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Wrestling: South Kitsap's Hartmann gets long-awaited rematch vs. Olympia's Pine

South Kitsap’s Conner Hartmann takes down Olympia’s Jordan Pine en route to a 5-2 win duing the Wolves’ victory over the Bears on Tuesday. - Jim Robertson photo
South Kitsap’s Conner Hartmann takes down Olympia’s Jordan Pine en route to a 5-2 win duing the Wolves’ victory over the Bears on Tuesday.
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The worst loss in wrestling does not come by pin.

It happens through injury default.

South Kitsap junior Conner Hartmann knows the feeling. Last summer, the back of his head split open when he wrestled Olympia senior Jordan Pine. The injury forced him out and Hartmann had to wait for another opportunity.

It came Tuesday.

Hartmann took advantage of the opportunity to earn a 5-2 win against Pine as the Wolves won 61-13 in a Narrows League dual match at Olympia.

“It’s kind of a big rivalry between us,” Hartmann said. “I was really ready for the rematch.”

Hartmann led 3-2 before he scored two points on a takedown with about 30 seconds remaining.

“Conner really controlled the match from the beginning,” South coach Chad Nass said. “I never really felt he was in danger.”

Pine placed seventh at 160 in last year’s Mat Classic. Hartmann, who likely will face Pine again Saturday at the South Kitsap Invitational, said facing an opponent of that caliber only can help him as the postseason approaches. He said that particularly is helpful because his practice partner, junior Michael Neiner, suffered a season-ending torn left hamstring during the Dec. 5 Auburn Invitational.

“It’s too bad because we really pushed each other,” Hartmann said. “It’s hard to be without him to wrestle against.”

In addition to Hartmann, Nass cited the performances of junior Colin Bryant (103 pounds) and senior Tom Decker (275). He said he was happy with how both recovered from some struggles during last weekend’s CK Matmen Tournament. Bryant pinned Nelson Ruth in 1 minute, 52 seconds, while Decker did the same to Kuper Wilmousky in 33 seconds.

Nass said Decker struggles at times when he eschews proper techniques and tries to become too “fancy.” But when he is fundamentally sound, Nass said Decker is tough.

“He’s really quick for a big guy,” he said. “When you have 275 pounds moving like that in one direction, he’s tough to stop.”

Decker provided South its first win of the match after the Wolves lost their first two. But they also benefited from four forfeit victories.

South was without a couple of sophomores, Chris Gonzales (125) and Eddie Meisner (215), because of injury. But Nass was able to move junior Terrill Wilson shift a weight class and call up others from junior varsity to fill the vacancies.

“We’re just fortunate enough that we have some depth and can move kids up,” Nass said. “I guess it’s that time of the year.”

Tuesday

South Kitsap 61, at Olympia 13

103: Colin Bryant (SK) p. Nelson Ruth 1:52. 112: Joel Miner (SK) forfeit. 119: Matt Haberlach (SK) forfeit. 125: Terrill Wilson (SK) d. Kyle Pine 15-5. 130: Paul Kim (O) p. Travis Farrell 3:52. 135: Cody Barich (SK) forfeit. 140: Kris Fenton (SK) forfeit. 145: Taylor Lyman (SK) p. Hans Hougan 1:01. 152: Hakeem Smith (SK) p. Julian Dixon 0:51. 160: Craig Dyess (SK) p. Tanner Wright 1:58. 171: Conner Hartmann (SK) d. Jordan Pine 5-2. 189: Justin Henry (O) d. Guy Powell 8-6. 215: Joel Anthony (O) d. Jake Villars 16-5. 275: Tom Decker (SK) p. Kuper Wilmousky 0:33.

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