Trojans win another mat title

Wrestlers from Olympic and Central Kitsap ended 2001 with some impressive performances on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Olympic won the Kennedy Invitational, picking up its second team title in as many weeks. Ryan Wheeler (119), Shane Villanueva (145) and Josh Albee (275) won individual titles for the Trojans, who amassed 193 points. Tyee was a distant second with 161.5.

Darrin Jones (189) lost his first match, but rebounded to place third. Joe Joslin (140), Mike Anglada (152), Luke Switzer (160) and Clyde Switzer (171) placed second.

Central Kitsap placed third at the 16-team Sedro-Woolley Invitational, finishing behind the host Cubs (219) and Stanwood (162). Central produced three champions — Jason Mendez (130), Chad Eickmeyer (135) and Tyler Moyer (189) — and scored 146 points. Tahoma, led by former CK head coach Doug Pecha, was fourth with 121.5.

Mike Frerichs (145) beat Kye Kirkpatrick of Anacortes, third at state a year ago, 6-0 to reach the finals, but was held out after needing eight stitches to repair a cut. Sophomore Scott Jennings (275) beat two state placers before being pinned in the finals.

Eickmeyer took down Tahoma’s Nick Tompkins four times in the first round while posting an impressive 12-4 win in the title match.

Moyer beat Ferndale’s Chet Slevin, a seven-time state freestyle champ, 8-3 in a battle of sophomores. Earlier, Moyer slipped by Clancy Seymour of Stanwood, 6-5. Seymour was second at regionals last year.

Josh Martinelli (152) was fourth, losing in the semifinals to state runner-up Johnny Wicker of Sedro-Woolley. It was a 1-0 match in the third round when Wicker took advantage of a mistake to pin Martinelli, who then lost 9-8 to Stanwood’s Joe Webb in the match for third and fourth. Martinelli later found out he was wrestling with a broken hand.

Girls Basketball

King’s West 43, Portland Christian 39 — At Sea-Tac, King’s West, which had a five-game winning streak snapped last week by Mount Vernon Christian, rebounded to win its opener in the Seattle Christian Holiday Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 28.

Lindsey Redfern scored 16 points and Taryn Hanley 14 for the Warriors, who outscored the Portland school by 11 in the fourth quarter. KW (6-2) met Seattle Christian in the title game on Friday, Dec. 28.

Boys Basketball

King’s West 65, Portland Christian 54 — At Sea-Tac, King’s West welcomed back guard Brandin Jones, who’d missed four games with an ankle injury, and the Warriors won their opener in the Seattle Christian Holiday Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 28. Blake Anderson scored 22 points and Peder Rauen 17 for the Warriors (4-4).

At Curtis 76, Central Kitsap 52 — The Cougars struggled offensively in the second half after leading 33-32 at halfitme. Lukas Henne led CK with 13 points. Central (2-6) wraps up play in the two-day Sumner Tournament today.

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