Mount Si wrestlers pick up win over Juanita

Mount Si’s Shane Dixon takes down Juanita’s Tim Roetcisoender to clinch the win for the Wildcats in the Dec. 9 home exhibition. - Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Mount Si’s Shane Dixon takes down Juanita’s Tim Roetcisoender to clinch the win for the Wildcats in the Dec. 9 home exhibition.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

Mount Si High School wrestlers used a quick start to score their first meet victory of the Kingco schedule last Thursday, Dec. 9, over the Juanita Rebels.

Several pins in early matches by Mount Si athletes propelled the Wildcats to a 45-25 result over a Rebels team that looks to be tough in Kingco this season.

The Wildcats got pins in five out of the first seven matches, while a sixth was won by forfeit. Freshmen Ryley Absher (103 pounds) and Tye Rodne (130) led the way with quick pins of their Juanita opponents. Willkins Melgaard (125), Bruce Stuart (135) and Aaron Peterson (140) also pinned their Rebel foes to the mat, while Billy Beach (112) was a winner by forfeit as Juanita did not have a competitor in the class.

Mount Si coach Tony Schlotfeldt was pleased.

“I was happy to get a victory for sure,” he said. “Our boys are young. Today

was a big confidence builder for us, especially our lighter weights.”

With the Wildcats up 36-6 at this point (each victory earned Mount Si six points, while Juanita got theirs also by pin; Jonathan Iwazaki took care of the Wildcats’ Tanner Stahl at 119), Mount Si was within striking distance of closing out the meet. The Rebels, though, as the meet moved into heavier weight classes, started to creep back into it.

Derek Kuo at 145 started the Juanita rally with a hard-fought 9-6 decision win over Mount Si’s Austin Hall, then the Wildcats’ Conor Klupar got pinned by the Rebels’ Michael Przystupa at 152. After Juanita won twice more at 160 and 171 by decisions (the 171 match by major decision), Shane Dixon stepped up for the Wildcats at 189 to take on Tim Roetcisoender of the Rebels. The match was all Dixon’s, as the Mount Si senior pinned his Juanita challenger, and those six points were enough to lock up the meet crown for the Wildcats. But Dixon felt that he could do better. “I went out there and worked hard and tried to run my moves and I just know now I need to work on some stuff,” Dixon said.

But that didn’t matter to fellow Mount Si senior Erik Sorvik. Sorvik wrestled at 215 against Juanita’s Darrin Laufasa, and the two challengers engaged in one of the better matches seen in recent Wildcat wrestling history. Sorvik and Laufasa wrestled tough, and the match went to overtime tied at 1-1. It ultimately went three overtimes, with Sorvik pulling it out at the end of the third overtime session with a couple of great moves on Laufasa. Sorvik won the contest 6-1. “I just had to keep going harder than he could,” Sorvik said.

Wildcat junior Josh Mitchell then had a similarly good match at 285 with Rebel Jeremiah Laufasa, but the Juanita competitor, who starred on their football team this fall, took the match 7-6.

They next compete over the holiday break in San Diego.

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