Joshua Crebbin placed first and Jahleel Vester and Jacob Fitzgerald third in the Everett Classic wrestling tournament at Jackson High School Saturday, Jan. 5.
Oak Harbor finished 10th in the 27-team, 600-wrestler tournament with 66 points. Timberline placed first with 175 points.
Wildcat coach Mike Crebbin said Oak Harbor was missing several key wrestlers (including Cody Fakkema, Mark Johnston, Ray Quinday, Jackson Constant and Nathanael Stanford) because of illness or injury.
He added that his team, overall, did not wrestle well and many athletes missed practice time while on vacation during winter break.
Coach Crebbin said, "The long break in action for us definitely showed with kids missing weight and demonstrating poor technique and conditioning."
He said Joshua Crebbin, Fitzgerald and Vester all started out "rusty" but "improved as the day went on."
The Wildcats (5-1) will need to get back in the groove quickly. First they host tough Marysville-Pilchuck (3-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, then go to Highline for a double dual meet Friday and to Mercer Island for a tournament Saturday.
Joshua Crebbin (160 pounds) opened the Everett Classic with a 12-5 win and then strung together three straight pins to earn the title.
Fitzgerald (138) took third the hard way, losing in the first round 11-5 and then clawing through the losers' bracket for four wins (9-4, 5-3, fall, 14-7).
Vester, a junior, had to defeat his sophomore brother, Jeremy, 5-0 to earn third at 132 pounds.
Jahleel Vester won twice by falls before losing 14-6 in the semifinals.
Jeremy Vester, who placed fifth, won 16-6 and then lost 9-3. In the losers' bracket, he won 18-2 and by a fall before losing to Jahleel.
Other Oak Harbor results:
Christian Beltram (113): won 6-3, lost by fall, lost by injury default.
Kayden Cosper (152): lost pigtail match by fall.
Jeremy Alonzo (195): lost by fall, lost 13-6.
Jon Laningham (195): lost by fall, won by fall, lost by fall.
Jeremy Dugin (195): lost by fall, won by fall, lost by fall.
Carl Meders (220): lost by technical fall, bye, lost by fall.
Tyler Adamson (285): lost by fall, bye, lost by fall.