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WRESTLING | Wolves continue early season domination
He repeatedly expressed excitement about his program’s youth.
And Tuesday’s 69-6 win against Gig Harbor in a Class 4A Narrows League dual match did nothing to derail South Kitsap coach Chad Nass’ enthusiasm.
The four lightest weight classes have been troublesome at times for the Wolves in recent years as they lacked depth in those areas. But that was not a problem as South won three of its four matches in those weights versus the Tides.
“It’s been really refreshing to have depth,” Nass said. “We have guys who are No. 2s, but are really close with our varsity guys. It helps in the practice room because they have good competition.”
It started with freshman Ashton Schessler, who won a 4-0 decision against Gavin Spadoni at 106 pounds. Sophomore Deion Anderson won by forfeit at 113 and junior Brandon Forster pinned Mac Davis in 3:05 minutes at 126.
“Schessler had a really good go at 106,” Nass said. “I thought he wrestled tough. He’s doing a great job.”
He also noted that Forster and senior Joel Sherman, who pinned Sach Musselman in 24 seconds at 138, wrestled well. They were among only six Wolves who competed as Gig Harbor forfeited eight weight classes.
“It’s kind of hard to get up for a match sometimes when you know you’re going to get all of these forfeits, but the kids did a nice job,” Nass said.
Forster said motivation was not an issue for him after he suffered a setback during Saturday’s Olympic Dream Duals.
“That kind of made me work harder in practice,” he said.
There was little doubt that would be an issue again as Forster controlled his match from the start before he pinned Davis midway through the second round.
“I got the quick takedown with the slide by,” Forster said. “I kind of just rode him out and broke him mentally and physically.”
Buoyed by eight forfeits, South won 12 of 14 matches against the Tides. In two Narrows League dual matches, the Wolves have outscored their opponents 146-6.
South also has fared well in tournaments. After finishing second in the Dec. 7 Auburn Invitational, the Wolves tied for third place in the 16-team Olympic Dream Duals. Nass said Anderson won all four of his matches during that tournament.
Next up is Friday and Saturday’s Hammerhead Tournament at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. That tournament features 40 male and 16 female teams.
“It will be our first two-day tournament of the year,” Nass said. “It will be kind of nice to get back-to-back weigh-ins. We haven’t had that happen this year and that’s always good preparation for the postseason.”
At South Kitsap 69, Gig Harbor 6
106-Ashton Schessler (SK) d. Gavin Spadoni 4-0. 113-Deion Anderson (SK) won by forfeit. 120-Kyle Whitefield (GH) d. Angelo Trujillo 9-3. 126-Brandon Forster (SK) p. Mac Davis 3:05. 132-Ryan Rea (SK) won by forfeit. 138-Joel Sherman (SK) p. Sach Musselman :24. 145-Adam Lutovsky (SK) won by forfeit. 152-Joseph Barnum (SK) won by forfeit. 160-Jaxon Moffett (SK) won by forfeit. 170-Jake Stanley (SK) p. Chris Smith 1:19. 182-Blake Moser (GH) d. Donald Firman 7-3. 195-Kenny Close (SK) won by forfeit. 220-Kyle Kennedy (SK) won by forfeit. 285-Liam O’Brien (SK) won by forfeit.