Viking Challenge wrestlers lose out thanks to inclement weather


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The one opponent who wasn’t slated to compete at the Viking Challenge is the one who came up victorious. Mother Nature forced an early end to the meet Saturday at North Kitsap after just two rounds, said North Kitsap Coach Jon Cooke.

“We went two rounds, which was a round and a half shorter than what we wanted to do,” Cooke said.

While the tournament, which included Olympic, Klahowya, host NK, Kingston, Kentridge, Shelton, Bellevue Christian and Mount Rainier, ended earlier than would have been liked, each team at least got a match in while most got in two.

The Trojans were on a crash course to take on Kentridge as the two teams were the final unbeaten squads on the day.

Cooke’s own Vikings didn’t get a win, but Cooke did say the Trojans will be a team to lookout for.

“This is an early tournament, we will be excited to get everyone with enough practices and in their correct order so we will compete better,” Cooke said.  “Olympic is really strong this year, but both matches would be much closer a month from now.”

This time, Olympic won big time against the Vikings, claiming a 57-18 decision at the Challenge that included seven Trojan victories by pinfall.

While both teams forfeited 103, Jesse Borcherding made his much anticipated high school debut at 112 pounds, pinning Viking Kellin Doyle in just 47 seconds.

Brandon Yeik, sophomore brother of Oly’s Camie Yeik, also made his prep debut at 130 in similar fashion, getting his pin against Michael Coulter in just 51 seconds.

Trojan Ivan Gaeta, grappling at 171, had one of the most hard-fought matches on the day, topping Anthony Lindfors in a tight 6-2 decision.

Trojan 140-pounder John Giese appeared to be on track for the match’s fastest pin, defeating Katie Plowman in just 24 seconds. That held until the 152-pound weight class, as Billy Neary of Oly pinned Justin Swansboro in just 15 seconds.

Central Kitsap

The Central Kitsap Cougars kicked the new season off with a third-place finish at the George Yonlick Memorial Wrestlerama at Bellingham High School.

Central Kitsap started with a loss to eventual runner-up Ferndale, 51-27, before rebounding in consolation with a 40-30 win against host Bellingham.

In the third-place match, CK won 36-34 against Squalicum.

Ridgefield won the tournament.

— Sports editor Aaron Managhan contributed to this report.

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