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SK qualifies 13 for regionals

Surprises are not uncommon at post-season wrestling tournaments.

The fact that the South Kitsap wrestling team won the Narrows League Sub-Regional Wrestling Tournament going away was of no surprise to anyone, but the number of kids who advanced to the next round of the postseason and just who is among them is.

South claimed the Narrows League Sub-Regional Tournament title on Saturday at Bremerton with a team total of 357.5 points. North Kitsap took second at 274 while Olympic was third with 246.

“We had some kids surprise us,” South coach Chad Nass said. “Just both days, we had some great wrestling. The kids really rose up and wrestled really, really well.”

So well, in fact, Nass said it’s the best the team has looked all year long. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

South will take 13 wrestlers and three alternates to Mountain View this weekend for the regional tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class moved on.

And this weekend, the top four placers will again advance, this time to the Mat Classic, scheduled for Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome.

“Yeah, that’s a pretty good number,” Nass said. “Of course, we wanted to wrestle better and take more. But that’s a good number.”

South’s usual suspects won league titles in the usual fashion. Brent Chriswell had little trouble on his way to the 189-pound title, while Josiah Kipperberg continued his winning ways by taking the 112-pound crown.

Both seniors won their titles by pin.

Other South wrestlers who were considered locks to advance and did included Kurtis Fenton, Rodger Nuttall, Chris Hogan and Orry Perez.

Also advancing were Brady Winslow, Jesse Barich, Bobby Arendsee and Javan Minor.

A couple of Wolves’ who made it to the semifinal round but ended up not advancing included Quincy Lyman and Kyle Bamonte, both sophomores.

But some who did advance that could be considered surprised included Dylan Watkins, Craig Bell and Ian Richardson

Watkins overcame an injured shoulder to advance to the finals of the 160-pound division but then forfeited the title to North’s Anthony Lindfors.

“To wrestle the way he did, I thought he wrestled fantastic,” Nass said.

Richardson, who has been going on the junior varsity all season behind Watkins, rose up to place third at 160 to advance to the regional round for the second year in a row.

“He’s just kind of been in the shadows, just kind of lurking in there,” Nass said. “He’s a very tough kid, and lot of people don’t know that.”

Bell squeaked in by taking fourth place at the very tough 125-pound weight class, eventually losing to teammate Nuttall.

Nass said Arendsee may have had the best run out of anyone at the subs. He has been on-again, off-again for much of the year but his 10-3 win over Victor Infante of Gig Harbor was no fluke.

“He had a great tournament,” Nass said. “He looked very dominant in the finals. If you look at the last month, he’s just been wrestling fantastic.”

Nass said for the things that happened over the weekend to have happened, but almost perfect timing.

There were some disappointments, he said, but the surprises kind of evened everything out.

“I thought if we could get 16 through, that would be just dynamite,” Nass said. “We were close. We’ve got a pretty good, tough group.”

With nine seniors making their final appearance in the regional tournament, Nass said he has a good feeling about what’s to come at this weekend’s tourney.

The Region III wrestling tournament will start Friday afternoon at Mountain View High School in Vancouver.

Saturday’s championship round is scheduled to start around 4 p.m.

Narrows League Bridge Division

Sub-Regional Tournament

At Bremerton High

Team scores — South Kitsap 357.5, North Kitsap 274, Olympic 246, Central Kitsap 178.5, Gig Harbor 161, Shelton 159, Bremerton 111, Port Angeles 68.5.

Top four to regional championship

103 — Billy Richardson (Brem) d. Camie Yeik (Oly) 6-2. 112 — Josiah Kipperbug (SK) p. Jeremy Huffman (Oly) 3:38. 119 — Ken Nelson (Oly) d. Blake Eickmeyer (CK) 6-5. 125 — Jeremy Knowlton (Shel) d. Joe Flores (Oly) 3-0. 130 — Matt Grimes (NK) md. Daniel Sawyers (Brem) 15-5. 135 — Tyler Crittenden (CK) md. Billy Neary (Oly) 10-0. 140 — Jesse Barich (SK) d. Matt Cordell (NK) 3-2. 145 — Chris Hogan (SK) won by injury default Brady Winslow (SK). 152 — Bobby Arendsee (SK) d. Victor Infante (GH) 10-3. 160 — Anthony Lindfors (NK) won by forfeit over Dylan Watkins (SK). 171 — Orry Perez (SK) d. Dani Dindlebeck (Brem) 11-4. 189 — Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Laurice Gerig (Oly) 1:08. 215 — Nathan Kimbel (Shel) d. Mike Biggs (GH) 5-2. 275 — Zach Corbett (Shel) d. Kevin Siperek (Oly) 18-13.

Third/Fourth Place

103 — Kurtis Fenton (SK) md. Bradley Franco (CK) 14-1. 112 — Corey Mason (CK) p. Ean Phillips (Brem) 1:48. 119 — Kent Manalo (SK) p. Chad Meldrum (PA) 2:36. 125 — Roger Nuttall (SK) d. Craig Bell (SK) 10-4. 130 — Mick Polillo (Oly) won by injury default over Javan Miner (SK). 135 — Jesse Chun (GH) d. Alex Cannon (Shel) 4-2 (OT). 140 — Kyle Hollenbeck (NK) d. Juan Galvan (CK) 3-2. 145 — Jojo Lancaster (CK) won by injury default over Mark McKinney (GH). 152 — Ryan Boddy (Oly) p. Nick Miller (NK) 2:56. 160 — Ian Richardson (SK) d. Zeke Ziegler (GH) 6-2. 171 — Peter Thompson (NK) won by injury default over Ethan Padva (CK). 189 — Jake Mabry (GH) d. Eric Hedin (NK) 10-9. 215 — Danny Glushko (NK) p. Steve Valdez (PA) 1:49. 275 — Billy Plowman (NK) p. Tommy Hafer (PA) 2:37.

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