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WRESTLING | Wolves come up empty at Central Kitsap Matman
SILVERDALE — South Kitsap did not have a champion.
The Wolves did not even have a wrestler who competed in the finals Saturday night.
That does not mean coach Chad Nass left the 37th Central Kitsap Matman Classic disappointed, though.
“We just wrestled against some kids who were a little better than us today,” he said. “You’re always greedy as a coach and want a little more.”
Nass attributed South’s inability to advance to the finals to the caliber of competition in the 16-team tournament. In addition to the Wolves, Auburn Riverside, Bethel, Central Kitsap, Davis, Eastmont, Enumclaw, Graham-Kapowsin, Lake Stevens, Lake Washington, Kingston, Moses Lake, Mount Spokane, Olympic, Orting and Tahoma competed in the event.
“This is a brutal tournament with some really high-quality kids,” Nass said.
He said injuries also hindered South. Senior Tristan Hartmann, who was sidelined last season with a right knee injury, hurt his shoulder during his quarterfinal match. But Nass said Hartmann was healthy enough to wrestle in the 195-pound semifinal, where he lost a 2-0 decision against Moses Lake’s Jordan Lacelle. Hartmann pinned Graham-Kapowsin’s Tim Amadeo in 2:45.
Nass was pleased with the performance of senior Kyle Kennedy at 220, as well. After winning a 12-5 decision against Lake Washington’s Martin Berger in the quarterfinal, Kennedy was pinned in 1 minute versus Mount Spokane’s Tom Harvey.
“He’s been up and down [this season],” said Nass, noting that Kennedy was coming off an overtime loss Thursday at Olympia, where South won 61-6. “He comes back and takes third in arguably the toughest tournament in the state.”
Seniors Joel Sherman (138) and Adam Lutovsky (145) also advanced to the semifinals for the Wolves. Sherman won a 4-1 decision against CK’s Mike Smith before suffering a 5-2 setback versus Mount Spokane’s Rich Bondurant. Lutovsky earned a 9-0 win against Lake Washington’s Benson Hull before losing 11-4 versus Mount Spokane’s Christian Nibarger.
The Wolves’ four semifinalists from Matman and others will compete in their final regular-season tournament Saturday in the eight-team South Kitsap Invitational. They will host Auburn Riverside, Evergreen (Vancouver), Kentlake, Peninsula, Olympia, Peninsula and Yelm. Nass said he likes the combination of some Class 4A Narrows League rivals and quality nonleague competition at that tournament.
South then closes out the regular season Jan. 30 against Yelm. Last year, the Wolves lost 47-15 at Yelm to end its 189 dual-league match winning streak. The last school in the league to defeat South during the regular season was North Thurston in December 1992.
The Wolves then compete in sub-regionals Feb. 8 at Foss and then a week later in regionals at CK. As his team heads into the postseason, Nass said he is looking for several of his pupils to become more technically refined.
“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”