Cascade edges Oak Harbor wrestlers

Cascade edged the Oak Harbor wrestlers 38-32 on the Bruins' mat Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Once again forfeits haunted the Wildcats. Oak Harbor (0-7, 2-9) had to give up 12 points on two forfeits. Cascade also forfeited a match, but the six point difference was enough to get the Bruins (3-4, 10-7) the win.

Oak Harbor dropped the first three matches and trailed 16-0 before Corey Trimbur (103 pounds) got the 'Cats on the board with a pin (2:36).

After Oak Harbor gave up a forfeit at 112, Ben Pralle (119) won by a major decision, 17-7. Then came the second Oak Harbor forfeit, and Oak Harbor was down 28-10.

Ryuta Meany (130) recorded his first varsity pin (1:43), then another Oak Harbor loss and a Cascade forfeit made it 32-22.

Brandon Stratton's (145) 14-6 major decision narrowed the gap to 32-26, but Oak Harbor would get no closer.

Steven Souza (160) won 12-6 and Zach Loescher (171) 2-1 to finish out the Oak Harbor scoring.

Oak Harbor varsity coach Mike Crebbin missed the match because of an illness. Assistant coach Peter Esvelt said, "We showed the best team effort last night (Tuesday), and lost the dual meet due to a couple small mistakes in a couple of weight classes."

He added, "Overall, we showed the most improvement in this match, and the athletes are showing the most growth when it is needed, heading into the post season."

The Wildcats go to Lake Stevens tonight (7 p.m.) to face the first-place Vikings (7-0, 9-0) in the final regular season match. Lake Stevens is the defending state champion and currently ranked No. 2 in the state 4A poll.

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