North Mason held off Olympic to win the 2A sub-regional boys wrestling championship; Klahowya and South Kitsap win titles at 1A and 4A
BELFAIR — Injuries and on-again, off-again illnesses for several of his wrestlers had become a mainstay for North Mason boys wrestling coach Bill McCarty and his Bulldogs this season.
They were finally able to put all that behind them the last couple of weeks and had their strongest showing to date with a win at home to claim the 2A sub-regional team championship Saturday.
North Mason held the team lead heading into the final round and by the last match held on for an eight-point win over Olympic.
The top four placers earned berths to the 2A regional tournament, Feb. 14-15, in Orting.
North Mason coach Bill McCarty, whose team finished fifth in the Olympic League regular season, said they benefitted from having a deep stable of wrestlers the coaches recruit for year in and year out.
“That pays off at the end of the year like this,” he said.
McCarty said his team gutted out some wins to get 12 Bulldogs qualified for regionals.
“The kids, they want to do well on their home turf,” he said. “They really wrestled well today.”
Among the three individual titles won, McCarty also noted the performance of Gabe Espinoza, who finished fourth at 145 pounds as someone who really stood out to him.
“He wrestled the match of his life,” McCarty said. “The calls didn’t go his way, he ended up taking fourth place, but he absolutely wrestled the match of his career and I couldn’t be prouder of the way he wrestled regardless of the result.”
The back-and-forth between NM and the Trojans pushed each wrestler, which made for a competitive sub-regional.
Olympic senior Payton Kelleher entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed at 160 pounds.
And he left with a first-place medal and the confidence he needs entering regionals.
Kelleher earned a pin at 2:52 over Gabe Morton of North Mason for the Trojans third win.
“I just decided I wanted to wrestle smart today,” Kelleher said. “Just stay on my feet and not do anything stupid to mess up anything for myself and it turned out pretty great.”
Ira Dagsaan of Olympic earned the first win for the Trojans in the championship finals when he earned a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Carlos Rodriguez of Port Angeles at 106 pounds. Cole Tate and Antonio Francisco-Juan, both of North Mason, placed third and fourth, respectively.
Anjelo Pangelinan made it 2-for-2 for the Trojans with a win in the 113 match. Pangelinan pinned Izaiah Smith of North Mason at 2:52. North Mason’s Zane Mastel-Goldberg was fourth.
At 120, Logan Nickels pinned Jake Mathews at 4:48. North Kitsap’s Benen Lawler finished third and Zach Waliger of Olympic was fourth.
North Mason’s Domingo Pedro-Gaspar gave the Bulldogs their first champion of the night, beating Will Slaton of Liberty (Issaquah) 17-2. Roiel Sorensen of Bremerton was third and Jonah Holmes of North Kitsap fourth.
In one of the more memorable matches, Adam Borde pulled ahead of Robert Gomez Jr. of North Kitsap to win by decision 6-2 at 132.
Olympic’s D’Angelo Ignacio found himself trailing Bremerton’s Thor Michaelson in the 138 match and was on the receiving end of a quick pin by Michaelson at 3:05 to end the match.
Taylor Andrews of Olympic battled with Josh Boe of Port Angeles early but Boe pulled off the pin at 1:33 in the finals at 145. Jordan Reece of North Kitsap and Gabriel Espinosa of North Mason were third and fourth.
Josiah Sorensen had the forfeit against teammate Michael Murray to give Bremerton the top two spots at 152. Ben Yost of Olympic was third. Also, at 160, North Kitsap’s Adrian Cleaver was third and Kingston’s Miles Still fourth.
Edmond Eriz of Olympic gave the Trojans another win, this time at 170. Eriz defeated Seth Mann by pin at 4:55. Gabriel Mathis of NK and Henry Buentello of Bremerton were third and fourth.
Jason Kibe of Port Angeles defeated North Kitsap’s Cache Holmes at 182 via an 8-1 decision. Sequim’s Isaiah Cowen was third and Jassiah Smith of NK fourth.
Nouh Hammou of North Kitsap made quick work of his 195 match against Olympic’s Alva Fauna, getting a pin 43 seconds in. Hayden Atkins of NK was fourth.
Not to be outdone, brother Sophian Hammou earned a pin at 25 seconds over Ethan Fore of North Mason at 220. NM’s Jacob Dyer was third. In the heavyweight match, Jared Dyer earned the forfeit win over teammate Brenden Miller for North Mason. Dominic Price of Olympic and Bremerton’s Emmett Phenix were third and fourth.
