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Wolves still tops in league
With only five matches to go, the Olympic Trojans needed three pins to hand South Kitsap its first Narrows League wrestling loss since 1992.
And with Clyde Switzer (171 pounds), Austin Hicks (189), Robert Cook (215), Josh Allbee (275) and Alex Jaime (103) waiting in the wings, the task didnt look improbable.
The Trojans, down only 26-10, nearly pulled it out until Souths Casey Watkins scored a 13-5 major decision against Hicks and Devin Spencer wrapped up Cook with 44 seconds to go for a pin that pushed chance to win out of Olympics reach.
We knew it was going to be tough, SK coach Ron Hudiburg said. We knew we had to win the close ones and we did.
Hudiburg said his message to Watkins and Spencer was simple go out and wrestle conservative and get the job done.
Olympic coach Darryl Smith said his team was able to keep up with the Wolves by avoiding pinfalls. Both teams scored a pair of pins with the Trojans getting theirs from Matt Gipson (135) and Jaime.
Ive been wanting to wrestle SK for a long time. I was praying the meet would come down to me, said Jaime, who wrestled the final match and pinned Tyler Haskins in 1 minute, six seconds. When it got down to the last few matches, I was saying Please let it come down to me.
Souths other pin was by Pat Kelly of Cody Gapp in 58 seconds.
I wasnt disappointed with the way the guys wrestled, Smith said. Even the guys that lost fought hard to keep us in there.
South Kitsap also scored five decisions, a major decision and a technical fall. Oly also scored three major decisions.
I knew South was going to win their share of matches. A year ago we were humiliated. But tonight we put our best lineup out there and we wrestled to our best and they wrestled to their best.
The Trojans are at the Snohomish Tournament today where they hope to repeat as team champions for the second year in a row.