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Wrestling: Everett takes down Oak Harbor in battle for 1st

Everett prevailed in a battle for first place as the Seagulls defeated the host Oak Harbor wrestling team 49-25 Thursday, Jan. 13.

Both Everett and Oak Harbor came into the match with 3-0 league records, but the seventh-ranked Seagulls were too much for the young Wildcats.

Coach Mike Crebbin said, “They just had more depth and experience.” Everett sent five seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and no freshmen to the mat; Oak Harbor used just two seniors (one received a forfeit), six juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.

Crebbin said, “We didn’t wrestle badly, but in some of the matches we shouldn’t have been pinned. It wouldn’t have changed the outcome, but we would have been more competitive.”

The Wildcats welcomed back Ben Pralle and Hunter Vail coming off injuries and both won. Pralle was out with broken fingers and Vail was recovering from a concussion.

Crebbin said, “I am happy about Ben Pralle. He wrestled really well and didn’t make any mistakes. Hunter Vail is just getting back into wrestling condition.”

Oak Harbor went on top 4-0 with Jahleel Vester’s 15-3 win at 112 pounds. After Cody Fakkema (119) lost 21-7, Pralle (125) won 4-0 to give Oak Harbor a 7-4 lead.

The Wildcats then lost seven of the next eight matches to fall behind 41-13. Brandon Stratton (145) got the only win with a quick pin (:41).

Oak Harbor won two of the final three bouts when Vail (215) won by pin (1:14) and Corey Trimbur (103) won by forfeit.

Others who lost their matches were Athan Taisague, 130, pinned, 3:56; Ryuta Meany, 135, pinned, 1:31; David Payne, 140, 12-5; Joshua Crebbin, 152, pinned, 5:48; Justin Everett, 160, 10-0; Josh Orritt, 171, pinned, 1:00; Jeremy Alonzo, 189, pinned, 3:21; and Kyle Mellow, 285, pinned, 1:29.

Oak Harbor competes at Highline along with Hazen in a double dual meet tomorrow, Jan. 14. Highline is coached by Oak Harbor graduate Rory Magana.

The Wildcats go to the Tournament of Excellence at Mercer Island High School Saturday, Jan. 15.

Coach Crebbin said, “It’s a good time (to have three matches in three days) to really push our conditioning coming off Christmas break.”

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