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Wrestling: Oak Harbor completes strong weekend
It was a successful weekend for the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team as it took both ends of a double-dual meet at Highline High School Friday, Jan. 14, and then finished fourth out of 10 teams at the Tournament of Excellence at Mercer Island High School Saturday, Jan. 15.
Oak Harbor also learned last week that Arlington used a wrestler in the wrong weight class in the two school's match earlier this season. With that wrestler forfeiting his match, the final team result tilted in Oak Harbor's favor. Tacked on to the pair of wins Friday at Highline, the Wildcats lifted their season record to 9-5, 3-1 in Wesco.
The Wildcats return to Wesco action this week when they host Mountlake Terrace (0-4, 0-8) Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In Friday's double dual, Oak Harbor topped Hazen 58-24 and Highline, coached by Oak Harbor graduate Rory Magana, 46-31.
The Wildcats received two wins from Corey Trimbur (103 pounds; fall, :22; fall, 1:15), Cody Fakkema (119; fall, :49; forfeit), David Payne (140; forfeit; fall, 5:13), Brandon Stratton (145; forfeit; fall, 2:27), Josh Crebbin (152; fall, :45; fall, 3:34), Steven Souza (160; fall, 1:37; fall, :33) and Hunter Vail (215; forfeit; 14-5).
Other winners against Hazen were Jahleel Vester (112, 13-1), Ben Pralle (125, fall, 1:52) and Justin Everett (171, fall, 1:30).
Those who lost against Hazen were Ryuta Meany (130, fall, 4:47), Nathaniel Stanford (135, fall, 1:20), Jeremy Alonzo (189, fall, :40) and Kyle Mellow (285, fall, 2:46).
Alonzo won his match against Highline (fall, :36).
Wildcats who lost against Highline were Vester (fall, 3:20), Pralle, (fall, :49), Meany (fall, 3:54), Stanford (17-7), Everett (10-7) and Mellow (fall).
Stratton led Oak Harbor at the Mercer Island tournament by capturing the 145 title. Nine other Wildcats placed: Trimbur was second; Fakkema and Meany third; and Payne, Crebbin, Souza, Alonzo, Vail and Mellow fifth.
Stratton came into the tournament ranked sixth in the state in the 3A 145-pound class and defeated the fourth-ranked wrestler, Blake Johnson of Mercer Island, for the title. Stratton is ranked fifth this week, Johnson sixth.
Trimbur jumped from being unranked to sixth with his second-place finish.
Fakkema's only loss in the tournament was 7-6 to fourth-ranked Matt Clasimes of Bellevue.
Yelm, the state's third-ranked 3A team, won the tournament with 221 points. Unranked Oak Harbor, which finished behind three ranked teams and ahead of one, picked up 147 points.
Coach Mike Crebbin said, "Our kids really performed well during the three days of wrestling. This team has heart, but heart is only part of this sport. Our team focus has been on improving technique and strategy. The kids have embraced this and the results show.
"Our goal is to be a better wrestler each day and be the best wrestlers we can be by the district tournament. Some of the kids have really turned it on. David Payne has helped the team out at 140 pounds and Ryuta Meany dropped down to 130 pounds for the weekend and took third at the Mercer Island Tournament."
Tournament of Excellent results:
Trimbur: bye; 8-4, 12-2, 4-15.
Vester: 3-13, 8-0, 4-11.
Fakkema: bye, 6-7, bye, pin, 8-1.
Pralle: bye, pinned, bye, pinned.
Meany: bye, pin, 6-19, pin.
Stanford: pin, bye, 1-3.
Payne: 21-12, pinned, pin, 16-2, 4-8.
Stratton: bye, pin, pin, 12-9.
Crebbin: pin, pinned, pin, pin, 11-19.
Souza: bye, pin, 1-9, 2-5.
Everett: pin, 2-18, pin, pinned.
Alonzo: bye, pin, pinned, pinned.
Vail: bye, pinned, bye, pin, pinned.
Mellow: bye, 0-2, bye, pin, pinned.