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Fast on their feet: Improvisation, mental game helps Mount Si wrestling clean house | Photo Gallery
“What can I do now?” thought Mount Si senior Eli Clure.
His Interlake opponent was stubbornly defending himself with an elbow to the mat. Clure needed to move it. Time for some improvisation.
Clure thought fast and used a sequence of moves, grappling an ankle, going into a cradle, then grabbed foe Brando Grim’s head to get the pin and another six points for Mount Si.
“It was a last-minute type of thing,” said Clure—a pin in one minute, one second, for the four-year varsity wrestler for the Wildcats, who helped his team beat Interlake 54-18 in their first home match of the season, Thursday, Dec. 12.
Mount Si’s veterans and newcomers built their skills, and the Wildcats won several falls.
Senior Hunter Conway, wrestling at 113, won by pin over Albert Chen, while, at 152, junior Justin Edens pinned his opponent, Justin Richardson, in 1:37.
At 138, Gunnar Harrison won by a 1:18 fall over Devansh Dwivedy, while Ryley Absher pinned his opponent in 41 seconds, at 145.
At 220, Mount Si’s heaviest contender, Andrew Harris, pinned his man, Sohan Goli, after a minute and a half.
“Andrew’s got pretty good technique. He’s really coachable,” said Mount Si head coach Tony Schlotfeldt. “He’s young but very athletic.”
At 182, Quinn Oster beat his man, John Palagashvili, 2-1 in a close, tense three-round bout.
“I was just trying to break him down,” said Oster, who took Palagashvili to the mat and waited for the right moment.
“He was a lot stronger than me. I just tried to put my legs in, get some leg rides,” he said. “It was mental and physical. Mental was a big part of it.”
Oster hasn’t wrestled since freshman year, and shows promise.
“He could put some things together,” said Schlotfeldt.
Senior Tye Rodne also won on points in a close battle with Bhek Shimango, 8-3.
“He was definitely stronger,” said Rodne, who was wrestling up a weight class, but “I took for granted that I had better cardio.”
In the first round, he and Shimango engaged in a lot of hand fighting, attempting to tie up each other’s heads and hands on their feet.
“It was slow, because we were playing each other’s game,” Rodne said. “It’s to see how your opponent reacts. Me and him had the same game plan—tie up, see his body movements, and see openings from there.”
Rodne used a move called a “chin whip” to toss his opponent, gain momentum and win.
Freshman Henry Foster won his match, at 106 pounds, facing Michael Vekiyev, in an 8-3 decision.
First-time wrestler and senior Makhosandile Lancelot won by forfeit, as did Mason Marenco.
Sophomore Kai Hapke, filling in for Tanner Stahl, had a good match, close on points until he was pinned by Interlake’s Kevin Richardson.
Mount Si headed to Centralia this weekend, hosts Sammamish on Wednesday, then goes to a two-day tournament in Pasco over the holiday break.
Mount Si’s Gunnar Harrison goes to work on Devansh Dwivedy; Calder Productions Photo
Hunter Conway wrestles Albert Chen; Calder Productions Photo
Eli Clure puts a hold on Brando Gim; Calder Productions Photo
Tye Rodne works on a hold; Calder Productions Photo
Quinn Oster, above. Calder Productions Photo
Quinn Oster applies pressure to his Saints opponent, Jon Palagahsvili, for a narrow, hard-fought win. Seth Truscott Photo
Kai Hapke battles Kevin Richardson of Interlake. Seth Truscott Photo
Andrew Harris readies a pin on Sohan Goli.