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South tops Tides in numbers game
t For Wolves, it’s all about depth, not individuals.
Assessing South Kitsap’s wrestling team is a lot like looking at the Electoral College.
The Wolves feel comfortable that several of the lower weight classes will be maroon strongholds.
But some of the bigger ones, particularly the 189- and 215-pound classes that were manned by standouts Brad Feddersen and Matt Foxworthy last season, no longer can be viewed as strongly favoring South.
SK was strong enough to win eight of the first 10 weight classes, which was enough to capture its 151st straight Narrows League duel match with a 45-21 season-opening victory Thursday night against Gig Harbor.
“I felt like our kids went out, wrestled hard and won those close matches,” said South coach Chad Nass, citing Taylor Lyman’s 7-1 win at 152 pounds and Brady Zurn’s 5-1 victory at 160. “I was really proud of their effort.”
The Wolves immediately fell behind 6-0 because they had to forfeit at 103. Nass said sophomore Terrill Wilson, who beat out Joel Miner — a Mat Classic participant last season — at 112, will move down to 103 next week. Nass credited Wilson, who moved to Port Orchard from Kansas, for giving South early momentum with a 21-4 technical fall win against Kyle Iverson at 112.
“Terrill Wilson came out and really set the tone,” Nass said. “I told the kids that they need to win as many of those (early) matches as possible. We won six in a row there.”
Simon Kipperberg — a two-time Mat Classic participant — followed at 119 by pinning Ben Small in 1 minute, 14 seconds. That gave the Wolves the lead for good at 11-6.
“I thought I wrestled pretty well for the first match,” Kipperberg said. “I still could be a little more aggressive.”
Adam Ferguson, who was one win away from placing at 125 during last season’s Mat Classic, moved up to 135.
He pinned Phillip Olson in 1:37.
Nass was impressed with both Ferguson and Kipperberg and another senior, Kyle Fenton, who pinned Daniel Hendrickson in 52 seconds at 140.
“They did exactly what they’re supposed to do,” Nass said. “I thought they all looked really good and sharp.”
The Wolves lost four matches in addition to the forfeit, but Gig Harbor’s Chris Levin had the Tides’ only pin when he downed Dalton Darmody at 215 in 3:51.
Nass said some of the losses came against Gig Harbor’s top talent. He cited Jordan Borcherding’s 4-3 loss against Peter Hass at 145 and JC Parker’s 8-3 setback versus Jay Ubben in particular.
Ubben was a state alternate last season, while it was Parker’s first match for the Wolves.
“It was impressive that he held his own against a kid like that,” Nass said.
The Wolves compete again at 10 a.m. today in the Auburn Invitational. Other participants include Auburn, Auburn Riverside, Kelso and Jackson. Nass said it will be a good mental challenge for his wrestlers, particularly the younger ones.
“There’s some top teams there,” he said. “You’ve got to respond to losses in the same day and that’s important come the postseason.”
At South Kitsap 45,
Gig Harbor 21
103-Nathan Leske (GH) forfeit. 112-Terrill Wilson (SK) tech. fall Kyle Iverson, 21-4. 119-Simon Kipperberg (SK) p. Ben Small, 1:14. 125-Reece Jewett (SK) p. Jacob Spadoni, 1:59. 130-Cody Barich (SK) d. Brandon Hancock, 16-6. 135-Adam Ferguson (SK) p. Phillip Olson, 1:37. 140-Kyle Fenton (SK) p. Daniel Hendrickson, 0:52. 145-Peter Hass (GH) d. Jordan Borcherding, 4-3. 152-Taylor Lyman (SK) d. Blake Graffe, 7-1. 160-Brady Zurn (SK) d. David Browne, 5-1. 171-Michael Earl (GH) d. Michael Neiner, 5-3. 189-Jay Ubben (GH) d. JC Parker, 8-3. 215-Dalton Darmody (GH) p. Chris Levin, 3:51. 275-Tom Decker (SK) p. Jake Baker, 1:49.