New skills were in evidence as first one, then another Mount Si wrestler deployed recently-honed moves against a league foe to lethal effect.
Mount Si handily won over Bellevue on Thursday, Jan. 10, but faces a better test this coming Thursday, Jan. 17, on the road at Mercer Island.
The Wildcats bettered Bellevue at home last week, 58-21, with pins by wrestlers who are honing both physical and mental technique as this season moves toward a climax.
At 106 pounds, Hunter Conway pinned Bellevue’s Nathan Smith in 45 seconds. One-hundred-20-pound sophomore Eli Clure pinned Bellevue’s Nick Luera in 15 seconds, while next, at 126, sophomore Gunnar Harrison won by majority decision over Bellevue’s Garret Williams.
“He was strong, tough and fast, but in the end...” Harrison said. “It’s a head game. You’ve just got to break past the barrier.”
“I had the right mental attitude out there,” Clure said. He gets pumped up before every match.
Ryley Absher, at 132, pinned Wolverine Cole Bouwman in a five-minute bout. Tye Rodne, 152, pinned John Manusco in 1:39, and Max Kenaghy, 160, pinned Cutter Podoll in 1:10.
“He exposed his leg, let his guard down for a sec,” said Kenaghy. “I just capitalized on that. It ended pretty fast.”
At 113, Griffin Armour was pinned by Bellevue’s Jason Presley in a five-minute match.
Tanner Stahl, in a tough 138-pound class, was pinned by Bellevue’s Christian Villani in 45 seconds.
At 170, Jamey Mange won a decision by two points, 6-4, over Mount Si’s Cole Palmer.
“He was high intensity and high pace, the whole time,” Palmer said. “I had to be out there, going neck and neck.”
Bellevue’s Gabe Buccino pinned Cameron McLain, 182, in 2:45. Forfeits put Mount Si over the top. Unanswered were Kelly Kulpar, at 285, Justin Edens at 145, Mitch Rorem at 195 and Nate Whited at 220.
This part of the season means opponents can’t be taken for granted, says the sophomore Harrison.
“You’ve got to stick to the basics, when it comes to good teams and smart wrestlers.”
“We feel good about how we’re wrestling,” says Stahl, who is a four-year wrestler. “The training that we do in practices, the people I work with, helps a lot. Team mentality is good.”
Absher, too, puts the streak down to “a lot of drilling and staying tough.” He is working on his defense on his feet. His goals: “Hopefully a first in Kingco, and make it to state.”
• Mount Si visits Mercer Island at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 17.
“Come in, wrestle hard,” Rorem says of the game plan. “We’re prepared.”
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Photos by Curt Carlson/Calder Productions
Photos, below, by Seth Truscott