a state champion, though.
Mat Classic passes are $20 for adults, $14 for students and senior citizens. One-day tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens.
Team scoresGraham Kapowsin 229.5, Rogers 217, South Kitsap 138.5, Emerald Ridge 118, Todd Beamer 102, Curtis 92, Olympia 91, Puyallup 87, Bethel 74, Foss 68, North Kitsap 53.5, Central Kitsap 50, Gig Harbor 46, Spanaway Lake 40, Bellarmine 37, Mount Tahoma 37, Wilson 35, Lincoln 20, Stadium 8.
103Cort Schatz (Curtis) p. Joel Miner (SK) 5:32; 112Efrain Aguilar (GK) p. Kamm Freundenstein (Foss) 2:21; 119Zach Barnes (Wilson) won by injury default over Alex Acosta (Bethel); 125Kameron Bitney (Puyallup) d. Ryan Johnson (GK) 13-3; 130Trevor Mills (TB) d. Corey Obungen (TB) 14-2; 135Jared Sterling (Rogers) p. Tyler Enos (TB) 5:27; 140Jeff Eaton (Rogers) d. Gabe Weber (ER) 10-8; 145Alex Barley (GK) p. Brent Maybury (Rogers) 3:45; 152Brad Sweet (GK) d. Kyle Foster (Rogers) 11-3; 160Nick Budinger (Bethel) d. Tyler Story (GK) 6-5; 171Shayne Erickson (GK) d. Mitch Steed (ER) 4-0; 189Erik Halsey (ER) d. Brad Fedderson (SK) 12-3; 215Matt Foxworthy (SK) d. Jordan Waits (Rogers) 10-1; 285Jeff O'Connor (Curtis) d. Allan Thompson (Rogers) 6-5.
Third/Fourth places (South Kitsap only)
112Simon Kipperberg (SK) p. Owen Williams (Curtis) 1:54; 125Travis Bitney (Rogers) d. Adam Ferguson (SK) 6-5.