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Trojans retain Battle of the Bay edge

Olympic’s Mike Anglada and Central Kitsap’s Mike Frerichs got the Battle of the Bay – the traditional wrestling scrap between district rivals – off to a spirited start.

Frerichs was hit with a penalty point in the first round when one of his head slaps caught the side of Anglada’s face. Anglada was nicked for a point after head-butting Frerichs in the second round of their 152-pound match. In the closing seconds of the same round, Frerichs was penalized another point for using an illegal move while body-slamming Anglada to the mat.

Anglada, who landed on his head, stayed on his back for several minutes before it was decided that he couldn’t continue.

Anglada was the winner by default, and after an unhappy Frerichs delivered a half-hearted handshake at the center of the mat, the CK grappler stormed out the door of the Olympic High gym to a smattering of boos.

Frerichs later cooled down, but the host Trojans never did while posting a 37-25 Narrows League Bridge Division victory.

“He was feeling a little tingly and dizzy,” Olympic coach Darryl Smith said of Anglada.

“I took him straight over, belly to back. I didn’t do it on purpose,” said Frerichs, who was leading 7-5 at the time. “Things happen in wrestling.”

He wasn’t mad about the penalty. He was mad at Anglada for not finishing the rough-and-tumble match.

“We were just throwing it back and forth the whole time,” Frerichs said. That’s usually the case when these schools get together on the mat. But considering the Trojans and Cougars had been sky-high last week before losing to unbeaten South Kitsap and most of their wrestlers had been through a one-day grinder at the CK Matmen Tournament just 72 hours before, there was some doubt about how they’d respond.

“I thought it was a great high school match,” Smith said. “I thought it was a good effort on both sides.”

Olympic seemed to have the most bounce as it won the battle for second place in the Bridge Division and maintained a 12-10 edge over Central in the all-time series. The Trojans won the matches they were supposed to, and for the most part came up big in those that figured to go either way.

“We figured it would come down to our heavier weights,” said Olympic’s Josh Allbee, who did his part by pinning Central’s Scott Jennings at 275 after teammate Austin Hicks won 13-7 over CK’s Austin Jennings at 215.

The Jennings brothers had beaten Allbee and Hicks at the CK Matmen, so revenge was a factor.

“That’s what got me going,” said Allbee, who had rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the final round to take a 6-5 lead before sticking his taller opponent. “I pinned (Jennings) in Snohomish, but he got me (11-0) this weekend. This was kind of the rubber match.”

Those wins pushed Olympic ahead 21-6 going into the lightweight-matches. That’s where the Trojans were expected to dominate and they did, starting with Alex Jaime.

“They told me to pin him fast, get the momentum going,” said Jaime, who needed just a minute to pin Austin Templeton at 103.

Nate Reece (112) followed with a pin, Travis Towne (119) won by decision and masked-man Ryan Wheeler (125) scored a major decision to bump the score to 37-9.

Central, as expected, swept the final four matches — Kyle Coquette (130) by major decision, Jason Mendez (135) by technical fall, Jason Sencil (140) by decision and Chad Eickmeyer (145) by major decision. Mendez, a slick technician, improved to 20-2.

Clyde Switzer (171) had one of four falls for the Trojans, pinning CK’s defensive-minded Mike Custer in the final round. Central’s Josh Martinelli, who’s been on a roll, stepped up a weight and didn’t have much trouble handling Olympic’s Luke Switzer 8-4 at 161.

In the most anticipated matchup of the night, Central’s Tyler Moyer (189) won another tense battle with Olympic’s Darrin Jones, getting a takedown with 10 seconds left to pull out a 5-3 victory. This match seemed destined for overtime, but Moyer grabbed Jones’ left leg and hopped him across the mat before finally wearing him down for the two-point maneuver.

Both wrestlers were hit with stall warnings earlier. Jones, in fact, was penalized a point for stalling, which Smith didn’t like.

“That was a state-caliber match and it was being judged by some other standards,” Smith said. “Darrin wasn’t shooting, but neither was Moyer. Heavier guys don’t shoot. You shoot on a big guy and you get squished. There was a lot of maneuvering going on with the upper body, a lot of pulling and sparring for position. They weren’t stalling.”

Moyer beat Jones 3-2 in the finals of the Snohomish Tournament and 3-1 at the CK Matmen finals. The impressive sophomore improved to 22-2. Jones’ record dropped to 22-4.

Moyer-Jones IV will likely take place during the Narrows League Bridge Division sub-regionals on Feb. 1-2 at Central Kitsap. The top four finishers in each weight advance to regionals, Feb. 8-9 at Snohomish, competing against the top four from the Wesco North and the Wesco South. State is Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome.

Olympic 37, Central Kitsap 25

103112 — Nathan Reece (O) p. Josh Thompson 5:23. 119 — Travis Towne (O) d. Joel Hansen 9-4. 125 — Ryan Wheeler (O) maj. dec. Ryan Poppe 12-3. 130 — Kyle Caouette (CK) maj. dec. Curtis Snell 17-8. 135 — Josh Mendez (CK) tech. fall J.J. Zettle 22-7. 140 – Jason Sencil (CK) d. Pete Noble 12-10. 145 – Chad Eickmeyer (CK) maj. dec. Cory Brower 13-4. 152 — Mike Anglada (O) won by default when Mike Frerichs was disqualified. 160 — Josh Martinelli (CK) d. Luke Switzer 8-4. 171 — Clyde Switzer (CK) p. Mike Custer 5:45. 189 — Tyler Moyer (CK) d. Darrin Jones 5-3. 215 — Austin Hicks (O) d. Austin Jennings 13-7. 275 —  Josh Allbee (O) p. Scott Jennings 5:48.

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