Wrestling: Wildcats drop 2 in opening double-dual match

The young Oak Harbor High School wrestling team fell twice in its season-opening double-dual meet at Monroe Friday, Dec. 3

The host Bearcats stopped Oak Harbor 47-21 and Arlington topped the Wildcats 42-33.

Oak Harbor coach Mike Crebbin said, "We wrestled a lot of freshmen. We knew we were going to take our lumps." He added that his wrestlers had a great attitude facing a tough situation: "The kids are doing their jobs, stepping in and competing."

Crebbin said, "Monroe has experience at all weights and Arlington is a good program."

Oak Harbor had to forfeit three weight classes, but Crebbin expects to fill all the slots soon. Injuries, athletes missing practices because of the snow and lack of time for wrestlers to lose weight left Oak Harbor short-handed in the double loss.

Crebbin added that another problem that will haunt the Wildcats all year is that four of his top wrestlers all fall in the same weight class.

Oak Harbor picked up wins in both matches at Monroe from Corey Trimbur, Cody Fakkema, Brandon Stratton and Collin Higingbotham.

The Wildcats travel to Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday, Dec. 9, for a double dual meet with the Tomahawks and Lakewood at 7 p.m.

Individual match results for Oak Harbor (Arlington match is listed first):

103: Oak Harbor forfeit; double forfeit.

112: Trimbur won by fall, 1:12; won 12-0.

119: Fakkema won by fall, :42; won by fall, 1:32.

125: Ben Pralle won 12-7; lost by fall, 1:10.

130: Oak Harbor forfeit.

135: Athan Taisague lost by fall, 3:10; lost by fall, 1:25.

140: Ryuta Meany lost 6-0; won 18-7.

145: Brody Dedobbelaere lost by fall, 1:12; lost by fall, :40.

152: Stratton won by fall, 1:43; won 15-2.

160: Steven Souza lost 4-1; lost 17-2.

171: Oak Harbor forfeit.

189: Higingbotham won by fall, 3:00; won 12-11.

215: Jeremy Alonzo won by fall, 4:27; lost by fall, 1:55.

285: Kyle Mellow lost by fall, :24; lost by fall, :43.

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