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WRESTLING | Wolves challenged by familiar foe

South Kitsap sophomore Isaac Santos, who competes in the 106-pound weight class, was among 27 Wolves who advanced to the second day of last week’s sub-regionals at Foss. Nine South wrestlers advance to regionals, which begin today at Central Kitsap. - Courtesy Photo
South Kitsap sophomore Isaac Santos, who competes in the 106-pound weight class, was among 27 Wolves who advanced to the second day of last week’s sub-regionals at Foss. Nine South wrestlers advance to regionals, which begin today at Central Kitsap.
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TACOMA — South Kitsap and Yelm did not have a rematch.

It only felt that way.

Nine days after the schools closed out the Class 4A Narrows League regular season, they faced each other in five of 14 weights classes during the finals of Saturday’s sub-regional tournament at Foss.

The Wolves, who defeated Yelm 36-28 on Jan. 30, won three of their five matches Saturday against the Tornados.

Yelm won sub-regionals with 430.5 points, while South followed with 336 points.

“We matched up against them a bunch,” South coach Chad Nass said. “They’ve got a great staff of coaches and their kids are obviously very talented, as well.”

The Wolves’ three first-place finishers were sophomore Brandon Forster (126 pounds) and seniors Adam Lutovsky (145) and Tristan Hartmann (195).

Hartmann had a couple of byes before pinning Bellarmine Prep’s Pete Lemcke in 2:38 minutes and then did the same against Yelm Cody Burk in 1:38.

Lutovsky had one more match, but dominated in similar fashion. He pinned Olympia’s Jacob Bocook (1:20) and Bellarmine’s Kevin McCarthy (2:45) before earning a 12-4 decision against Yelm’s Ryley Hallman in the championship match.

Forster had pins against Olympia’s Shawn Luke (1:33) and Yelm’s Dakota Benson (1:06) before he claimed a 10-7 win against the Tornados’ Victor Munoz in the title match. Nass said he no longer thinks of Forster as an “up-and-comer” because he has performed throughout the season. Forster said he also expected to win a sub-regional championship.

“I knew he was going to come out with fire because he’s strong,” said Forster, who defeated Munoz during the Jan. 25 South Kitsap Invitational but did not wrestle him five days later. “But I knew I could beat him with technique.”

The top three placers at sub-regionals advance to Friday and Saturday’s regionals at Central Kitsap. Sophomore Deion Anderson (113) and seniors Joseph Barnum (152), Ridge Gilbertson (160) and Liam O’Brien (285) placed second for South. They will be joined by third-place finishers Joel Sherman (138), a senior, and junior Lucas Pervinich (145).

“We had some heartbreaks and we broke some hearts,” Nass said. “That’s kind of what happens when you get down to this time of the year.”

Some of that heartbreak was a byproduct of Friday’s performance. The Wolves had 27 competitors and all advanced to the second day of the tournament, which had Nass hopeful he would take double-digit wrestlers to regionals.

“It’s brutal,” he said. “We’re leaving home some really good kids.”

Team scores

1, Yelm 430.5; 2, South Kitsap 336; 3, Central Kitsap 177.5; 4, Bellarmine Prep 150; 5, Olympia 113; 6, Gig Harbor 75; 7, Stadium 36.

Championship matches

106-James Page (Y) d. Jed Klein (BP) 3-2. 113-Josh Criollos (CK) p. Deion Anderson (SK) 2:54. 120-Darren Harris (Y) p. Jacob Nolan (Y) 1:31. 126-Brandon Forster (SK) d. Victor Munoz (Y) 10-7. 132-Jacob Rash (Y) d. Brian Rochester (Y) 13-11. 138-Logan Pine (O) d. Tanner Page (Y) 7-5 OT. 145-Adam Lutovsky (SK) d. Ryley Hallman (Y) 12-4. 152-Brandon Rochester (Y) d. Joseph Barnum (SK) 6-3. 160-James Rodeman (Y) d. Ridge Gilbertson (SK) 4-1. 170-Bo Campbell (Y) p. Hunter Taylor (BP) 5:56. 182-Bryce Denis (CK) d. Holden Miller (Y) 16-3. 195-Tristan Hartmann (SK) p. Cody Burk (Y) 1:38. 220-Alex Grant (O) p. Eric Ledesma (CK) 5:50. 285-Dominick Johnson (CK) d. Liam O’Brien (SK) 4-0.

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