Kamiak pulls out narrow win over Mariner | Wrestling

Knights standout takes 155-pound title at Lady Wolfpack Invitational
By David Pan | Feb 03, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Ally de la Cruz lifts Yelm’s Tayleen Reach off the mat during a 155-pound match Jan. 28 at the Lady Wolfpack Invite at Jackson High School.

Kamiak pulled out a narrow victory over district rival Mariner in the final regular season Wesco 4A dual match of the season.

The Knights edged the Marauders 39-34 in the Jan. 24 match at Kamiak High School.

“I was very pleased. Mariner was a tough team to wrestle,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “The deciding factor came down to the last bout. It was very exciting.”

Dalton Pesek recorded a pin in the 195-pound division to give the Knights the victory. Other winners for Kamiak included Peter Kim (5-0 decision at 113), Warren Han (pin at 160), Drew Kindle (pin at 220) and Austin Pomada (pin at 285). The Knights also won two forfeits at 120 and 126.

Mariner coach Carl Wilkins noted that the Marauders had to juggle their lineup due to some missing wrestlers.

“Kamiak wrestled really well,” Wilkins added. “Their kids did what they needed to do.”

Mariner winners were Levi Elsberry (10-7 decision at 106), Joseph Adee (pin at 132), Ryan Fry (pin at 138), Levi Weaver (pin at 145), Josh Giron (11-8 decision at 152), Roman Savchuck (16-6 decision at 170) and Austin Kaytor (pin at 182).

Both teams are relatively young and will return many individuals next year, the coaches said.

Han, Kamiak’s lone senior heads into this week’s district tournament, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 at Glacier Peak High School and continues on Saturday, with only one loss this season. The loss was to Curtis’ Ketner Fields, a state placer who is currently ranked No. 2, according to the Washington Wrestling Report.

Stelling said that other Knights to watch out for at districts include Richard Chung (106), Peter Kim (113), Anthony Armad (152), Max Furlong-Benedetti (170), Drew Kindle (220) and Austin Pomada (285).

“I’m really pleased with where we’re at with the younger guys,” Stelling said. “We have a lot of juniors back. I think we’ll be even strong next year.”

The three Mariner wrestlers to watch this week are Levi Weaver (138), Josh Giron (145) and Cayden Herbert (220).

But Wilkins expects other Marauders also to do well at districts.

“We’re excited about districts with all of the kids,” he said. “It’s hard to tell who’s going to rise to the occasion. … I expect to have six or eight moving on to regionals.”

The Marauders ended up having sort of a logjam at certain weight classes this season, according to Wilkins. Many of the team’s top wrestlers were in the 138, 145 and 152 divisions, as well as 220.

“The kids wrestled tough and were very competitive,” Wilkins said.

Some of the younger wrestlers were on varsity instead of junior varsity.

“They were thrown into the fire,” Wilkins said. “Some of them came out of it pretty well. For some of them it was a learning curve.”

Kamiak’s top girl wrestler, junior Ally de la Cruz won an 8-2 decision over Hoquiam’s Jenna Doll in the 155 finals at the Lady Wolfpack Invitational Jan. 28 at Jackson High School.

A state runner-up at 145 last year, de la Cruz recorded three straight pins to advance to the finals.

“I expect she’ll do really well in districts,” Stelling said. “Everybody she’s wrestled up north, she’s beat.

Kamiak’s Diana Cantina took fifth at 100. The girls district tournament is scheduled for Feb. 3-4 at Burlington-Edison High School.

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