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CK, Oly look to stop South Kitsap streak
Olympic High wrestling coach Darryl Smith said theres a reason South Kitsap has won 91 straight Narrows League dual matches.
The Wolves have not lost a league match since North Thurston beat South in December of 1992.
(Coach) Ron Hudiburg has put together a real competititve program and theyve had a lot of outstanding wrestlers, Smith said.
The other reason is the competition.
Theyve been wrestling in the second worst league in the state, with the Metro League being the worst, Smith said.
So, how would the Wolves have fared if theyd been part of the old Olympic League during the last 10 years?
Theyd have dominated the league, Smith said, but somewhere along the line, Central Kitsap or Olympic would have gotten em.
Central and Olympic, now part of the Narrows League Bridge Division, wrestle the Wolves this week. Olympic visits South on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Central hosts South on Thursday, Jan. 12. Both start at 7 p.m.
Smith gives the Wolves the edge, but his veteran Trojans, wrestling better than he thought they would at this stage of the season, have a chance to pull the upset.
Im toying with the idea of moving some guys around, Smith said. Well see. I think itll come down to some swing matches.
Olympic and South have both lost non-league duals to state 4A power Decatur.
Olympics strength is its experience Weve got no sophomores in the starting lineup, Smith said.
Thats why Central coach Jim Northcutt gives Olympic a better shot at knocking off the Wolves than his Cougars.
South seems to do well in duals, Northcutt said. They dont have any weaknesses. In duals, if you have three or four dead weights, youre in trouble.
Olympic has a better shot than we do. Olympics tough kids are in Souths tough kids weights. ... Olympic makes me nervous. Theyre tough where were weak. Theyre tough in the low weights and were not. Thats the price you pay when you have sophomores.
Central and Olympic collide on Thursday, Jan. 15. South, Olympic and Central will also see each other at the CK Matman Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Teams to beat Bremerton and South Kitsap were the consensus picks to rule boys basketball in the Narrows League Bridge Division this season, but North Kitsap (3-0 league, 8-3 overall) and Gig Harbor (2-0, 9-1) have moved to center stage.
Norths tall (6-9, 6-6, 6-6, 6-3, 6-1), athletic, can shoot it and displays the kind of poise that youd expect out of a veteran team.
Gig Harbor has won nine straight, including convincing homecourt wins over Olympic (84-43) and Central Kitsap (50-37), since opening the season with a 49-39 loss against Stadium.
The Tides impressed Olympic coach Robert Polk.
They pass the ball well, they cut at the right times, they just understand, Polk said. I was talking to (Sequim coach) Brian Roper and he said, I played (Gig Harbor) 10 times when I was at North Mason and lost to them everytime. He said it was like watching a bunch of old guys play. You get older and you get smarter. That just hit it on the head. Theyre very disciplined, they understand their roles and just execute well. Defensively, they deny everything. Yeah, theyre a force to be reckoned with.
Who drew up this schedule? Central Kitsap (2-9) had played just two home boys basketball games going into its game at Olympic High on Friday, Jan. 4. And the Cougars dont play at home again until Jan. 23. Thirteen of CKs first 15 games are away games.
Centrals final five games are at home, but it might be too late by then.
Its a horrible schedule for gaining any confidence, CK coach Al Gleich said. I cant wait to get home. Maybe Olympic will feel at home for me.
Gleich, former coach at Olympic, returned to his old school for the first time as an opposing coach.
Scheduling wasnt the only problem.
Weve just lost for so many years now we dont know how to win, Gleich said. Theyve got to hate losing more than they like winning, and at this time I dont think they understand that. Its got to hurt when they lose. It hurts me. I dont sleep well.