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Cougars take 9 - at least - to WCD
"Sure, it was nice of Olympic High School to host the Olympic League Class 4A Wrestling Championships last Saturday night.But the tournament really should've been at Central Kitsap. It definitely was the Cougars' party.Central Kitsap won the team title and six individual weight classes at the five-team gathering Saturday at Oly. The Cougs also qualified nine wrestlers outright to this weekend's West Central District 4A tourney at Rogers of Puyallup, and had a chance at as many as three more district qualifiers after wrestle-back challenges yesterday at North Kitsap.It was a good tournament for us, understated CK coach Doug Pecha, who probably was the busiest man in the gym Saturday night, with 11 finalists - including Cougar-vs.-Cougar championship matches at 103, 125 and 171 pounds. Everybody we had out there wrestled pretty well.Olympic, which finished second in the team competition, will send five wrestlers directly to WCD, and had a chance at a sixth via yesterday's wrestle-backs. The Trojans ended up with four individual champions when 275-pounder Justin Breckel finished off the proceedings by scoring a takedown on Bremerton's Jake Timmerman with less than 10 seconds remaining to win their final 4-2.Bremerton has three district qualifiers, including league 160-pound champion Larry Kimmons.CK piled up 300 points for first place, with Oly second at 235, Port Angeles third (207.5), North Kitsap fourth (184.5) and Bremerton fifth (127).Olympic's Ozzie Saxon won two one-sided matches to claim the 130-pound title and earn Outstanding Wrestler honors for the tournament. Saxon also broke the Trojans' school record for takedowns in a season, held by Ty Smith in 1995. Saxon, who toyed with his two opponents for 27 takedowns on the day, passed Smith's total of 110 midway through his championship bout with North Kitsap's Mike Baker, a 26-11 technical fall.He needed 21 coming into today, said Olympic coach Darryl Smith. You knew he was going to get them. He's too quick, he's got great technique, great reflexes and strength.Central's huge district contingent will be headed up by defending state champion Preston Chadwick, who wrestled just 3 1/2 minutes Saturday in winning the 112-pound class. Chadwick pinned the Trojans' Matt Cunanan 3 minutes, 33 seconds into their final after Chadwick received byes through the first two rounds.Other Cougar champions include Lawrence Ng at 103, Joseph Sencil at 125, Scott Martin at 140, Chad Johnson at 145, and Garrett Jackson at 171. Ng, Sencil and Jackson all defeated their own CK teammates in their title matches - Ng topped Rusty Hedman 10-5, Sencil decisioned Will Villareal 9-2 and Jackson pinned Jake Moyer in the second round.Scott Eickmeyer (119), Sid Williams (160) and Brian Herricht (215) were in yesterday's wrestle-backs, trying to swell the number of CK wrestlers with district invitations to 12.The more we take, the better, said Pecha, who advanced four wrestlers to the Mat Classic state tournament last year. Our goal is to get seven to state this year. And with all those guys going, I'm sure we'll be very competitive at (districts).Chadwick already was ahead of Cunanan 14-0 when he earned the fall.He was ready for this, pointed out Pecha of Chadwick's title in the abbreviated (three entrants) 112-pound field. He hadn't won the league championship before, so this day was important to him. He was all business.First-year senior Johnson's impressive late-season run continued with his victory over Anglada. The two had a competitive, physical bout the previous week in CK's dual-meet victory over the Trojans, but the rematch was anticlimactic. Johnson caught Anglada, a sophomore, as he attempted an escape and was able to wrap him up for the early pin.When he stood up, he gave me my favorite move, the cradle, said Smith. Once I get that locked in, it's usually there to stay. He's a good wrestler, and he's only a sophomore, but things just went my way.Breckel, who - like Saxon - has lost only once this season, was ahead of Timmerman until giving up a pair of escapes for a 2-2 tie in the evening's final match. But Breckel managed to catch up to Timmerman and drag him down for the winning points just before the match woud've gone to overtime.My analogy for that match was the freight train trying to catch up with the caboose, Smith said. Justin was the aggressor the whole match. His only loss this season was to a guy who wrestles that exact same way - just stay out of trouble and try to keep the match close.WCD 2A tourney: Klahowya placed fourth in the eight-team field behind the school's first-ever district championship, by Ryan Williams at 135 pounds. Williams won by pin the in final five seconds of his title match, boosting the Eagles to 162 team points. Orting took first at 318.5.Tom Meier (152 pounds) and Tristan Manning (171) were third-place finishers for the Eagles, while Dean Murker (160) and Zack Foust (189) placed fourth."