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Wolves ready to get serious
Now that the silly season is over and the South Kitsap wrestling team is done traversing Western Washington, itÄôs time to get down to business.
The Wolves, fresh off their performance in the Pacific Coast Invitational last week in Vancouver, are gearing up for the busy part of the short season.
Over the next four weeks, South will take part in seven dual meets against Narrows League Bridge Division foes and wrestle in the Central Kitsap Invitational and play host to the South Kitsap Invitational Äî all with an eye on the sub-regionals in Bremerton Feb. 3-4.
ÄúYeah, I think weÄôre really ready to get going with all that,Äù South coach Chad Nass said. ÄúWe havenÄôt had many dual meets yet and we have a lot of wrestling to do in the next couple of weeks.Äù
South finished 12th out of 34 teams at the Pac Coast last week but got some strong individual performances from the usual suspects. Senior Brent Chriswell stayed perfect on the year by claiming the 189-pound division title while Josiah Kipperburg placed second at 112 pounds.
Chris Hogan was eighth at 145 pounds while Kurtis Fenton, Jesse Barich and Orry Perez all advanced to the match that would have put them in position to finish eighth.
ÄúThe kids wrestled well,Äù Nass said. ÄúWe had some tough draws and saw a lot of different competitors. We had nine guys going into the second day, which is pretty good.Äù
Chriswell defeated Adam Medford of Gresham, Ore., to win his title. Medford was sixth in OregonÄôs state tournament last year.
Kipperburg lost in the title match at 112 to Sedro-WooleyÄôs Derek Crouter, the Class 3A defending state champ.
Nass said Kipperburg was part of the best match of the tournament, at least in his eyes, when he came back to beat Prescott Gardner of West Linn, Ore., 14-12 in overtime.
Kipperburg was almost pinned early in the match but managed to escape and go on and win.
South is back in action on Thursday in a dual meet at Olympic and will send a junior varsity team to Elma on Saturday for a tournament. Then comes three weeks in a row where the Wolves will wrestle three times each week, leading up to the postseason.
The first week of that stretch will see South play host to Gig Harbor Jan. 10, go to Port Angeles Jan. 12 and take part in the CK Invite on Jan. 14.
The South Kitsap Invitational is scheduled for Jan. 21.