Wolves thrive in double-dual format

The format may be new, but the results were the same.

South Kitsap, fighting off the injury bug along with the mid-season blues, got some key performances from some unlikely names on Thursday night and defeated both Port Angeles and Shelton in a double-dual wrestling match.

The format, which saw the Wolves down Shelton 46-27 and Port Angeles 78-0, was new to a team gearing up for today’s Central Kitsap Invitational, the biggest tournament left on the schedule before the postseason starts.

“Time and money,” was the reason for the new format, SK co-coach Chad Nass said. “I’m more old-fashioned in that I like the old dual matches. The crowd was divided — half are watching one match, half are watching the other. I like it when you have a gym where everyone is watching the same match and the excitement that generates.”

South generated plenty of its own excitement in running its dual-match unbeaten streak to an incredible 117 matches in a row. The double-dual format has four teams wrestling two matches each, with the matches going on at the same time. In a way, it’s like a small tournament.

The Wolves started the day with Shelton and ended with Port Angeles, while Olympic was also thrown into the mix.

“They came out and wrestled us tough, they are a good team,” Nass said of the Highclimbers. “We had some good matches in there.”

There were the usual names winning their matches, but some of the unknowns continued to get their names out into the limelight.

Junior Brent Chriswell stayed unbeaten on the year with a pair of wins Thursday night. Chriswell, going at 171 pounds, pinned Ronald Yates of Shelton in the second round and took a forfeit against Port Angles to complete an easy night.

Josiah Kipperberg, going at 103 pounds, ran his record to 13-2 with a win over James Zyski of Shelton before sitting out the second match.

But two of the surprises came from Orry Perez and Bobby Arendsee, although Nass didn’t seemed to surprised with their results.

Perez, wrestling at 160 pounds, won both his matches by pin, taking down Shelton’s Britton Hakola in the third round. Perez then pinned Wyatt Davidson of PA in the second round of their match.

“Orry looked really good. He wrestled really well,” Nass said. “He’s getting his moves down and is starting to be a lot more aggressive. He’s kind of had a little bit of the injury bug from time to time, so he’s finally starting to get it in good shape.”

Arendsee also won both his matches. He pinned Logan Roadman of Shelton in the first round of their match and then took a forfeit in his second match when the Port Angeles’ wrestler got out of sequence and Arendsee ended up facing a 145-pounder instead of the Roughriders’ 140-pounder.

The match was declared a forfeit but it continued as an exhibition that Arendsee won 9-4 over Steve Pederson.

“He’s just kind of coming on,” Nass said. “Every time he goes out there he gets a little better. He’s one of the last guys, if not the last guy, to leave the practice room every day. And it’s really starting to pay off for him.”

South’s Lenny Schwartz, at 189 pounds, also won both of his matches, pinning Shelton’s Dale Speas and topping PA’s Stevie Valadez 2-1.

Kyle Saltsgaver, who moved up from 215 pounds to wrestle at 275, split his two matches, getting his win by pin over Port Angeles’ Tommy Hafer.

SK’s Brandon Kelly won both of his matches by forfeit, the second coming when PA’s Nick Haffner was disqualified for using an illegal slam. Kelly left the match with a sore neck and is questionable for Saturday’s tourney.

The rest of Wolves now turn their attention to today’s CK Invite, a meet that will showcase the area’s top teams and wrestlers.

“It’s a big meet with a lot of good teams, talented teams, and obviously we want to go in there and do well,” Nass said. “Hopefully, we’ll be healthy so we can put a good team out.”

The highlight of the day may be the rematch of last year’s 160-pound state final between Chriswell and Tacoma’s Mike Johnson. Johnson topped Chriswell 4-1 in a very hotly contested match that ended with the pair exchanging heated words. They have not seen each other since.

The pair, who have both moved up to 171 pounds, would face off in the finals.

The CK Invite is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start with finals to begin around 5 p.m.

South Kitsap 46, Shelton 27

103-pounds – Josiah Kipperberg (SK) major decision James Zyski 13-3

112 – Casey Chamberlain (S) md. Robbie Luder 13-1

119 – Jon Delucia (SK) by forfeit

125 – Jeremy Knowlton technical fall Rodger Nuttal 21-4

130 – Garrett Lyman (SK) by forfeit

135 – Brandon Kelly (SK) by forfeit

140 – Bobby Arendsee (SK) pinned Logan Roadman 2:25

145 – Eric Arbanasin (S) d. Chris Hogan 6-1

152 – Jarad LaMarsh (S) d. Steve Medina 6-4

160 – Orry Perez (SK) p. Britton Hakola 5:13

171 – Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Ronald Yates 3:49

189 – Lenny Schwartz p. Dale Speas 3:02

215 – Nathan Kimbel (S) p. Joe Loehmer 3:15

275 – Zach Corbett (S) p. Kyle Saltsgaver 3:40

South Kitsap 78, Port Angeles 0

103 – Kurtis Fenton (SK) by forfeit

112 – Robbie Luder (SK) d. Chad Meldrum 8-6

119 – Jon Delucia (SK) by forfeit

125 – Rodger Nuttall (SK) by forfeit

130 – Garrett Lyman (SK) by forfeit

135 – Brandon Kelly (SK) by disqualification Nick Haffner (Illegal slam)

140 – Bobby Arendsee (SK) by forfeit

145 - Chris Hogan (SK) by forfeit

152 – Steve Medina (SK) by forfeit

160 – Orry Perez (SK) p. Wyatt Davidson 3:53

171 – Brent Chriswell (SK) by forfeit

189 – Lenny Schwartz (SK) d. Stevie Valadez 2-1

215 – Joe Loehmer (SK) d. Jace Kennedy 6-1

275 – Kyle Saltsgaver (SK) p. Tommy Hafer 3:15

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