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SK looks to build momentum with state tourney looming
Heading into the latter, and most important, half of the season, South Kitsap wrestling coach Chad Nass is hoping his team sees the upcoming tournament schedule as a precursor to the state tournament.
To be precise, he wants them to look at todays Central Kitsap Invitational, and every tournament that follows, as practice for the Matt Classic in February.
Theyre practices for the postseason because thats the format that you wrestle in, Nass said. I look for them to get two things done: one, to go out and compete hard; and, just try things that maybe they wouldnt try in a dual meet but might try in a tournament to see if it works for you.
Its this part of the season that gets tough on most wrestlers. The weeks are filled with a couple of dual meets while all day and Saturday is spent at a tournament. And the focus is not only on performing well at tournaments in the hopes of catching a stride for the upcoming sub-regional and regional tournaments but also winning the remaining dual matches and capturing yet another Narrows League title.
That may very well come down to a Jan. 24 dual match against North Kitsap. Both teams are undefeated up to this point and the winner of that match would advance to the Jan. 26 cross-over match to determine the Narrows League champion.
But before that happens, the Wolves will take part in two big tournaments, todays CK Invite and next Saturdays SK Invitational.
Were going to get an excellent opportunity this weekend to wrestle against some of the teams that were going to see in our league competition, Nass said, and see them in a tournament rather than in a dual meet.
And thats the big difference. The Wolves have a 126 dual-match win streak intact, one that dates back to 1992, but have not done so well during that time frame in tournaments.
I think if you traditionally look at how weve wrestled, weve wrestled better in our duals than we have in tournaments, Nass said. I think thats fair to say. And if I could figure that out, I would have already done it and youd see a really happy man.
Its not like the Wolves have a terrible tournament history. Theyve won their fair share over the years, including both the CK and SK Invites, but Nass would like to see his team perform better, top to bottom.
Nass said he and other coaches have tried to put the team in the same kind of mental situations in tournaments as they would in a dual meet. They warm up the same way for both and talk about the approach to each in a similar manner.
But for whatever reason, we just havent been able to capture the intensity that we tend to have in a dual meet, Nass said. I havent figured that one out.
But South has an opportunity to change all that today, and they come in with a group of wrestlers on a roll. Senior Brent Chriswell has yet to lose a match this season and Josiah Kipperberg, who will move up a weight class for now, has suffered a limited number of losses.
Nass said a couple of his middleweights, Quincy Lyman and Javan Miner, have really stepped up their level of competition as of late and he is counting on some strong performances from them, as he is from Chris Hogan, Dylan Watkins and Brady Winslow.
Matches begin at 10 a.m. today with finals slated to start around 4:30 p.m. at the Central Kitsap gym.
South Kitsap 49, Gig Harbor 21
Held Jan. 11 at South Kitsap
103 Kurtis Fenton (SK) tf. Bryant Boyer 18-1. 112 Alex Fortune (GH) won by forfeit. 119 Josiah Kipperberg (SK) p. Jeff Wilde 2:34. 125 Rodger Nuttall (SK) p. Travis Irving 2:00. 130 Javan Miner (SK) p. Chase Waterland 1:55. 135 Quincy Lyman (SK) d. Jesse Chun 7-1. 140 Jesse Barich (SK) won by injury default over Zach Rousslang. 145 Chris Hogan (SK) md. Mark McKinney 14-3. 152 Brady Winslow (SK) d. Victor Infante 7-5 (OT). 160 Dylan Watkins (SK) md. Zeke Zigler 15-1. 171 Nick Robison (GH) p. Chris Burns 3:59. 189 Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Jake Mabry :56. 215 Matt Foxworthy (SK) p. Mike Biggs 3:59. 275 Joe Barrett (GH) d. Ryan Sparber 7-1.