Lake Stevens reigns supreme

Since the start of the season, the Oak Harbor wrestling team had one match-up highlighted on their schedule. They knew in order to accomplish the team goal of winning the WesCo North, a win over defending champion Lake Stevens would be necessary.

The Wildcats received their shot Thursday night, taking an undefeated 3-0 league and 6-0 overall record to the Viking’s mat.

In need of a flawless team effort against the state’s second-ranked team, Oak Harbor got off to a slow start, eventually losing 43-13.

Despite the final score, the meet was a lot closer than it may appear.

“We were in about eight of the 14 matches,” Oak Harbor head coach Brian Farmer said. “There were a lot of close decisions it just didn’t happen for us.”

The Wildcats dug an early 16-3 hole, dropping four of their first five matches. Senior Tony Nicolas (145) picked up the only win in the first five bouts, taking a 5-2 decision over Blake Tate.

Oak Harbor’s Patrick O’Brien (171) kept the Cats in the meet, receiving a 13-4 major decision over his opponent. The win moved OHHS to within nine, 16-7.

Lake Stevens, however, rallied for four straight wins and a 31-7 advantage that clinched the meet.

The only other Wildcat victory came from sophomore Bobby Pegues (112), who put forth what Farmer considered the strongest performance of the night. Pegues gathered the only Oak Harbor pin, defeating Michael Tipton with 1:16 to go in the third round.

With the win, Lake Stevens possibly passed their only credible threat at defeat this season, while keeping an 11-year streak without a league loss in tact.

After taking the heart-breaking loss, Farmer isn’t too concerned that his team won’t be able to regain their focus quickly.

“I think we’ll bounce back, it’s just a bump in the road,” he said.

The Wildcats host two home meets in the coming week. They face Mount Vernon at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13 and Stanwood at 7 p.m., Thursday Jan. 15.

“The teams we’re facing aren’t as strong as Lake Stevens, but they’re certainly very good and we’ll have to rise to the occasion,” Farmer said.

Lake Stevens 43, Oak Harbor 13

135--T. Kubec (LS) major decision over Tacia, 11-1; 140--Austen (LS) dec. Wichers, 6-4; 145-- Nicolas (OH) dec. Tate, 5-3; 152--Moerhle (LS) dec. Clark, 6-3; 160--Bargreen (LS) pinned Soptich (OH) :46, 3rd; 171--O'Brien (OH) maj. dec. Wilbourne, 13-4; 189--Shea (LS) dec. Lange, 6-1; 215--Leonard (LS) dec. Ward, 6-0; 275--Osborn (LS) pinned Davis, :46, 3rd; 103--K. Kubec (LS) dec. K. Miller (OH), 7-0; 112--Pegues (OH) pinned Tipton,1:16, 3rd; 119--Carter (LS) dec. R. Lemme, 9-3; 125--Brown (LS) pinned S. Lemme, 1:14; 130-VanLeuven dec. G. Miller, 8-6 OT.

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