SK holds off Olympic’s upset bid

With four matches remaining, the Olympic High School wrestling team remained in the hunt to upset South Kitsap and hand the Wolves their first loss since 1992 Thursday night at Olympic.

Olympic all but assured itself of winning the final two matches at 275 and 103 pounds.

The match hinged on South Kitsap’s Casey Watkins (189 pounds) and Devin Spencer (215).

Facing a tough opponent in Olympic’s Austin Hicks, Watkins responded under pressure with a 13-5 major decision.

Spencer followed with an electric pin against Robert Cook to push SK to an insurmountable 36-14 lead.

Olympic’s Josh Allbee (275) followed, as expected, with a 12-3 major decision, and Alex Jaime quickly handed SK’s Tyler Hoskins a quick pin to pull the final score to a respectable 36-24 SK win.

Hudiburg said the match went as he expected.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” he said. “We knew they had a good team and we had to win the close ones. We got beat where I thought we would.”

Spencer said the strategy going into his match was one he always goes by: to win.

Spencer said he knew the match was won after Watkins’ major decision.

“I felt pretty confident going in there, but I knew I still needed to win my match to secure it,” Spencer said. “Coach told me the only thing I needed was a win, which is what I try to go out there and do.”

SK chipped away early at Olympic, winning seven of its first nine matches.

SK senior Pat Kelly (145) was the first SK wrestler to create some distance from Olympic.

With SK leading by just four points 14-10, Kelly pinned Cody Gap 58 seconds into the match to push SK’s lead to 10 points.

Kelly said the Wolves were prepared all week for a tough match on the road.

“We knew we had a pretty good lineup coming in, and the coaches got us geared up,” Kelly said. “We’re pretty excited about this win because this is one of the better teams we’ve had in a long time.”

Spencer said team preparation had a big hand in the win.

“We prepared all week for this match,” Spencer said. “Coach told us they were going to come after us and they did. I think we prepared well and handled it well.”

With two tournaments and a dual meet with Central Kitsap pending, Hudiburg said the middle of January is where SK wrestling can be truly measured.

“Once you get past the first of the year you’ve got the two tournaments in between which are always hard,” Hudiburg said. “We start bearing down here and try to peak in the end where all the marbles are.”

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