Wrestling: Oak Harbor moves into 1st

The Oak Harbor wrestling team swept the visiting Shoreline schools on Alumni Night Tuesday, Jan. 4, setting up a showdown with Everett next week for first place in the Wesco 3A standings.

The Wildcats edged Shorewood 35-34 and Shorecrest 42-30 to raise their Wesco record to 3-0. Oak Harbor, which started the season with four nonleague losses, is now 6-5 for the year.

Oak Harbor travels to Everett (2-0, 4-2), the preseason favorites, Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.

In the win over Shorewood, Oak Harbor led 12-0 and then trailed 21-12 before mounting a comeback.

Coach Mike Crebbin said one of the key matches was an Oak Harbor loss.

With the Wildcats up 29-24 with three bouts left, Oak Harbor's Collin Higingbotham (189 pounds) faced one of the Thunderbird's top wrestlers, Joel Smith. Higingbotham lost 14-0, but his valiant effort to avoid a fall saved Oak Harbor one team point, which was the eventual margin of victory.

Jeremy Alonzo's (215) pin (3:30) in the next match iced the win for Oak Harbor.

Other winners for Oak Harbor were Corey Trimbur (103, forfeit), Jahleel Vester (112, pin, :55), Brandon Stratton (145, 18-3), Joshua Crebbin (152, pin, :53) and Justin Everett (171, pin, :39).

The Wildcat losses came from Cody Fakkema (119, 6-3), Athan Taisague (130, 6-5), Ryuta Meany (135, 6-4), Brody DeDobbeLaere (140, pinned, 4:00), Steven Souza (160, 7-6) and Kyle Mellow (285, pinned, 3:30).

Oak Harbor forfeited 125.

Against Shorecrest, the Scots won five straight matches and were within a fall (36-30) of tying the match heading into the final bout. Trimbur (103), however, reversed the trend and pinned (:30) his opponent to secure the Wildcat win.

Oak Harbor jumped to a 36-9 lead with wins from Walter Castillo (112, forfeit), Vester (119, pin, :23), Meany (135, forfeit), DeDobbeLaere (140, forfeit), Stratton (145, pin, :30) and Crebbin (152, pin, 1:22).

Fakkema (125, 8-5), Taisague (130, pinned, 2:21), Everett (160, 5-4), Souza (171, 6-3), Higingbotham (189, 7-2), Alonzo (215, pinned, :44) and Mellow (285, pinned 1:41) lost their matches.

Coach Crebbin said the win over Shorewood was "surprising" and that his team "wrestled well."

He said the long layoff because of the Christmas break showed in the match with Shorecrest because the Wildcats' "conditioning was down a bit" and some of the wrestlers "used a lot of energy to make weight."

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