Tim Corrie wasn't expecting his Interlake opponent to take a shot right at the whistle. He reacted, fast all the same.
The 182-pounder, Jonathan Palagashvili, went for Corrie's legs. Tim went for the headlock, and made his pin in a minute-55. It was his third in a season that's included two decisions and four occasions when he was unanswered on the mat.
"I want to keep my undefeated streak," the senior says.
Something is clicking for the Mount Si wrestling team right now.
After the team's eighth straight win, Corrie ponders the string of success.
"We've got six seniors," he answers.
"We're working a lot harder in practice," says senior Mitch Rorem, Mount Si's 195-pounder. "As a team, we've bought in to what our coaches are doing for us."
Rorem has three pins, a majority decision, as well as several forfeits. His loss to Inglemore was against a state-ranked foe.
He boasted a few scabs on his brow, war wounds from a wrestling season that began 12 hours after he finished linebacker duties for the Mount Si football squad. Rorem is a leader on this team, and he's the first to attend an intensive two-week camp to hone skills.
"Wrestling is one of those things that takes over your life," he says.
Against Interlake, Rorem (right) pinned his man, Stanley Ruvinov, in 36 seconds.
"I was aggressive off the bat," Rorem said. "Before he could get a feel for me, I was already in on his legs."
As a team, Mount Si has been dominating its league and non-league opponents since matches began, thanks to strong numbers as well as talent. The Wildcats felled Juanita, 66-18, on Nov. 29; Skyline, 48-28, Eastlake, 58-21, and Issaquah, 46-27, on Dec. 1, as part of a big dual match; Newport, 75-3, on Dec. 2; and Inglemore, 45-31, on Dec. 4.
Now, Mount Si goes this weekend into the tough Spud Walley Invitational tournament in Sedro Woolley. In a league with limited competition right now, Spud Walley will be a true test.
"It's one of the toughest we see," said Schlotfeldt. "Tahoma, Enumclaw… Hanford, from the east side. Sedro's right up there.
Head coach Tony Schlotfeldt praised his 145-pounder, Bruce Stuart, who is wrestling well in a class with tough competition. He also singled out Tanner Stahl, who fell Thursday to a state returner in Mount Si's only loss, but is wrestling phenomenally, all things considered.
"He's wrestling smart, making good decisions," says his coach.
Mount Si saw several second-string athletes get time on the night Thursday.
At 170, JD Hanners stepped in for Cole Palmer and Jimmy Morris.
Both Hanners and Morris have a lot of promise, the coach said.
Younger wrestlers are stepping up, says Rorem.
"They definitely drill harder and go harder live than most of the freshman groups we've had," said the senior.
• Mount Si wrestles starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Spud Walley Invite at Sedro Woolley High School. Matches continue Thursday at Sammamish and next Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Maywood Middle School versus Liberty and Lake Washington.
You can follow Mount Si wrestling on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mt-Si-Wildcat-Wrestling/170525102964411.
Mount Si scores against Interlake:
• Hunter Conway, 106 pounds, pinned Albert Chen; 3:25
• Griffin Armour, 113, won by forfeit
• Eli Clure, 120, won by forfeit
• Gunnar Harrison, 126, majority decision over Grant Cole, 11-1.
• Tanner Stahl, 138, pinned by Interlake's Daniel Montoya, 3:09
• Bruce Stuart, 145, majority decision over Kevin Richardson, 9-0
• Tye Rodne, 152, won by forfeit
• Max Kenagy, 160, pinned Chung-Chen Huang, 3:35
• JD Hanners, 170, pinned Seung Lee, 0:00
• Tim Corrie, 182, pinned Jonathan Palagashvili, 1:55
• Mitch Rorem, 195, pinned Stanley Ruvinov, 0:36
• Cameron McLain, 220, pinned in 0:37
• Nate Whited, 285, pinned David Khanatayev, 0:39