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GIG HARBOR — He expressed concern about how his team would respond to such a short layoff.
But there were no such worries afterward for coach Chad Nass as South Kitsap defeated Gig Harbor 64-18 Monday night in a Class 4A Narrows League dual match.
The Tides scored 12 of their points on forfeits as the Wolves had no competitors in the 113- and 126-pound weight classes. While Nass said depth is a concern in the lighter weights, he does not foresee South regularly forfeiting at those spots as his team injuries prevented multiple wrestlers from competing.
Among the Wolves’ points, 36 came via pin. That dominance impressed Nass just two days after his team placed fourth in the 16-team Olympic Dream Duals. The match against the Tides initially was scheduled for Tuesday, but Nass said a conflict with the gym necessitated the switch.
“I was a little bit nervous that we would come out flat,” he said. “I thought the kids came out great and wrestled really hard.”
Senior Ben de Lacy featured one of South’s pins. The 145-pounder was competitive with Michael Ferrara for two rounds before de Lacy secured the victory in 4:18 minutes. He trailed 2-0 during the first round.
“He came out, I caught him and his arm was behind him,” de Lacy said. “I just flipped him over and pinned him.”
The Wolves’ only non-forfeit loss came during the opening match when Gavin Spadoni pinned Matt Pace in 2:56. Despite that, Nass was pleased with Pace’s performance.
“I was really proud of him,” he said. “He’s moving in the right direction.”
Because Ryan Rea won by forfeit at 126 pounds, along with Gig Harbor’s Eric North at 132, the coaches decided to pit the pair against each other in an exhibition match. Rea won the match, which did not count toward South’s point total.
“Ryan Rea keeps getting better every time out,” Nass said.
South won the final 10 matches — three by forfeit. It was the Wolves’ second most dominant win of the season following their 69-12 league-opening victory Dec. 6 against Stadium.
During Saturday’s Olympic Dream Duals at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion, South defeated Rogers 51-26 in the first round and followed that with a 42-30 victory versus Wenatchee. The Wolves lost 53-15 in the semifinals against Tahoma before suffering a 41-25 setback against Union in the third/fourth-place match.
“We’ve got a good mix of veteran and inexperience,” Nass said. “That’s a good test early in the season to see where we want to get to eventually.”
South was led by senior heavyweight Damien Medeiros, who pinned Union’s Aaron Anderson in 1:39 in his final match. Medeiros was undefeated at the tournament.
“Our kids were resilient,” Nass said. “We were in a lot of matches. I felt like we wrestled tough.”
The Wolves next compete in the two-day Hammerhead Invitational, which begins Friday at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion.
“We’ve got a couple of little nagging injuries,” Nass said. “Hopefully we’ll get healed up.”
South Kitsap 64, at Gig Harbor 18
106-Gavin Spadoni (GH) p. Matt Pace 2:56. 113-Mac Davis (GH) won by forfeit. 120-Ryan Rea (SK) won by forfeit. 126-Eric North (GH) won by forfeit. 132-Joel Sherman (SK) p. Blaize Stevenson 1:17. 138-Adam Lutovsky (SK) p. Braden Pepich 0:24. 145-Ben de Lacy (SK) p. Michael Ferrara 4:18. 152-Adam Gascoyne (SK) p. Austin Warren 0:20. 160-Ridge Gilbertson (SK) won by forfeit. 172-Sam Skinner d. Blake Moser 13-5. 182-Bryce Broome (SK) p. Elijah Wilson 1:46. 195-Michael Beard (SK) p. Matt Smith 0:37. 220-Illya Tsveytkov (SK) won by forfeit. 285-Damien Medeiros (SK) won by forfeit.