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Hartmann conquers rival again at sub-regionals
It is turning into perhaps the top rivalry in the Narrows League: South Kitsap junior Conner Hartmann vs. Olympia senior Jordan Pine.
One hundred seventy-one pounds.
The two split their regular-season matches with Hartmann earning a 5-2 win Jan. 19 at Olympia. Four days later, Pine responded with a 10-4 win at the South Kitsap Invitational.
On a neutral setting in the sub-regional tournament Saturday at Foss High School, Hartmann earned a 6-3 win to become one of seven Wolves to win his weight class.
“Those two have quite a rivalry going between them,” South coach Chad Nass said. “Conner had a different plan of attack this time and it worked. Conner is a really smart kid and he did a really nice job of controlling the match.”
Hartmann said the latter statement is important because while he feels Pine is more athletic, he has more stamina. He will try and outlast his rival again at regionals when both hope to vie for state berths.
The top four placers out of that tournament qualify for Mat Classic.
“I’m counting on it,” said Hartmann when asked if he expects to see Pine again. “I look forward to wrestling him again next week.”
The Wolves finished with 393.5 points — 100 better than second-place Central Kitsap — to win the 11-team tournament for a ninth consecutive year.
There were few dominant performances in the championship round at sub-regionals. Only two wrestlers pinned their opponents in the finals. One of those was South senior Tom Decker, who finished off Central’s Kyle Lanoue in 1 minute, 8 seconds. Decker was the third seed in his weight class at sub-regionals.
“I told Tom if he wrestles that way over the next two weeks, he’s going to go really far,” Nass said. “Hopefully, he’s turning the corner with his senior year and peaking at the right time.”
Two championship matches pitted Wolves against each other. Senior Craig Dyess earned a 3-0 win against classmate Chris Nenninger at 160. Juniors Cody Barich and Greg Morrison were deadlocked, 1-1, through four overtimes before the officials awarded the former the victory at 135. Barich won the tiebreaker because he was able to ride out his opponent the longest during the 30-second overtime.
Nass said he has seen matches run four overtimes before, but not between teammates.
“They just work out together every day in practice and know each other’s moves,” he said. “I’m just glad I was watching and not officiating it this time.”
Junior Terrill Wilson, who was eliminated at regionals last year after advancing to state as a freshman in Kansas, earned a 15-6 decision against Gig Harbor’s Kyle Iverson to earn the title at 119.
Junior Kris Fenton also defeated Central’s Ethan Beck, 5-2, at 140, while senior Taylor Lyman won a 9-8 decision versus Gig Harbor’s Grant Hillard at 145.
“Taylor had a close match,” Nass said. “He was a little discouraged by his match ... but the bottom line is he has a high seed going into next week.”
The top five placers in each weight class advance to Saturday’s regionals at Central Kitsap High School.
In addition to the Wolves who lost against their teammates, South had two other second-place finishers. Junior Colin Bryant lost a 12-1 decision against Shelton’s Ty McCullough at 103, while Olympia’s Joel Anthony defeated senior Guy Powell 9-4 at 189.
They are among 17 Wolves who qualified for regionals. The others are seniors Joel Miner (third, 112), Spencer Ricketson (third, 130), Josh LaFontaine (fifth, 145) and Hakeem Smith (fifth, 152) and sophomores Jake Villars (third, 215) and Eddie Meisner (fourth, 215).
Nass noted that LaFontaine, Morrison, Nenninger and Villars were varsity wrestlers during most or all of the season and he said he was “proud” of them.
“I thought we wrestled really well,” he said. “I think we put ourselves in a really good position heading into next weekend.”
Friday and Saturday at Foss High School
Team totals: South Kitsap 393.5, Central Kitsap 293.5, Foss 135, Gig Harbor 133.5, Bellarmine Prep 127, Shelton 107, Olympia 106.5, Wilson 93, Mount Tahoma 83, Stadium 76, Lincoln 34.
103: Ty McCullough (She) d. Colin Bryant (SK) 12-1. 112: Joey Troyer (CK) d. Luis Cornelio (F) 19-18. 119: Terrill Wilson (SK) d. Kyle Iverson (GH) 15-6. 125: Kamm Freudenstein (F) d. Evan Beck (CK) 7-3. 130: Ian Sprecher (CK) d. Kevin Rampp 7-3. 135: Cody Barich (SK) d. Greg Morrison (SK) 1-1 (4 OT). 140: Kris Fenton (SK) d. Ethan Beck (CK) 5-2. 145: Taylor Lyman (SK) d. Grant Hillard (GH) 9-8. 152: Davey Browne (GH) p. Tyler Kahl (CK) 1:46. 160: Craig Dyess (SK) d. Chris Nenninger (SK) 3-0. 171: Conner Hartmann (SK) d. Jordan Pine (O) 6-3. 189: Joel Anthony (O) d. Guy Powell (SK) 9-4. 215: David Stenger (W) d. Jake Baker (GH) 12-11. 285: Tom Decker (SK) p. Kyle Lanoue (CK) 1:08.
103: Levi Parmiter (BP) d. Johny Eyre (Sta) 15-12. 112: Joel Miner (SK) d. Andrew Hahn (F) 15-9. 119: Sandy Dittell (F) d. Tre Bannister (L) 7-1. 125: Kyle Pine (O) d. David Ladenburg (BP) 9-7. 130: Spencer Ricketson (SK) p. Travis Eickmeyer (CK) 4:29. 135: Jensen Chau (F) d. Alec Soran (BP) 8-4. 140: Karl Koemmpel (CK) p. Ben Dean (MT) :58. 145: Thomas Gillespie (CK) d. Colby Barber (She) 11-8. 152: Hakeem Smith (SK) p. Ben Murdock (Sta) 2:40. 160: Jonathen Dennis (She) d. Gunther Kobold (Sta) 6-5. 171: Richard Anau (MT) p. Ryan Sayers (CK) 2:20. 189: Justin Henry (O) d. Shaq Blair (CK) 5-1. 215: Jake Villars (SK) d. Eddie Meisner (SK) 5-3. 285: Morgan Yarber (CK) d. Taylor Gettle (She) 6-5.
103: Keely Freundenstein (F) d. Austin Davis (BP) 11-8. 112: Andrew McLearen (BP) d. Adam Coffman (She) 2-0. 119: Adam Coffman (She) d. Jordan Russell (F) 8-2. 125: Ransom Hatch (L) d. Larry Mayhew (W) 7-4. 130: Jacob Spadoni (GH) d. Garrison Grisaffi (BP) 8-2. 135: Keith Mattsen (W) p. Alan Lightfoot (CK) 1:45. 140: Ben Small (GH) d. Alex McKenna (BP) 4-0. 145: Josh LaFontaine (SK) d. Cameron Kirby (MT) 3-0. 152: Michael Holland (BP) d. Tanner Wright (O) 12-10. 160: Caleb Henden (CK) d. Ryan Olson (GH) 11-1. 171: Jacob Evens (W) p. R.J. Shook (Sta) 1:47. 189: Jake Ferris (W) p. Jon Fick (GH) 1:25. 215: Luis Garcia (F) p. Joel Eklof (CK) 1:41. 285: Mike Kneeshaw-Price (Sta) p. Wade Wyatt (She) 4:54.