Winter Preview: Grapplers gearing up

In his third year as Oak Harbor High School’s head wrestling coach, Mike Crebbin said he is excited about the Wildcats’ prospects for a successful season.

Although Oak Harbor has just one state qualifying wrestler, sophomore Colton Elliot, returning to the roster, Crebbin said the team has a number of quality freshmen out for the team who have come up through the junior wrestling program.

“Wrestlers in our sophomore and junior classes have really developed and their confidence levels have built up,” Crebbin said. “We’re really looking forward to this season.”

One of the top freshman wrestlers is Josh Martinez, who will be competing in the 103-pound weight division.

“Josh is a national placer in both freestyle and Greco-Roman,” Crebbin said.

Other wrestlers who are expected to have an impact this season are juniors Royce Cardwell, Ben Page and Jared Tyson.

Another asset for the Wildcats is the senior contingent of Ben Llewelyn, Tyler Elliot and Jeremy Pallerine, along with junior Chris Neumiller. All were members of the Oak Harbor football team and wrestle in the heavier weight classes.

The Wildcats also have four competitors on the roster who attend Coupeville High School.

They include Brian Bowden, Davion Watkins, Jessie Tucker and Ken Hopkins.

“Coupeville High School doesn’t have a wrestling team so they come up here,” Crebbin said. “If there are any other athletes from

Coupeville who would like to compete, we’d be more than happy to have them.”

As in past seasons, Lake Stevens will be one of the top teams in the WesCo North.

“Snohomish has five state qualifiers coming back,” Crebbin said. “After that, Monroe. It just comes down to who can fill the lineups and I think we should be right in there this season.”

Oak Harbor’s first home match is Tuesday, Dec. 4, against Mountlake Terrace.

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