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Lightweights save South Kitsap from upset-minded Abes

"The preseason hype for the South Kitsap High School wrestling team had focused on a rematch with the Capital Cougars - until two weeks ago.While Capital is hungry for revenge after SK's 29-20 win last year, SKwas forced to put thoughts of a rematch on the back burner and prepare for a Lincoln team fresh off a win over Capital.All of a sudden, it was Lincoln that looked like the team who could upend the Wolves and put a stop to the their 78-match Narrows League winning streak.The Abes, led by 215-pound state champion K.C. Walsh, entered the SK gym last Thursday with upset on their minds, but SK reeled off the first 23 points and held off a strong Lincoln squad 41-30.With an expected win against Mount Tahoma yesterday after press time, the Wolves would enter Christmas break with a 79-match league winning streak.The team won't compete again until Dec. 29, when it travels to the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash.SK hopes to have all of its guns for that tournament.Injuries have hobbled the varsity squad, but the team's depth has enabled it to remain undefeated.Against Lincoln, the Wolves clinched a victory when junior Evan Winslow (160 pounds) scored a 9-0 major decision against Mario Vaiese and gave SK a 40-9 lead with four matches remaining.It turned out to be a crucial win, as Lincoln scored the final 21 points by a decision and three pins.SK coach Ron Hudiburg said SK's domination in the lighter weights was the difference of the match.Lincoln was successful against Capital because it kept Capital from scoring pins and technical falls.The Wolves made sure the pressure didn't fall on the shoulders of the younger and more inexperienced core of wrestlers making their first varsity appearances this season.Juniors Kyle Timbers (103) and Derek Kipperberg (112), and senior Aaron Kipperberg (119) got the ball rolling for SK with three consecutive pins.After Timbers pinned Alicia Rowley in 15 seconds, Derek Kipperberg led only 4-0 when he pinned Ben Torres at the buzzer in the first period.Aaron Kipperberg, leading only 4-2 in the second period, pinned Jon Gilbee with 1:11 remaining. Senior Patrick Heather added salt to the Abes' wounds with an 18-3 technical fall against Matt Yates.Sophomore John Cisney, wrestling in place of the injured Jon Furuta, ended Lincoln's scoreless streak with a 7-2 loss to Rob McGruder.Up 23-3, seniors Art Lim (135) and Albert Fruner (140) coasted to victories to increase the lead to 31-3.Jacob Kathan (145) was another sophomore asked to step in for an injured SK wrestler (KC Bayne), and suffered a pin in the first period against Jesse Mejia. Junior Kyle Caldon (152) countered with a pin against Todd Gaines to give SK a 37-9 lead.Winslow held off Mario Vaiese 6-0 to clinch the SK victory.Senior Lowell Bosch (171) highlighted the competition with the match of the night.He and Jason Caldwell took a 0-0 score into the third and final period.Caldwell scored a takedown but Bosch countered with a reversal to knot the score at 2-2.Bosch used all his efforts to contain Caldwell and keep him from scoring an escape point, but Caldwell broke his grasp to take a 3-2 lead.With less than 15 second remaining Bosch mustered as much strength as he could and nearly had a take down when he forced Caldwell on the mat, but the referee deemed no one was in control when the buzzer sounded.Senior Russell Bishop (189) suffered a second round pin to Pat Walsh, and sophomore Devon Spencer lasted into the second period before succumbing to state champion KC Walsh.SK freshman Jon Potts, wrestling for the injured Buddy Anderson, was pinned 43 seconds into the first period.There has been no timetable for the return of the injured Wolves' wrestlers, but none of the injuries have been deemed serious. "

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