Olympic keeps Cougars at ‘Bay’

Fans were treated to a great match-up between Olympic’s AJ Weber and CK’s Daniel Mayfield when Mayfield wrestled up at 215 pounds. After going back and forth, Weber was able to catch Mayfield and get the pin in 4 minutes, 46 seconds. - Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography
Fans were treated to a great match-up between Olympic’s AJ Weber and CK’s Daniel Mayfield when Mayfield wrestled up at 215 pounds. After going back and forth, Weber was able to catch Mayfield and get the pin in 4 minutes, 46 seconds.
— image credit: Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography

With former coach Darryl Smith in attendance, it seemed fitting that for another year, the Battle of the Bay trophy would once again call Olympic High School home.

The Trojans were able to win some marquee matches and, coupled with overcoming forfeits, took home the Battle of the Bay at Oly Tuesday night, 40-30 on the rivalry’s 25th anniversary.

Smith, who spent 32 years as Oly’s coach, retired at the end of last season with a 13-11 record in the rivalry. Olympic now leads the series 14-11.

“Obviously, it’s great,” Olympic coach Rick Griffith said. “There’s some pressure to win this match. All year we’re been fighting and scrapping trying to stay with it.”

Both teams were without some of their key wrestlers. Olympic was forced to forfeit three matches, while CK gave Oly two back.

“We were both in the same boat,” Griffith said. “We both had major kids out. The big thing is it’s a fun match regardless. Obviously, we like to be on the winning side.”

Olympic was without RJ Hoyt (145) and Conrad (189) and Ben Pierce (140). CK was forced to again forfeit at 103 and 112, while Jomer Calma (125), Ryan Nunez (130) and Chris Smith (135) were out. CK coach Mike Harter said each of the absences hurt CK in the duals.

“Ryan was sick, so we didn’t have him in the lineup,” Harter said. “Andrew (Ginetti) stepped up and did a nice job, but some of that is the leadership (Ryan) provides.”

Also, rather than forfeit the heavyweight bout, CK wrestled David Mackovjak, normally at 215, at 275 and bumped Daniel Mayfield up to 215 from 189.

That set up a surprise match between two of the teams best wrestlers, Olympic’s AJ Weber and Mayfield.

Mayfield started out quick, getting a take in the first 30 seconds. With about 1:15 remaining in the first round, Weber would finally free himself for the escape. With each wrestler taking his time to look for an opportunity, the first round would wind down with mayfield up 2-1. The second round was more of the same until about a minute in when Weber saw his chance and took Mayfield to the mat for two. Mayfield would even the score 3-3 after being awarded a point via an illegal hold by Weber.

With just 9 seconds left, Mayfield was able to keep Weber from riding the round out, earning one on the escape. But just two seconds later, Weber would take down Mayfield again to earn a 5-4 lead heading into the final round.

With 1:36 left on the clock in the third round, Weber caught Mayfield shooting and was able to turn him for a near fall. Mayfield tried to avoid the pin, but with 1:14 left, Weber would finally force his shoulders down for the pin.

“We both kind of wanted to see that (match),” Griffith said. “It’s fun to watch good wrestlers go at it. It was a good match.”

“They both worked the match,” Harter said. “Unfortunately, Daniel got caught and we’ll move on from there.”

The win was a key victory for Olympic in team scoring, as they trailed 15-7 heading in.

Mackovjak was put up against Paul Kogut, another of Oly’s top wrestlers. Harter said it was actually the fourth time the two had met. Kogut would again win, getting the pin in 2:09.

“Paul, he’s tough,” Harter said. “He’s a really huge kid. David fought well. He’s got some skills he hasn’t showed out on the mat yet. Our goal is to get him ready by league.”

Another top battle put CK 119-pounders Tyler Crittenden up against Oly’s Mick Polillo. Polillo was able to hold on for the 8-3 decision, utilizing his slight height and reach advantages to wear down Crittenden.

“It’s a good win for (Mick),” Griffith said. “It was a good dual to get that win going into post season.”

For CK, Andrew Ginetti, stepping in for Nunez, was able to get a quick first-round pin on Oly’s Osvaldo Vera. At 135, Cougar JV call-up Juan Galvan seemed a lock to fall against Oly’s Patrick Kendl, with Kendl building a 5-2 lead with just 30 seconds remaining in the third round. Galvan shocked Kendl with a quick take, rolling him over and nearly getting the pin. Kendl was able to ride the remaining 15 seconds off the clock, but Galvan would end up winning, 7-5.

“Juan has been in and out of being sick,” Harter said. “He’s new into the lineup and just started going against Chris (Smith). But Juan has a good JV record and we should be able to place him (at the West Central District JV qualifying tournament) as well.”

Both coaches have had trouble putting together a healthy varsity lineup. Olympic had one for their first match against Bellarmine Prep, but hasn’t since. CK has yet to field a full varsity lineup. That alone left Griffith smiling after the victory.

“It’s fun to get the win,” he said. “Especially as much as we’ve struggled this year. It seems like every year something comes up. But you know, wrestling is all about overcoming adversity. Our kids learned that this year.

“I’ve been a coach for a lot of years and had some big wins and had to take some losses. But the kids will remember this.”

The JV qualifying tourney starts at 10 a.m. today at Central Kitsap.

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