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 Olympic’s 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 Enumclaw’s Jake Gonzalez 16-6 in a major decision; junior Jon Potts (189) lost to Enumclaw’s Gage Elder 13-6; and senior Devin Spencer (215) was beaten by Shelton’s 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 Johnson’s endurance is what wins out in most of his matches.

“He’s always tough that way to the end,” Hudiburg said. “He never quits. We always figure if it’s close in the third round he’d probably win. He’s just been that way.”

Johnson didn’t 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 can’t 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 that’s 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

Team Results

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.

Championship Matches

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.

Third-place Matches

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.

Fifth-place matches

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.

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