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Wolves prevail in sub-regionals, send 15 onward

South Kitsap won its 150th consecutive Narrows League match to end its regular season and continued its success Friday and Saturday at the sub-regional wrestling tournament at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Five Wolves — Joel Miner (103 pounds), Adam Ferguson (125), Kyle Fenton (130), Brad Feddersen (189) and Matt Foxworthy (215) — won the championship in their weight classes. They will be joined by 10 other South competitors who placed in the top seven at the regional tournament Friday and Saturday at Foss High School.

Those efforts helped South place first among 11 participating teams with 290.5 points. Central Kitsap (224.5), Olympia (215.5), Foss (173.5) and Bellarmine Prep (172) rounded out the top five.

The Wolves’ depth might have been best exhibited in the 130-pound weight class. Fenton won an 11-3 decision against teammate Spencer Ricketson in the final. It was the only situation where two South wrestlers faced each other outside of the first round.

“Obviously it’s good because they’re moving on to the next weekend and we scored a lot of team points, but it’s kind of tough to sit there and coach in that situation,” South coach Chad Nass said. “You wouldn’t want one kid to think you’re rooting for the other guy.”

Nass didn’t have to worry about a similar scenario at 215. Matt Foxworthy, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A wrestler in that class, pinned his first two opponents in 38 and 47 seconds and Foss’ Casey Hanson in 1 minute, 16 seconds to claim the championship. He improved his record to 31-0 this season with 28 pins.

“He’s (Hanson) a really strong wrestler,” Foxworthy said. “I had to put him on his back four or five times before I pinned him. I respect how hard he tried.”

Nass said Foxworthy should expect that type of challenge — and more — to come.

“He’ll get some good competition this weekend in regionals,” he said. “He’s going to have to bring his best wrestling, which he’s done up to this point.”

While Foxworthy placed third at 215 in last year’s Mat Classic, Feddersen hopes to earn his first state berth this weekend. He won all of his four matches, the last against Olympia’s Steven Julian in 1:08.

“No disrespect to Steve Julian because he’s a great wrestler, but the way Feddersen has wrestled him the last two times it’s hard to believe he lost to him,” Nass said. “He’s pinned him in the first round both times and in pretty dominating fashion.

“Brad’s on a roll right now and it’s really fun to watch.”

As dominant as Foxworthy and Feddersen were, Miner had to win a 12-10 decision in the semifinal against Bellarmine Prep’s David Ladenburg before he pinned Foss’ Kevin Nguyen in 3:26 for the championship.

“Joel Miner had a great semifinal match,” Nass said. “He was on his back for almost all the two minutes and I don’t know how he kept from being pinned. He’s got some heart out there.”

After a first-round bye, Ferguson pinned all three of his opponents. He pinned Olympia’s Oneil Kwangwanh in 2:40 for the championship.

Other South wrestlers who qualified for regionals are Simon Kipperberg (second place, 112 pounds); Brandon Eberle (fifth, 112); Rickets (second, 130); Kyle Bamonte (second, 135); Quincy Lyman (second, 140); Brian Patmos (third, 145); Brady Zurn (sixth, 152); Deandre Jackson (sixth, 160); Jon Morris (seventh, 171) and Tom Decker (seventh, 285).

“Our league was a lot more competitive this year than what it’s been the last few years,” said Nass, adding that he was happy with his team’s performance. “Some good kids of ours didn’t make it out.”

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