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Klahowya breaks Steilacoom’s streak

Cody Kirkpatrick, left, gets a takedown on Steilacoom’s Matt Passmore Thursday night on the way to a 9-1 major decision. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Cody Kirkpatrick, left, gets a takedown on Steilacoom’s Matt Passmore Thursday night on the way to a 9-1 major decision.
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Just how far the Klahowya wrestling program has come in two years was clearly evident Thursday night against Steilacoom.

“We asked them to wrestle tough and they all did,” co-coach Rob Hawley said.

The Eagles went back-and-forth with the Nisqually powerhouse for 12 matches, taking the lead for good when 160-pound junior Brent Collier beat Orion Wolfe for the first time ever with a 5-2 decision.

“He teched me and he pinned me last year, so I worked really hard to beat him and it paid off,” Collier said of Wolfe. “He didn’t know I could wrestle like that.”

With the lead favoring the Eagles at 34-28, 171-pound junior Andy Hedman pinned Jon Resseguie in 18 seconds.

“When we tied up I knew I was stronger so I went at him,” Hedman said. “He made a mistake and I just capitalized on it.”

189-pound Jarid Sturman-Camyn made it look easy with a pin in 3 minutes, 30 seconds on Mark McVay for the 46-28 team victory.

“I’m so glad we beat them,” said senior Ryan Fitts. “We’ve never beaten them and they crushed us last year.”

Fitts, despite having a self-described “horrible match,” won the 119 bout with a 7-3 decision.

“That was really nice,” Sturman-Camyn said. “Now Vashon’s looking like our toughest opponent.”

Hedman said that the middleweights weren’t looking to get beat.

“We went out there hard and it really showed tonight,” he said. “We just did better than anyone thought we could do.”

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