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Johnson wins title, SK finishes third at Matmen
Trailing by a point with just under 30 seconds to go, South Kitsap High School senior Dustin Johnson said he had Olympics Ryan Wheeler right where he wanted him.
Competing in the 125-pound title match of the Central Kitsap Matmen Classic wrestling tournament Saturday evening, Johnson scored a takedown and three near-fall points with 28 seconds to go to win the match 12-8.
Johnson one of four SK wrestlers who made it to the championship match was the lone Wolf to take first place at the tournament.
SK placed third overall with a 192.5 points 26 points behind first-place Enumclaw and 21 points behind Central Kitsap.
Sophomore Brandon Kelly (112 pounds) lost to Enumclaws Jake Gonzalez 16-6 in a major decision; junior Jon Potts (189) lost to Enumclaws Gage Elder 13-6; and senior Devin Spencer (215) was beaten by Sheltons Cody Simmons 14-8.
Johnson (20-2) said he was too confident in his match to be concerned with his slight deficit in the waning seconds.
The match really went how me and my coaches planned because we knew that I had a lot more endurance than him, Johnson said. The idea was to work him for two rounds and in the third round make my move.
SK coach Ron Hudiburg said Johnsons endurance is what wins out in most of his matches.
Hes always tough that way to the end, Hudiburg said. He never quits. We always figure if its close in the third round hed probably win. Hes just been that way.
Johnson didnt wrestle Wheeler in the dual meet with Olympic two weeks ago because Wheeler wrestled up to 130 pounds.
Knowing Wheeler is naturally a 125-pound wrestler, Johnson said he was hoping to meet up with him at the Matmen Classic.
I wanted to wrestle him and I really wanted to beat him, Johnson said.
I felt real confident against him because I could feel he was gassing (out) more than I was. It was kind of nerve-wracking but I was confident.
As a team SK placed 13 of its 14 wrestlers.
Ten SK wrestlers made it to the semifinals but only four won their semifinal match.
Hudiburg said it was still a pretty good showing for his team.
We lost a couple of close ones but our goal was to be top four, and we did so we cant say anything bad, Hudiburg said. We could have got a couple of those close ones but sometimes that happens.
Johnson said the semifinals may have been a little disappointing, but seeing guys place through the consolation bracket was encouraging.
As a team, I thought we were going to do better, Johnson said. We had a really bad round in the semis. But we had quite a few of them come through and place. We had four guys in the finals so thats good.
SK will see Central Kitsap again this Saturday at the SK Invitational before the two teams meet for the much anticipated dual meet Jan. 28 at the SK gym.
Matmen Classic XXVI
1, Enumclaw 218.5. 2, Central Kitsap 213.5. 3, South Kitsap 192.5. 4, Tahoma 190.5. 5, Olympic 108. 6, Auburn-Riverside 104. 7, North Kitsap 56.5. 8, Newport 54. 9, Mt. Tahoma 50. 10, Shelton 39.5. 11, Bremerton 10. 12, Monroe 0. 13, Squalicum 0.
103 Alex Jaime (Olympic) dec. Austin Templeton (Central Kitsap) 9-0. 112 Jake Gonzales (Enumclaw) maj. dec. Brandon Kelly (South Kitsap) 16-6. 119 Glen Wood (Tahoma) dec. Joel Anerson (E) 13-7. 125 Dustin Johnson (SK) dec. Ryan Wheeler (O) 12-8. 130 James Barr Finch (Auburn-Riverside) tech. fall Jesse Hayden (E) 22-4. 135 Chad Eickmeyer (CK) fall Jimmy Akiyama (Newport) 17-13. 140 Nick Tompkins (T) dec. Jason Sencil (CK) 5-1. 145 Mike Frerichs (CK) win by disqual. 152 Quintin Josie (E) dec. Josh Martinelli (CK) 105. 160 Clark Hutchman (North Kitsap) dec. Troy Hanson (E) 6-2. 171 Clyde Switzer (O) maj. dec. Tom Lorenson (T) 14-4. 189 Gage Elder (E) dec. John Potts (SK) 13-6. 215 Cody Simmons (Shelton) dec. Devin Spencer 14-8. 275 Will Blashko (T) p. Josh Lowry (E) 1:42.
103 Amberle Montgomery (T) dec. Chris Koontz (E) 1-0. 112 Ryan Nunez (CK) TIE Mike Caniparoli (T). 119 Tonio Thacker (AR) dec. Tyson Hicks (CK) 5-2. 125 Jadon Redding (AR) dec. Brad Parker (E) 2-0. 130 Donny DeRusha (CK) p. Ryan Poppe (CK) 2:16. 135 Travis Towne (CK) inj. def. Adam Thiessen (AR). 140 Branden Nilles (E) maj. dec. Josh Luttman (N) 10-1. 145 Pat Kelly (SK) TIE Justin Burt (E). 152 John Cisney (SK) maj. dec. LA Davis (T) 15-5. 160 Mike Custer (CK) TIE Jacob Bowers (T). 171 AJ Weber (NK) p. Cody Franzen (S) 4:30. 189 Braxton Rawls (Mount Tahoma) TIE Austin Hicks (O). 215 Ryan Grose (T) p. Bryan Jourdan (T) 3:52. 275 Kyle Clerget (E) p. Clayton Hutchins (SK) 2:42.
103 Brook Fitzsimmons (AR) TIE Diego Martinez (MT). 112 Leilani Akiyama (N) TIE Jomer Calma (CK). 119 Jacob Coppinger (SK) dec. Todd Frerichs (AR) 2-1. 125 Michael Harding (E) TIE Travis Marsh (T). 130 Micha Kripperberg (SK) inj. def. Beau Wiebenga (E). 135 Charlie Yancy (E) p. James Thompson (SK) 4:22. 140 Craig Senter (SK) p. Dustin Heistand (Bremerton) 4:14. 145 Tyler Cowgill (CK) TIE Mario Essig (MT). 152 Leo Pendergraft (NK) p. Dominick Boger (T) 4:43. 160 Jake Kathan (SK) TIE Nate Goldman (T). 171 Will Ostag (CK) dec. Jeff Cink (SK) 18-15. 189 Daniel Mayfield (CK) TIE Eric Kronagi (O). 215 Zach Taylor (E) TIE James McInroy (AR). 275 David Tracy (MT) dec. Josh Allbee (O) 2-1.