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Wolves dump Shelton, ready to host own tourney
For the South Kitsap wrestling team, today brings a final chance to get a look at some of the competition they are sure to see down the road and a final chance to work through a tough tournament field before the postseason gets underway.
And they get to do all of that at home, beginning at 10 a.m. as they play host for the South Kitsap Invitational. Matches will run all day on three mats until the finals, which are slated for a 5 p.m. start on two mats.
South enters the tourney fresh off a pair of dual-match wins this week, beating Shelton 55-17 Tuesday and getting a forfeit from Bremerton on Thursday.
They have some tough kids and I thought we matched up against them pretty well, Nass said. I thought the match that (Matt) Foxworthy had, it was the best match of the night it was real exciting.
Foxworthy, who has missed much of the season recovering from a knee injury, fought his way back against Nathan Kimbel, over coming a late deficit to score a 12-9 win at 215 pounds.
Thats good for him too because he has been in and out of the line up with injuries, Nass said. So to get a win like that on the home mat, its pretty big.
Brent Chriswell stayed unbeaten on the year with a quick 25-second pin of Jordan Frost while Jesse Barich and Dylan Watkins also picked up impressive wins.
Bremerton forfeited its match because of a team-wide illness so the Wolves attention now turns to todays invitational.
This years lineup will include Narrows League foes North Kitsap, Olympic, Olympia and Central Kitsap along with Sumner, Evergreen out of Vancouver and Class 3A Peninsula.
Nass said he feels that is a solid lineup, especially this time of year. Evergreen and Sumner are always tough, Nass said and Olympia and Peninsula are bringing in some solid squads as well. Peninsula pushed South to the brink last year in a dual match and Nass said the overall team is better is even better this year.
As far as the Narrows League teams, North Kitsap is undefeated in league matches while the Wolves have seen plenty of Olympia and Central in the past month.
Besides the Wolves Chriswell and Josiah Kipperberg, other top wrestlers that are scheduled to compete include Shane Martin of Olympia, who placed second in state last year at 119 pounds; Evergreens Justin Schuele, who lost to Chriswell 5-3 in last years SK Invite finals; Matt Grimes of North Kitsap; Camie Yeik of Olympic and JoJo Lancaster of Central Kitsap.
You can go up and down the line up and see that everyone has some pretty tough kids, Nass said. It should be a pretty tough tournament. If everyone shows up and brings all their guys, it should a very competitive tournament.
Nass said the officials will try to do things a little different this year and keep the tournament running continuously instead of the normal routine of taking 2-3 breaks during the day. State rules mandates that wrestlers must have at least 45 minutes in between matches but if everything runs according to plan, Nass believes the tournament can run without any extended stops in the action.
While hosting the tournament is a big part of the year, Nass said theres really just one thing hes looking to get out of todays action.
To be honest with you, health, Nass said. I want to come out of the tournament with no injuries. We have a big week next week, and not that our tournaments not important by any means, but we have a couple of tough matches next week.
South will play host to North Kitsap Tuesday for the Bridge Division championship. The Narrows League cross-over matches will be held Thursday at the Bay Division school.
South Kitsap 55, Shelton 17
103 Kurtis Fenton (SK) won by forfeit. 112 Sarah Brown (Shel) won by forfeit. 119 Josiah Kipperberg (SK) won by forfeit. 125 Jeremy Knowlton (Shel) tf. Rodger Nuttall 17-2. 130 Tony Smeltzer (Shel) d. Javan Miner 6-3. 135 Matt Hartman (Shel) d. Quincy Lyman 12-5. 140 Jesse Barich (SK) d. Logan Roadman 13-3. 145 Luke Ferguson (SK) won by forfeit. 152 Bobby Arendsee (SK) won by forfeit. 160 Dylan Watkins (SK) p. Evan Jackson 3:10. 171 Ian Richardson (SK) won by forfeit. 189 Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Jordan Frost :25. 215 Matt Foxworthy (SK) d. Nathan Kimbel 12-9. 275 Zach Corbett (Shel) p. Ryan Sparber :48.
2006 South Kitsap Invitational
Who: South Kitsap, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, Olympic, Olympia, Peninsula, Evergreen (Vancouver), Sumner.
What: Tournament-style matches in all 14 weight classes. Matches will be continues on three mats up to the finals where two matches will run simultaneously. South Kitsap is the defending team champion.
When: First round matches will begin at 10 a.m. Finals are slated to start around 5 p.m.
Where: All matches will be held in the main gym at South Kitsap High School.
Whats at stake: This is the last regular-tournament of the year for most schools and a last chance to get a look at the competition before the post season begins.