Oly continues mat dominance of PA

Some things never change.

Olympic High has never lost a dual wrestling match against Port Angeles and the streak continued on Thursday, Dec. 13 when the visiting Trojans picked up a 54-11 Narrows League Bridge Division triumph.

That’s 21 years that coach Darryl Smith’s Trojans have held the upperhand over the Roughriders.

The match had long been decided, but Smith said the Trojans got impressive pins from Austin Hicks (215) and Josh Albee (275) to close it out.

Hicks was trailing PA’s Paul Schas 8-1 when he rallied to get a pin at the 2:40 mark. Albee was involved in a tight match with Lance Herbert, a state placer, when he rolled him over and pinned him with 20 seconds left.

Olympic’s Darrin Jones (189) improved to 9-0 with another pin.

The Trojans (9-1 overall) are at the Shelton Tournament today, Dec. 15.

Steilacoom 36, at Klahowya 35 — It was an exciting match as the Nisqually League dual started at the 130-pound class. The Eagles led by 30 points after 171, but couldn’t hang on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The Eagles didn’t lose a match from 135 to 171, but had to forfeit the 215 and 275 weights, which turned out to be the difference. Matt Adams (135), Joe Gombos (140), Randy Weir (145) and Mike Healy (171) won by pin, while John Joyce (160) won by technical fall.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

At Olympic 51, North Kitsap 23 — The Trojans picked up six forfeit wins and beat the Vikings for the second time in three days. This time it was a Narrows League Bridge Division counter. Alex Jaime (103) pinned his man in 33 seconds.

At Central Kitsap 66, Bremerton 9 — The Cougars rested a number of regulars and still had no trouble with Bremerton in their Narrows League Bridge Division opener. CK’s unbeaten sophomore Tyler Moyer (189) posted an impressive 19-5 win over BHS senior Adam Gent. CK sophomore Austin Templeton (103) pinned his foe in 24 seconds. CK’s at the tough Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho this weekend.


Wednesday, Dec. 12

North Kitsap 64, at Central Kitsap 54 — North Kitsap hit 26 of 41 free throws, including 16 of 23 in the final quarter, which started tied at 42.

“We were too aggressive,” CK coach Al Gleich said. “We reached and got a lot of fouls. I even told our kids to watch Duke and see how they play defense. They’re quick and they’re an arm-and-a-half away. We come right out on top of them. We played hard, but fundamentally we did not play sound man-to-man defense.

“We were pressing and when you foul, it just negates all your hustle.”

The Cougars didn’t shoot well either (33 percent, 19 of 56), but still managed to lead throughout the first half.

“We played hard,” Gleich said. “We were right there. We just needed to play a little better defense.”

Lukas Henne scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds to lead Central (0-1, 1-4). Aaron Brien added 10 points.

Brian Haupt scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Vikings (1-0, 3-2).

Central played at Port Angeles on Friday, Dec. 14.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

At North Mason 56, King’s West 53 — Class B King’s West dropped a tight one in Belfair against the 3A Bulldogs. The Warriors (2-1) led 16-12 after one quarter, 28-26 at the half and 38-37 after three quarters.

Blake Anderson scored 18 points, Peder Rauen 13 points and Josh Beahan had 13 rebounds.

King’s West played Friday, Dec. 14 at 2A Klahowya and travels to 4A Bremerton on Monday, Dec. 17.

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