Good night for Wildcats | Wrestling

A lot went right for the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team in its double-dual meet victory at Shorecrest Tuesday, Jan. 7.

First, the Wildcats defeated Shorewood 43-18 and the host Scots 47-28.

Second, Oak Harbor welcomed back several wrestlers who were injured.

Third, Matt Zafra picked up two wins, which “were big for us,” according to coach Peter Esvelt.

Next, Mark Johnston and Kekai Tarrant scored bonus points, another action which earned praise from Esvelt.

And, finally, the Wildcats were able to collect the two wins and still rest some of their wrestlers, making sure the athletes do not meet the season's match limit before the league matches are completed.

The night's feature match, however, did not go Oak Harbor's way. Jahleel Vester lost 3-1 to Shorewood's Matthew Floresca in the 138-pound bout. Esvelt called the tussle a “great match” between two of the best wrestlers in the state. Floresca finished second in the state last year and Vester eighth.

Zafra, Tarrant and Johnston were the only Oak Harbor wrestlers to win twice without receiving a forfeit.

“We wrestled well...(however) we have a long way to go before we face our first league (Wesco North) opponent, Marysville-Pilchuck,” Esvelt said.

Oak Harbor (4-1) goes to M-P (2-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.


Oak Harbor 43, Shorewood 18

132 pounds: Jeremy Vester won 11-2.

138: Jahleel Vester lost 3-1.

145: Zach Aketch lost 4-3.

152: Mark Johnston won 14-3.

160: Sebastian Ceaser won 8-6.

170: Kekai Tarrant won 17-0.

182: Matt Zafra won 10-7.

195: Jacob Dugin won by pin.

220: Kenny King won by forfeit.

285: Tyler Adamson won by pin.

106: Garrett Stahl lost by pin.

113: Christian Bertram won by pin.

120: Carl Caidic lost by pin.


Oak Harbor 47, Shorecrest 28

138: Jahleel Vester won by pin.

145: Josiah Welch lost by pin.

152: Johnston won 17-2.

160: Ceaser lost 9-7.

170: Tarrant won by pin.

182: Zafra won by pin.

190: Dugin lost 5-0.

220: King won by forfeit.

285: Adamson won by forfeit.

106: Stahl lost 12-1.

113: Bertram won by forfeit.

120: Caidic won by pin.

126: Oak Harbor forfeited.

132: Oak Harbor forfeited.

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