Kitsap wrestlers host Olympic Dream Duals

Defending Class 3A 130-pound champion Branden Yeik (left), who this year moved up to 140 pounds, jockies for position in an opening-round match at the Olympic Duals. - Jesse Beals/staff photo
Defending Class 3A 130-pound champion Branden Yeik (left), who this year moved up to 140 pounds, jockies for position in an opening-round match at the Olympic Duals.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/staff photo

Two teams scheduled to compete in the 2007 Olympic Dream Duals were forced to cancel after floods temporarily closed portions of Interstate 5.

It appears the 2008 Duals were finished in the nick of time.

“We were a bit concerned about the inclement weather, but in the end, all of the teams were able to make it safely to the event,” said Doug Dowell, tournament co-director. “Overall, the tournament went extremely well.”

With the entire 16-school field in attendance at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Pavilion last Saturday, including Central Kitsap, Klahowya, Olympic, Bremerton and North Kitsap, teams wrestled four times to determine the king of the Duals.

Wenatchee finished on top, defeating A.C. Davis of Yakima 34-29 in the championship match, while Olympic won three consecutive matches — against Olympia, Gonzaga Prep and Auburn Riverside — after an opening-round loss against Hudson’s Bay, 39-36, to capture a share of third place.

The highly anticipated event, though not the very first wrestling action of the year, kicked off what should be an exciting season for area grapplers and fans alike.

Olympic power Branden Yeik, the defending Class 3A 130-pound champion, saw plenty of action at 140 to help the Trojans finish highest among Kitsap teams.

Steve Polillo, who was previously an assistant, takes the helm in place of departed Bobby Manglona. Polillo has three wrestlers who are near shoe-ins for the state tournament — Yeik, Jesse Borcherding and Shane Galeski — on a team that last year won the Olympic League and finished 11th overall at the state tournament.

Polillo is particularly high on 160-pound Galeski, who flies under the radar behind Yeik and Borcherding.

“He is the heart of the team,” Polillo said via e-mail Wednesday. “He’s definitely a silent warrior and truly an outstanding person and student.”

Klahowya and Central Kitsap each finished 2-2 at the Duals to earn shares of fifth place.

The Cougars tied Auburn Riverside 39-39 in a third-round consolation match, but lost the tiebreaker by virtue of total pins and were forced to settle for a fifth-place match against NK to end the day.

“The third round of competition especially demonstrated the parody that existed (between the teams),” Dowell said. “During that round in particular, we witnessed a number of fantastically close matches.”

In that round, the Eagles defeated Bethel 43-35 and Olympic defeated Stanwood 42-39.

“The top tier teams can compete with anyone in the state,” Dowell said, pointing to Wenatchee and Davis as well as traditional powers Heritage and Yelm.

Bremerton and NK finished 1-3 on the day, with each team beating Gonzaga Prep for a lone win.

The Duals were originally started by former Olympic wrestling coach and tournament co-director Darryl Smith and have now been at the Pavilion four consecutive years.

Dowell said he intends to bring the event back to Kitsap.

“First and foremost, it provides a stage to showcase the wonderful student-athletes that our area produces,” Dowell said of the event. “Hosting such a large event also supports the local economy by bringing all those teams and their families into the area.”

The event continues to attract more wrestling fans each year and is garnering attention from schools around Washington state and even Oregon.

And with the economy in flux, corporate sponsorships, grants, a silent auction, the support of Fairgrounds and county staff and other fundraising endeavors continue to make the event possible.

“Over the years, this has involved literally hundreds of hours of planning and hard work to make it happen,” Dowell said.


First round

Davis 69, Bremerton 6

Klahowya 44, Auburn Riverside 27

Central Kitsap 43, Bethel 31

Yelm 74, North Kitsap 6

Stanwood 68, Gonzaga 12

Wenatchee 58, Olympia 16

Hudson’s Bay 39, Olympic 36

Heritage d. Peninsula (score not reported)


Yelm 66, Stanwood 18

Davis 53, Klahowya 24

Heritage 54, Central Kitsap 18

Wenatchee 73, Hudson’s Bay 6

Consolation, second round

Auburn Riverside 47, Bremerton 24

Bethel 39, Peninsula 37

North Kitsap 54, Gonzaga Prep 30

Olympic 51, Olympia 27


Wenatchee 48, Yelm 27

Davis 36, Heritage 33

Consolation, third round

Olympic 42, Stanwood 39

Auburn-Riverside 39, Central Kitsap 39 (Auburn Riverside wins tiebreaker)

Hudson’s Bay 44, North Kitsap 24

Klahowya 43, Bethel 35

Peninsula 54, Bremerton 24

Olympia 50, Gonzaga Prep 12


Wenatchee 34, Davis 29

Third place

Yelm 53, Klahowya 24

Olympic 43, Auburn Riverside 34

Heritage 45, Hudson’s Bay 19

Fifth place

Central Kitsap 60, North Kitsap 9

Peninsula 48, Olympia 24

Stanwood 63, Bethel 18

Seventh place

Bremerton 47, Gonzaga Prep 24

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