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SK win streak stands at 150 and counting

The South Kitsap wrestling team not only concluded their regular season Tuesday night.

They reached another benchmark.

With their 47-22 Narrows League victory against Foss, the Wolves have won 150 consecutive league matches since 1992.

“It’s a really great feeling,” South coach Chad Nass said. “Sixteen years is a long time and it’s something to be proud of.”

The Wolves haven’t lost a league match since late 1992 against North Thurston, when Nass was a freshman wrestler at Pacific Lutheran University. Earlier that year, he won the state championship at 141 pounds for South.

He noted that the Wolves have faced some challenges to maintain the streak. In 2001, South defeated Capital by two points even though they only won 6 of 14 matches.

No team came closer than Olympia, which lost 42-25 on Dec. 19, to defeating the Wolves this season.

Nass, who teaches physical education at South, is in his fourth season as the coach. He inherited the streak when Ron Hudiburg retired in 2004 after 19 years.

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned from Ron is that you coach every kid equally,” said Nass, noting that 2007 graduate Kurtis Fenton didn’t win a match as a seventh- and eighth-grader before he placed fourth at state last year.

Equality was apparent as the Wolves won 10 of 14 matches against Foss. Matt Foxworthy again sat out with an illness -- he also missed the Central Kitsap Matman Classic and SK Invitational the last two weekends -- but Brad Fedderson moved up from the 189-pound weight class to 215 and earned a 16-0 technical fall victory against Casey Hanson.

“Brad Fedderson is on a roll,” Nass said. “He looked great.”

Fedderson said he just needed to “hydrate a little more than usual,” but said the transition was easy. And while he said the team has larger goals than the league-win streak, he was happy to continue it for the next class of seniors.

“It’s pretty nice to go through South Kitsap and say, ‘I never lost a match while I was there,’ ” he said.

Another senior, Kyle Bamonte, was just 2 years old the last time South lost a league match. He pinned Tim Annoni in 32 seconds at 130.

“I feel honored to be a part of 150 because it’s the longest streak in Washington,” Bamonte said. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since my sophomore year.”

Nass said he was pleased with the performance of several wrestlers. About his only disappointment was that Quincy Lyman (140) and Deandre Jackson (160) didn’t have an opportunity to wrestle because of a forfeit and injury their respective opponents.

“I felt bad because those guys were seniors,” Nass said.

After a couple of busy weeks, the Wolves now break until the postseason begins Feb. 1 with the Narrows League sub-regional tournament at Foss High School.

103-Joel Miner (SK) d. Kevin Nguyen, 13-6; 112-Simon Kipperberg (SK) d. Kamm Freudenstein, 4-0; 119-Jenson Chau (F) d. over Reece Jewett (SK) 20-11; 125-Adam Ferguson (SK) d. Coby Horner, 4-0; 130-Kyle Bamonte (SK) p. Tim Annoni, :32; 135-Kyle Fenton (SK) p. Tyler Elliot, 3:23; 140-Quincy Lyman (SK) won by forfeit; 145-Brian Padmos (SK) won by forfeit; 152-Brady Zurn (SK) d. Tommy Garrett, 7-6; 160-Deandre Jackson (SK) inj. def. Josh Hartford; 171-Evan Hanson (F) p. Jon Morris, 4:31; 189-Antoine Paige (F) p. Robert Vossbrink, :44; 215-Brad Feddersen (SK) tech. fall Casey Hanson, 16-0; 285-Drew Reynolds (F) p. Tom Decker (SK) :57.

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