Trojans get ‘big’ win

Leading the Battle of the Bay by one point, Olympic needed a big win from its big man — 275-pound Paul Kogut.

Kogut accepted the onus, pinning Central Kitsap’s David Mackovjak in 46 seconds as the Trojans won the Battle of the Bay, 39-26, Thursday night at home.

“I guess there was pressure, but I wrestled this guy in ninth grade and I knew I could beat him,” Kogut said. “He’s not really a heavyweight. I don’t think he’s hit 200 (pounds).”

Following a pin by Cougars’ 189-pounder Dan Mayfield over Brian McEuin in 1:09 minutes and teammate Scott Jennings pinning Eric Koyanagi in 1:37 minutes in the 215-pound class, CK appeared to be building momentum.

But the Trojans weren’t about to give in.

“None of us quit, especially Skyler Demers,” said Kogut, referring to his 125-pound teammate who lost a 12-0 major decision against Jomar Colma. “He was worried about it all day. He didn’t even get pinned, which is a good thing.”

Demers, a sophomore, was one of the few Olympic wrestlers who appeared overmatched. Because the match began with the 125-pound weight class, the final three matches were the 103, 112 and 119-pound classes. Olympic lost one of those matches, Tim Barnett — the only other sophomore to wrestle for the Trojans — was pinned by Andrew Ginitti in 2:15 minutes. But Olympic won by forfeit in the 103 and 119 classes after earning a win earlier that way at 140.

“We beat them on the mat, but our forfeits killed us and we had some close matches that didn’t go our way,” CK coach Mike Harter said. “But that’s how it works.”

The forfeits cost the Cougars 18 points, which may have cost them the match depending on how wrestlers would have performed in those weights. CK also used three sophomores — Kevin Manalo (130), JoJo Lancaster (145) and Conner Huntly (152). Lancaster is the only regular among the trio.

Those factors won’t provide solitude to Tyson Hicks (135), Tyler Cowgill (160), John Winper (171) or Jennings (215), CK seniors who lost their final Battle of the Bay.

“I wanted to give our seniors a win,” said Mayfield, a junior. “Those forfeits hurt us big-time.”

While the Cougars’ senior won’t depart with a win, Olympic coach Dyrral Smith will. Smith, who intends on retiring after the season, has been the Trojans’ coach since the school opened in 1979.

“I was anxious for this for the last two weeks,” said Smith, referring to the power-outage at Olympic that postponed the original match date on Jan. 15. “I’m kind of glad that it’s over.”

Smith, who guided Olympic to a 13-11 record against CK, said his final Battle of the Bay was one of the best he’s seen.

“It was a classic Battle of the Bay,” he said. “We won most of the matches up until 189 and there were some matches that could have gone either way.”

But the Trojans’ big man made sure it didn’t.

“Paul is a great heavyweight for us,” Smith said. “He’s won a lot of matches for us.”

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