Wolves send seven to Mat Classic

A few days before the Region III Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament, Brady Winslow and his father did a little on-line research and sneaked a few peaks at the brackets.

The South Kitsap senior liked what he saw.

“We looked at it and knew that I had a pretty good shot at reaching the finals,” Winslow said Saturday after doing just that. “I just went out there and tried to be tough.”

Winslow ended up taking second place in the 145-pound division and led a pack of seven Wolves who qualified for this weekend’s Mat Classic XVIII at the Tacoma Dome.

Those seven will begin their quests for state titles Friday morning.

Winslow joins Kurtis Fenton, Josiah Kipperberg, Jesse Barich, Dylan Watkins, Orry Perez and Brent Chriswell, while Javan Minor and Chris Hogan will serve as alternates.

“I’m extremely happy,” South coach Chad Nass said. “I thought the kids really rose up. The seniors wrestled great. Everyone that came here wrestled well and we got seven through, and that’s a great number.”

South ended up claiming third place as a team, scoring 178.5 points. Battle Ground won the regional with an even 200 points, while Heritage was a close second at 191.

Having already wrapped up a state berth before the final session of the tournament started, Winslow ended up finishing second, losing in the finals to Trevor Hall of Battle Ground.

Winslow said the draw in his bracket fell pretty much to his liking and the way he thought it might, making his first trip to the state tournament a sweet deal.

Especially after missing out his sophomore year by a single point.

“It felt good to come back and actually make it this year,” Winslow said. “It was a big goal of mine.”

Nass said he and the coaching staff have always known that Winslow had the talent to get to state, and watching him put it all together over the course of the weekend was something nice to see.

“I told him he should buy me a lottery ticket,” Nass said. “It’s not just luck. He is wrestling very well, but it seems like he’s got it going right now.”

Barich, Perez and Watkins will also be making their first trips to the state tournament. Barich took third at 140 pounds to qualify, while Watkins, having already wrapped up a spot, injury-defaulted in the consolation finals to place fourth.

Perez pinned Hudson Bay’s Anthony Martinez to grab third at 171.

“What I’m impressed with most out of Orry is I’ve seen his level of intensity really start to pick up,” Nass said. “He wrestled a great tournament in a pretty competitive weight.

“I’m seeing an Orry who seems very focused,” Nass continued. “I’m glad that he got in and I’m extremely excited to see him wrestle this week because I think he can do something at the state tournament.”

Chriswell and Kipperberg will be making return trips to the Mat Classic. Chriswell, the defending state champ at 171 pounds, breezed to the 189-pound title and has yet to lose a match this year, while Kipperberg took the title at 112 pounds.

Chriswell’s and Kipperberg’s titles were not unexpected but there is still work left to be done.

“It’s not just getting into state but going out there and wrestling tough,” Kipperberg said. “It’s nice knowing that I’m in but my goal this year wasn’t just going to state. I have other goals, too.”

Kipperberg, who placed fourth last year at 103 pounds, defeated Joshua Garza of Mount Tahoma 14-10 while Chriswell pinned Olympic’s Laurice Gerig in 61 seconds for his title.

“We were really physical over the two days,” Nass said. “We’re taking a pretty tough group to state. All seven guys are capable of placing.”

Region III Class 4A Regional

Held Feb. 10-11 at Mountain View High, Vancouver

Team scores — Battle Ground 200, Heritage 191, South Kitsap 178.5, Evergreen 142.5, Olympia 91.5, Olympic 91.5, Mountain View 87.5, Capital 80, Henry Foss 70, Central Kitsap 70, Shelton 54, North Kitsap 45, Gig Harbor 43, Hudson’s Bay 41, Bremerton 38, Skyview 32.5, Bellarmine 27, Prairie 20, Port Angeles 5, Mount Tahoma 4, Wilson 2.

Individual results (top four advance to state)

Championship matches

103 — Jacob Garza (MV) d. Billy Richardson (B) by injury default. 112 — Josiah Kipperberg (SK) d. Joshua Garza 14-10. (MT). 119 — Anthony Hayes (BG) p. Steven Loos (H) 3:35. 125 — Matt Lowry (E) d. Jeremy Knowlton (S) 8-4. 130 — Shane Martin d. Matt Grimes 3-2. 135 — Eric Starks (BG) vs. Peter Barnes (H). 140 — Chessjuan Monk (E) d. Tyler Michaels (O). 145 — Trevor Hall (BG). P. Brady Winslow (SK) 2:25. 152 — Cory Dodge (E) d. Matt Crockett

(BG) 3-1 (OT). 160 — Jake Farmer (H) d. Colby Lutz 5-0. 171 — Andrew Buck (BG) d. Justin Schuele (E) 7-5. 189 — Brent Chriswell (SK) p. Laurice Gerig (Olypc) 1:01. 215 — Joseph Silverman (O) d. Cody Ryan (H) 8-3. 275 — Kyle Stultz (H) d. Tyler Wooldridge (E) 8-2.

Third-Fourth place

103 — Kurtis Fenton (SK) d. Camie Yeik (Olypc) 5-1. 112 — Corey Mason (CK) d. Jared Kilcup (H) injury default. 119 — Brodie Fish (H) d. Nick Reeves (MV) 6-4. 125 — Ryan Edwards (BG) d. Ben Delyeah (SK) 15-7. 130 — Mike Polillo d. David Tillitt (SV) 7-3. 135 — Jesse Chunn (GH) vs. Stephen Harvey (Cap) p. Jesse Chunn :49. 140 — Jesse Barich (SK) d. John Shrader (F) 6-3. 145 — JoJo Lancaster (CK) d. Corey Brown (F) 2-1 (OT). 152 — Kyle Brown (F) p. Josh Hazlett (Cap) 4:34. 160 — Robert Harvey (Cap) d. Dylan Watkins (SK) injury default. 171 — Orry Perez (SK) p. Athony Martinez (HB) 2:05. 189 — Donavan Cunningham (H) p. Eric Hedin (NK) 2:25. 215 — Mike Biggs (GH) d.Tulu Kamatule (HB) 13-10. 275 — Mikel Camus (Cap) d. Zach Corbett (Shel) 3-2 (2OT).

Fifth-Sixth place

103 — Jason Schuele (E) p. Robert Sibley (B) 2:29. 112 — Jeremy Huffman (Olypc) p. Taylor Sering (BG) 2:15. 119 — Ken Nelson (Olypc) d. Blake Eickmeyer (CK) 16-4. 125 — Joe Flores (Olypc) d. David Bao (O) 1-0. 130 — Javan Miner (SK) p. Chris Davenport (H) 3:19. 135 — Tyler Crittenden (CK) d. Alex Cannon (S) 6-2. 140 — Jake Trenda (BG) p. Juan Galvan (CK) 1:45. 145 — Chris Hogan (SK) d. Doug McLees (O) 6-4. 152 — Brady Stoddard (MV) p. Andrew Cunliffe (P) :49. 160 — Kane Rable (E) d. Reggie Concepcion (F) 14-4. 171 — Jacob Conner (MV) d. Eric McNeal (B) 5-1. 189 — Jake Mabry (GH) p. David Loos (H) 2:01. 215 — Ryan Johns (Cap) p. Nathan Kimbel (S) 3:15. 275 — Kevi Reynolds (F) d. Travis Becker (BG) 5-1.

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