Vikings pin ’Cats

Oak Harbor’s Brian Howard works a pinning combination on Kody Dinh in the 215-pound bout in Thursday’s match against Lake Stevens.  - Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor’s Brian Howard works a pinning combination on Kody Dinh in the 215-pound bout in Thursday’s match against Lake Stevens.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor coach Mike Crebbin described the Lake Stevens High School wrestlers as being the top team in the state and probably one of the top teams in the Pacific Northwest.

In Oak Harbor’s final home wrestling match of the season Thursday evening, the Vikings lived up to their top billing and defeated the Wildcats 57-10.

The Wildcats managed to win just two bouts in the match.

At 215 pounds, Brian Howard, wrestling in just his second bout since returning to competition after being out of action due to a shoulder injury, pinned Kody Dinh at the 37-second mark of the second period.

Cory Trimbur, at 103 pounds, was the other Wildcat winner, earning a 9-1 major decision victory over Lake Stevens’ Dakota Reynolds.

Coming off the injury, Howard said his shoulder felt amazing.

“I went through physical training for about a month and came out with all I had. It’s great to be back,” he said.

The talented Viking team recorded six victories via pinfall in the match, along with one by technical fall victory and another by major decision.

“They’re fundamentally sound wrestlers,” Crebbin said. “They don’t do anything flashy, they just come right at you. They have great motion and great position, and they just beat you with solid wrestling.”

Oak Harbor’s next test on the mat is the divisional tournament at Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday, Feb. 6.

Lake Stevens 57, Oak Harbor 10

140 — BJ Alewine (LS) dec. John Tuttle 7-5. 145 — Sean Pennington (LS) pinned Ben Page 1:13. 152 — Jacob Anderson (LS) dec. Jarred Tyson 11-6. 160 — George King (LS) pinned Kyle Magana 1:09. 171 — Blake Lehuquet (LS) tech. fall Zach Loescher 16-0. 189 — Justin Grow (LS) pinned Jake Lundstrom :43. 215 — Brian Howard (OH) pinned Kody Dinh 2:27. 285 — Zach Teuber (LS) pinned Phil Rodgers 2:34. 103 — Cory Trimbur (OH) major dec. Dakota Reynolds 9-1. 112 — Mick Majors (LS) pinned Ben Pralle :35. 119 — Josh Heinzer (LS) pinned Royce Cardwell :42. 125 — Jack Stilwell (LS) dec. Connar Zimmerman 9-2. 130 — Sean Anderson (LS) major dec. Josh Barton 19-5. 135 — Kyle Johnson (LS) dec. Colton Elliot 13-8.

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