At the girls sub-regional at Spanaway Lake, North Kitsap finished third overall with 120 points while Klahowya was fifth with 105 points.
At 100 pounds, Klahowya’s Jennifer Cabana earned the win in the finals, beating Yazmin Bazail of Washington by a pin at 1:32. Mya Young of Klahowya gave the Eagles their second win, thanks to a pin at 1:13 over Annalease Coakley of Lakes at 110.
Mikayla Beaudoin finished second at 105. The freshman from North Kitsap lost by a 3-1 decision to Anna Dicugno of White River. North’s Holly Beaudoin won her championship final at 120 by a pin at 1:56 over Olivia Hollenbeck of Bethel. NK’s Makayla Heymann of NK lost in the finals to Kayla Trujillo of Eatonville by a pin at 1:23 at 130 pounds. The Vikings picked up their second win when Kenzie Cormier beat Lindy Smith of Wilson at 140 pounds with a pin at 2:25.
Olympic’s Alexandria Kauffman Templeton finished fourth at 125, Elise Scrafford of North Kitsap finished third at 135, Klahowya’s Lana Parco finished third at 145, Carli Durbin of North Mason placed second at 140 pounds, Annabelle Moden of Olympic finished fourth at 190 and Bremerton’s Evelyn Taylor was second at 235.
Klahowya earns 1A sub regional crown
The Klahowya Eagles laid claim to the 1A Nisqually League/Olympic 1A sub-regional title Saturday at Vashon Island.
The Eagles produced four winners, including Cameron Johnson at 106, Kelton Gagnon at 133 over teammate Payton Hlebechuk and Logan Wallis beat Alec Macomber-Straight by a pin at 132. Nikolai Jensen also won at 138 with a pin over teammate Wyatt Horne.
Other Klahowya placers who move on to regionals include Sage Hlebehcuk, second at 120, Kano Clare, fourth at 120, Logan Weaver, third at 126, Max Garvey, third at 145, Jonah Jellison, fourth at 152, Dylan Chandler, fourth at 160, Riley Farrell, fourth at 170, Hunter Wallis, second at 182, Joseph Herrera, second at 220 and Zackery Harris, second at 285.
South Kitsap wins 4A sub-regional
The South Kitsap Wolves earned a solid win over Rogers High Saturday at the South Puget Sound League 4A championships in Puyallup.
The Wolves finished with a score of 320 points followed by Rogers at 268.
Peyton Motter picked up the win for the Wolves at 106, beating Dylan Johnson of Rogers by a 6-1 decision. Mitchell Neiner followed with a win at 113, beating drake Thompson of Sumner 17-2. Ashton Hoyt of South Kitsap placed second to Dylan Coffey of Sumner at 120 by a 14-7 decision.
South’s Xavier Eaglin earned a 6-2 decision over Cody Bolstad of Puyallup at 138 while teammate Joseph Laws finished second at 152, falling by a pin at 33 seconds to Ryan Wheeler of Curtis. Logan Stafford of SK finished third at 182 and Richard Nolan placed second by a pin at 1:35 to Danny Reed of Curtis at 220.
In the girls division, South’s Brooklyn Roberts won her match at 120 pounds with a pin over Annika Trebilcock of Puyallup. South’s Emilia Robles was also third.
Central Kitsap third at 3A sub regionals
The Central Kitsap wrestling team finished third in the team standings at the SSC 3A boys sub-regional at Capital High School Saturday.
Conrad Bellon of CK won the 113-pound match with a 9-6 decision over Ryan Babauta of Yelm.
Central’s Quentin Lawrence finished second to Jeffery Myers of Yelm at 106 by major decision, 9-0. CK’s Ethan Diego was third at 120, along with teammate Shayne Hew-Len at 138.Vance Anderson placed fourth at 182, and Micah Lamb was second at 220.
Spartans move on to regionals
Bainbridge’s Garrett Swanson will move onto the 3A District 2 regionals after finishing second Saturday at the Metro Sub-Regional at Chief Sealth.
Swanson lost in the finals to Day Nguyen of Rainier Beach at 106 pounds in an 11-9 decision.
In girls, Caroline Michaels of Bainbridge won the 145 pound match with a 7-2 decision over Bethany Smith of Cedarcrest.
Bainbridge’s Katherine Irvin finished second at 155, Sagel Bush placed third at 135 and Aubrie Ackland finished fourth at 140.