Take two: Gaeta, Yeik lead Trojans

From KITSAP NEWS Reports

While Camie Yeik’s name has grown synonymous with Olympic High School’s wrestling program, it was her brother’s turn this weekend, to start leaving his mark.

Branden Yeik (130 pounds) was one of two Trojans to tackle the competition all the way to the top of the podium Saturday at the SunDome Mat Classic in Yakima.

In addition to Yeik, Oly’s 160-pounder Ivan Gaeta took top marks.

But they were not alone.

Klahowya got into the act with Karl Neumann topping another Trojan, Billy Neary, for the tournament’s 145-pound crown.

With the title performances, the Trojans took second overall with a total of 181.5 team points. That left them just 3.5 points shy of Ellensburg, which won the tournament title with 185. The Trojans won the tournament last year.

Branden Yeik made his path look somewhat easy, dominating Sehome’s Jared McGarry with a 34-second pin. He then defeated Michael Boyd of Mariner 9-2 before advancing to the finals with a 13-2 major decision against Reuben Lopez of Othello.

The final was almost the same margin, with Yeik winning 11-2 against West Valley’s (of Spokane) Justin Fiman.

Gaeta had a mixed road to the 160 title, first beating Robert Motzkus of Ephrata with a 1:34 pin. The second round was tougher, however, with Gaeta edging Brigham Hansen of Riverside 7-4.

Sehome’s Thayne Yazzie was no match for Gaeta in the semis, losing 15-0 on a technical fall. Gaeta then caught Eddie Reeves of West Valley (Yakima) in the third round for a pin at 4:17.

Neumann breezed through the first two rounds for the Eagles, tech falling Zach Koinzon of Wenatchee 20-4. He nearly did the same to Cheney’s Jason Skjothaug, winning 22-8. The semis were toughest for Neumann, as he snuck out a 9-8 win against Ephrata’s Quinton Hendrickson. That set up a final with crosstown rival Neary, who in turn beat Central Kitsap’s Kent Manalo earlier in the tournament. Neumann won on a tech fall, 20-5. Neary was second as a result.

Klahowya as a team took 18th with 80 points, while Central Kitsap was 22nd with 69 points. Both had other high placers as well.

At 103, Camie Yeik was fifth, forced to miss the third/fifth-place final with an injury default. Jesse Borcherding was fourth for Oly at 112, while Trojan Brandon Truini took the same place at 119. Lucas Kogut took 10th at 152, while Shane Galeski was seventh at 171.David Reynolds rounded out Oly’s placers with a 10th-place finish at 285.

Franco Cruz was back on the mats at long last for CK, taking second and proving he’s back at 140 pounds.

Neumann was joined on the podium by fellow Eagles Sam Harris, who finished ninth at 215, and Brett Harkness, also ninth at 285.

Central Kitsap is on the road today at Olympia while Olympic plays host to North Mason at 5 p.m. tonight.

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