The Oak Harbor High School wrestling team swept a double-dual meet at Highline High School Friday, Jan. 11, then finished sixth in the prestigious 15-team Tournament of Excellence at Mercer Island High School Saturday.
At Mercer Island, Mark Johnston's second-place finish highlighted the efforts of the Wildcats who earned six top-five placers in the meet.
Coach Mike Crebbin said, "We wrestled much better than last weekend. The three straight days of wrestling showed that we have improved our conditioning, and we had much better technique and discipline."
At Highline, Oak Harbor defeated Hazen 58-10 and the host school 41-22. The event was the second annual Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer meet organized by Hazen coach and Oak Harbor grad Rory Magana. Magana's father, Rod, a long-time Oak Harbor resident, died from the disease.
Jeremy Vester (126 pounds: 10-6; fall, 2:32), Jahleel Vester (132: 17-2; fall, 3:07), Cody Fakkema (145: fall, 4:09; 12-2) and Joshua Crebbin (160: fall, 3:56; fall, 2:32) each won twice for Oak Harbor.
Earning a win and a forfeit were Christian Beltran (113: fall; forfeit), Courtney Shavers (170: fall, 3:20; forfeit) and Jon Laningham (182: 11-5; forfeit).
Other inners against Hazen were Jacob Fitzgerald (138: fall), Jacob Dugin (195: fall, 4:49), Terry Joll (220, fall, 5:10) and Tyler Adamson (285: 10-8).
At Mercer Island, Jeremy Vester, Fakkema, Fitzgerald and Crebbin all finished third, and Jahleel Vester was fifth.
Coach Crebbin said, "We got to see the level of competition that we will experience at the state meet."
He added that the tournament featured numerous defending state champions, several which faced Wildcats.
Johnston (145) recorded two falls and a 9-0 win before losing in the finals by a fall (5:30).
Jeremy Vester won 12-9 and by a fall (3:45) before losing to defending state champion Joshua Salcedo of Granger 9-3 in the semifinals. Vester won 10-0 in the match for third.
Fakkema (132) won by a fall (3:15) and 10-2, lost 5-1 in the semis, then won by a fall 2:37.
Jahleel Vester also competed at 132 and won by a fall (4:43), lost 9-4, then added two pins (3:38, 2:28).
Fitzgerald (138) received a bye, won by a fall (5:35), lost 6-1, then won 17-2.
Joshua Crebbin (160) won by two pins (:41, 5:58) before losing to two-time state champion Bobby Reece of Kingston by a fall (3:15). Crebbin took third with a fall (:36).
Other Oak Harbor results:
Beltran (106): lost 10-2, won 14-5, won 17-6, lost 9-1.
Shavers (170): lost 7-2, won by fall (2:36), won by fall (:46), lost 13-2.
Laningham (182): won by fall (:22), lost by fall (3:55), won by fall (1:18), lost by fall (2:40).
Dugin (195): lost by fall (2:25), lost 6-0.
Joll (220): won by fall (5:55), lost by fall (2:41), bye, lost 9-7.
Adamson (285): bye, lost by fall (:23), bye, lost by fall (:43).