Knights take down Marauders in wrestling showdown
Last updated 1/16/2019 at Noon
Kamiak needed some of its wrestlers to step up against district rival Mariner.
The Knights responded with four pins and key victories by two of the team’s girl wrestlers to edge the Marauders 36-31 in a Wesco 4A dual meet Friday, Jan. 11, at Mariner High School.
“I was so proud of the kids to pull that off,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said. “Mariner has a tough team this year. I felt our kids wrestled really well, wrestled to their potential.”
If there was a swing match, Stelling said that it was Ethan Akers’ pin in the 220-pound match. Akers was wrestling up a weight class.
“I didn’t know how that was going to go,” Stelling said. “That pin was a huge swing.”
Teammate Elliott Szoke (138) also recorded a pin that actually clinched the match for the Knights (1-2 in the league, 2-5 overall).
Kamiak’s Solana Ordonez recorded a 9-3 victory at 106 and Diana Cantini won 12-7 at 113.
“We got a nice contribution from the girls,” Stelling said. “Both won their matches. That was huge.”
Also recording pins for the Knights were Steven Berry (182) and Ian Faucher (195). Faucher also won against Arlington Thursday, Jan. 10, and finished third at the Marysville-Pilchuck Premier tournament on Saturday, Jan. 11. Teammate Richard Chung (113) also took third.
Mariner (2-1, 4-3) was led by Rowland Whited (170), Sergio Olivares (132), Joseph Adee (145) and R.J. Fry (152), who all won by fall. Levi Elsberry (120) Elsberry recorded a majority decision and Payton Britton (126) won by decision.