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Wolves build momentum for tourney
For Brent Chriswell and the South Kitsap wrestling team, Saturdays South Kitsap Invitational showed just what needs to be done before the post-season begins in two weeks.
For Chriswell, that means keep doing what he has been doing winning matches quickly and efficiently, like Saturdays championship final at 189 pounds, which the senior won by pinning Laurice Gerig of Olympic.
For the team, it means keep heading in the right direction and build on its second-place finish at its own invitational.
I like the character we showed (Saturday), South coach Chad Nass said. Especially the way we battled.
The Wolves had three wrestlers make the finals and five others placed third in scoring 161 points. Peninsula, on the strength of seven wrestlers in the finals, won the meet with 201.5 points, while Evergreen out of Vancouver took third at 156.5
Chriswell, who needed just one minute, 51 seconds to pin Gerig, has not lost a match yet this year. And even though he incurred the wrath of his coach and his mother after his win for trying a couple of new but unnecessary moves, he is on pace to become the schools first-ever two-time state champion.
Im just trying new things, trying a new style, Chriswell said. All my matches are going so quick and everyone is telling me, Put on a show, put on a show.
I wasnt trying to embarrass him and in no way was I trying to make him look bad, Chriswell said. I wrestled him hard and I didnt let up.
Nass said he wasnt pleased with Chriswells new moves and hopes he will just wrestle the way hes capable of the rest of the way.
Its inexcusable, and we had a long talk after the match, and he understands that, Nass said. Hes really well-respected by not only the wrestlers he wrestles but by the other coaches, and to do something like that diminishes that and I dont want to see him lose that respect.
When people look back and remember Brent Chriswell, I want them to remember him for the competitor he is and the big matches that he won and things like that, Nass said. Not because he went out and acted like an immature 17-year-old in the finals of a tournament.
Javan Minor and Kurtis Fenton were the Wolves two other finalists, each losing close matches in the championship round.
Minor fell 8-4 to Tyler Hove of Peninsula in the 130-pound weight class, while Fenton was edged by Olympics Camie Yeik 4-3 in the 103 finale.
Fenton and Yeik have developed a bit of a rivalry over the past three weeks. Yeik, who is one of the areas lone female wrestlers, has defeated Fenton twice in the three times theyve met this year.
I think those two are going to meet up again a couple more times before the year is all said and done, Nass said. He really wanted to go out and wrestle a good match, and he did wrestle well, but shes tough. I think (the match) will be good for both of them.
Javan a great day, Nass said. Hes just been steadily getting better all year. If you look at his performance over the last couple of weeks, hes just been getting a little bit better and a little bit better.
While Chriswell and the Yeik-Fenton match drew most of the attention, South showed its depth by having five athletes finish third while four others finished sixth or higher.
Rodger Nuttall rebounded from a lackluster performance in Souths dual match with Shelton last week to take third at 125 pounds. Jesse Barich (140), Bobby Arendsee (152) Ian Richardson (160) and Orry Perez (171) all took third, and all received high praise from their coach.
Other South placers included Kyle Bamonte, Kevin Wix, Carl Welch and Ryan Sparber.
South faced off against North Kitsap late Tuesday for the Narrows League Bridge Division title and will travel to Olympia Thursday night for a crossover match with either Olympia or Capital to decide the Narrows League title.
The sub-regional round of the state tournament begins Feb. 3-4 in Bremerton. The top four placers in each weight class will advance to the regional round Feb. 10-11 at Mountain View High in Vancouver.
The Mat Classic is scheduled for Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome.
South Kitsap Invitational
Team scores: 1. Peninsula 201.5; 2. South Kitsap 161; 3. Evergreen (Vancouver) 156.5; 4. North Kitsap 155, 5; Sumner 129; 6. Olympic 114; 7. Olympia 86; 8. Central Kitsap 64.5.
103 Camie Yeik (Oly) d. Kurtis Fenton (SK) 4-3. 112 Jordan Hidalgo (Sum) d. Joel Myers (Pen) 15-10. 119 Derek Roberts (Pen) p. Blake Eickmeyer (CK) 1:20. 125 Franco Cruz (CK) d. Matt Lowry (Ev) 8-4. 130 Tyler Hove (Pen) d. Javan Miner (SK) 8-4. 135 Kyle Hollenbeck (NK) d. Colby Grant (Sum) 8-2. 140 Chessjuan Monk (Ev) d. Jake Grant (Sum) 8-2. 145 Ehli Keel (Pen) d. Zack Grant (Sum) 4-2. 152 Matt Haas (Pen) d. Jake Cornelison (Ev) 17-0. 160 David Holt (Sum) d. Kane Rable (Ev) 1:06. 171 Justin Schuele (Ev) d. Mark Grandia (Pen) 7-1. 189 Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Laurice Gerig (Oly) 1:51. 215 Joseph Silverman (Olyp) d. Jayde Delgado (Pen) 16-5. 275 Tyler Wooldridge (Ev) p. Kevin Siperek (Oly) :19.
Other South Kitsap placers: Kyle Bamonte, fourth place, 119 pounds; Rodger Nuttall, third place, 125; Daniel Mazuti, fourth place non-scorer, 130; Kevin Wix, fifth place, 135; Brian Padmos, sixth place non-scorer, 135; Jesse Barich, third place, 140; Bobby Arendsee, third place, 152; Ian Richardson, third place, 160; Orry Perez, third place, 171; Carl Welch, sixth place, 215; Ryan Sparber, fifth place, 275.