SK brandishes 'triple-edged sword

The South Kitsap wrestling team traditionally has dominated its Narrows League foes.

So how do the Wolves measure themselves?

Not by points, but performance.

South (5-0 league) swept its three league matches Wednesday at Olympia High School, but wasn’t entirely pleased with the 55-18 victory against Gig Harbor to start the afternoon.

“We had kind of a slow first match against Gig Harbor,” said South senior Matt Foxworthy, the state’s top-ranked wrestler in the Class 4A 215-pound class.

“We kind of had a team-group talk and said, ‘Come on, we have to go after them.’ We put points on the board after that.”

South coach Chad Nass included the Olympia match in that assessment, even though he considered the Bears the toughest competition of the day. South defeated them 42-25 in the second match.

“We definitely wrestled better the third match than we did the first two,” he said. “The kids got after it.”

And Foxworthy said there was no shortage of motivation when the Wolves beat Central Kitsap 63-15 to end the day. Foxworthy was a tight end and defensive lineman on the football team that lost 49-21 to the Cougars in September.

“You’re always asking, ‘Did you play football?’ ” he said. “You’re always hoping if they did and they beat you, the guy you get to wrestle is the guy who played football.”

Another South football player, Deandre Jackson, agreed. Jackson, who usually wrestles at 160, moved up to 171 for the final match and pinned CK’s Jake Newell in 1 minute, 47 seconds.

“They’re our rival school,” he said. “You don’t have to get yourself angry, it just happens.”

Foxworthy probably had the most dominate performance for the Wolves. He pinned all three of his opponents, ranging from 8 seconds to 1:59.

“The guy goes out there and pins guys in like 6 seconds,” Jackson said.

Nass, who won the state championship at 141 for South in 1992, also was upbeat about Foxworthy’s performance.

“He’s pretty impressive every time he goes out there,” Nass said. “If he just keeps wrestling like he does, good things are going to happen.”

He also noted that Foxworthy, who placed third at last season’s Mat Classic, has made significant improvement with his technique.

Foxworthy himself said he hopes the extra work along with the time in the weight room makes him a “double-bladed sword this year.”

Foxworthy was among several notable contributors for South. Simon Kipperberg (112) and Kyle Fenton (130) also pinned all three of their opponents. At 125, Adam Ferguson pinned two opponents and won another match by forfeit. Quincy Lyman (140) also had a pair of pins and won another match on a decision.

Nass also was happy with Jackson, whose only loss came in a 5-4 decision against Olympia’s Nico Garcia.

“He was in it and it could’ve went either way,” Nass said. “I feel like he’s starting to turn the corner and get his confidence back a bit.”

Some wrestlers from other schools didn’t like the three-match format because they said fatigue was a factor by the end of the day, but the Wolves didn’t seem to mind.

“A lot of mat time is always good for you,” Jackson said. “You can’t get enough of it.”

And Foxworthy feels it was good preparation for Mat Classic.

“With the state tournament, you wrestle multiple guys in one day,” he said. “You’ve got to get a pace to what you do after a match -- you’ve got to eat, drink and maybe take a nap.”

Brady Zurn, a junior who wrestles at 152 for the Wolves, also felt the triple dual gave him an opportunity to see how strong his team is.

“These are the three toughest teams in our league so it shows us where we’re at,” he said. “I think they’re tougher than they were last year.”

South Kitsap 55, Gig Harbor 18

103-Joel Miner (SK) forfeit, 112-Simon Kipperberg (SK) p. Barves (GH) 3:46, 119-Reece Jewett (SK) p. Hancock 1:56, 125-Adam Ferguson (SK) forfeit, 130-Kyle Fenton (SK) p. Hillard 1:59, 135-Davey Browne (GH) p. Kyle Bamonte 5:56, 140-Quincy Lyman (SK) p. Olson 4:45, 145-Brian Padmos (SK) won by decision over Graffe (GH) 10-1, 152-Jesse Chun (GH) p. Brady Zurn 3:59, 160-Deandre Jackson (SK) d. Mike Earl 9-4, 171-Joe Brown (GH) d. Jon Morris 11-8, 189-Ubben (GH) d. Brad Feddersen 12-10, 215-Matt Foxworthy (SK) p. Siva :08, 285-Tom Decker (SK) forfeit.

South Kitsap 42, Olympia 25

103-Joel Miner (SK) forfeit, 112-Simon Kipperberg (SK) p. Paul Kim 3:39, 119-Codey Chapman (O) d. Reece Jewett 15-3, 125-Adam Ferguson (SK) p. Oneil Kwangujanh 4:38, 130-Kyle Fenton (SK) p. Bradley Gooden 1:47, 135-Kyle Bamonte (SK) p. Josh Their (O) :52, 140-Quincy Lyman (SK) d. Franklin Kline 6-4, 145-Brian Padmos (SK) d. Adam Dahlgren 6-2, 152-Jordan Hein (OLY) d. Brady Zurn 5-2, 160-Nico Garcia (O) d. Deandre Jackson 5-4, 171-Travis Landshut (O) p. Jon Morris 3:07, 189-Steven Julian (O) d. Brad Feddersen 16-10, 215-Matt Foxworthy (SK) p. Justin Calkins 1:59, 285-David Correa (O) p. Tom Decker 3:26.

South Kitsap 63, Central Kitsap 15

103-Joel Miner (SK) forfeit, 112-Simon Kipperberg (SK) p. Khris Ht (CK) 1:11, 119-Trevor Stanburg (CK) p. Reece Jewett 1:40, 125-Adam Ferguson (SK) p. Brad Franco 3:25, 130-Kyle Fenton (SK) p. Ethan Beek :35, 135-Kyle Bamonte (SK) p. Kaleb Presson :30, 140-Quincy Lyman (SK) p. Karl Koemmpel 1:15, 145-Kent Manalo (CK) p. Brian Padmos 3:50, 152-Brady Zurn (SK) d. Chad Massidda 6-3, 160-Connor Worthington (CK) d. Taylor Lyman 17-15 OT, 171-Deandre Jackson (SK) p. Jake Newell 1:47, 189-Brad Feddersen (SK) forfeit, 215-Matt Foxworthy (SK) p. Justin Williams 1:23, 285-Tom Decker (SK) p. Lorenzo Smith 1:53.

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