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Enumclaw dominates Matmen Tourney; CK fourth
Central Kitsaps Tyler Moyer emerged from the locker room with a new look.
Nice shirt Tyler, said teammate Jason Mendez.
You too, Moyer said.
They also were wearing smiles.
Both had just won individual titles at the 25th annual Central Kitsap Matmen Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12, and they had championship, long-sleeved black T-shirts to prove it.
So did gritty teammate Mike Frerichs, whose 8-5 victory over Nate Peterson in the 140-pound finale denied Enumclaw a clean sweep in the finals.
The South Puget Sound Leagues Hornets were a perfect 6-for-6 in championship matches until Frerichs rallied for six points in the final round to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
Enumclaw secured its third team title in four years with 252.5 points. Defending champion South Kitsap was a distant second (160). Tahoma (157) edged the host Cougars (146) for third. Olympic, which had won three straight tournaments, finished sixth with 104 points. Bremerton was (69) ninth in the 12-team tournament.
They put on a show, Tahoma coach Doug Pecha said of Enumclaw.
Pecha couldnt remember a more dominating team performance in recent years at the Matmen Tournament. He was the head coach at Central Kitsap the previous four years and was at Central Kitsap Junior High before that.
Pecha and his wrestlers didnt hide their joy after discovering they finished ahead of the Cougars.
They got us earlier (at the Sedro-Woolley Invitational), so its nice to come back and even things up, said Pecha.
Hes still fond of CKs wrestlers.
Im proud of those kids, he said. As a coach, it was hard to leave that group. Theres a lot of talent here and things are looking pretty good for the future. But Im happy with the kids I have at Tahoma. Its been a good move.
There were a lot of good moves on the mats Saturday night.
Tyler Moyers takedown on the edge of the mat at the end of the second round turned out to be the difference in a 3-1 win over Olympics Darrin Jones in the 189-pound finals. Moyer beat Jones 3-2 the previous week in the finals at the Panthers Classic in Snohomish and the two were expected to duel again on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the schools met in a Narrows League Bridge Division match at Olympic High.
Hes an upper body wrestler and I tried not to get tied up, said Moyer, a sophomore who improved to 21-2.
Theyre pretty even, but Darrin needs to get some offense, said Olympic coach Darryl Smith. If you dont score, you cant win.
Olympics other finalist, Alex Jaime (103), was pinned in the third round by Enumclaws Joel Anderson.
Centrals experienced and poised Mendez defended his title at 130, topping Auburn-Riversides Eric Jarad 13-7 in the finals while improving his record to 18-2.
Frerichs slipped past teammate Rusty Hedman 6-5 in the semifinals. The Cougars flexed their muscles at 140 as they moved three wrestlers into the semfinals. Jason Sencil was stopped 3-0 by Enumclaws Nate Peterson in the other half of the bracket. Frerichs beat Peterson 8-5 in the finals, improving to 13-3.
Sencil finished third and Hedman fifth.
CKs other finalist, Chad Eickmeyer at 135, was taken apart, 14-2, by Tahomas Nick Tompkins, fifth at state a year ago. Tomplins is now 2-1 against Eickmeyer this year as theyve traded beating up on each other.
CKs Josh Martinelli recovered from an 8-7 loss against South Kitsaps Kyle Caldon that went into two overtimes to get a share of third place.
And Centrals Austin Jennings (215), beaten 8-4 by SKs Jon Potts, came back to beat Potts 8-4 in the match for third and fourth.
Enumclaws unbeaten 215-pounder Ty Watterson (27-0) and South Kitsaps 119-pounder Derrick Kipperberg (15-1) were named the tournaments outstanding wrestlers.