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Wildcats pound Liberty
The Mount Si Wildcats absolutely stunned the normally strong Liberty wrestling squad last week, winning 52-12 with half the Patriot points coming from a Mount Si forfeit.
The match started with Jay Dochnahl at 145 pounds, wrestling Liberty's Jared McCutchen. Dochnahl scored first and then continued the pressure, winning his match by decision 7-2. At 152 pounds, the Wildcats' Kenny Morrison took on the Patriots' Adam Bailey. Morrison controlled the tempo of the match until the end, winning by decision 9-4.
At 160 pounds, Mac Donnell was all business. He immediately took the Patriots' Nick Bailey to the mat and pinned him 32 seconds into the match. "We told him [Donnell] to turn it around and get this thing rolling and he did," said Wildcat coach Jeff Newcomer. The pin by Donnell gave the Wildcats a 12-0 lead.
Dereck Hannaman followed suit for Mount Si at 171 pounds. He scored a takedown and two three-point nearfalls in the first round. He continued his assault in the second and third rounds winning a technical fall with 21 seconds left in the match 16-1. "Dereck has improved so much from last year," Newcomer said. "He shot two double legs, the best double legs I have seen all year. He is really doing well."
The Patriots forfeited at 189 pounds, giving Seth Merritt the win for Mount Si and a 23-0 lead.
At 215 pounds, Dex Moetului was a machine, focused on one task: defeating the Patriots' Tyler Hart. Hart scored first, but after a reversal by Moetului the Patriot found himself on his back and was pinned 50 seconds into the match. The crowd went wild as Mount Si took a 29-0 lead.
At 275 pounds, freshman sensation Ryan Ransavage took to the mat. He scored first with a takedown in the first round but his opponent, Trevor Locke, scored a reversal. Ransavage scored an escape but it was a close match going into the second round at 3-2. Starting from the down position, Ransavage scored a reversal and pinned Locke 24 seconds into the round.
"Ryan is incredible in practice and is a lot better than a ninth-grader should be," touted Newcomer. "That guy shot in on him twice and he dropped and controlled. He knows where he is on the mat at all times."
At 103 pounds, another freshman, Ryan Makala, wasted no time pinning his opponent, Matt Weik, 54 seconds into the match. The pin gave Mount Si a commanding 41-0 lead.
At 112 pounds, the veteran, Kyle Heath, took on the Patriots' Luke Hansen. Heath controlled the match from the start, scoring a takedown, two-point nearfall and reversal. He continued to dominate through the third round, winning by decision, 13-4.
The Wildcats had a forfeit at 119 pounds but at 125 pounds, Joe Taklo took on the Patriots' Ryan Boser. Taklo scored first with a takedown and three-point nearfall in the first round. He scored a reversal in the second, which was enough to notch an 8-2 decision. The win gave Mount Si a huge 48-6 lead.
Jacob Lund took to the mat for Mount Si at 130 pounds. Lund wrestled hard but his opponent, the Patriots' Weston Murch, was too strong, handing the Wildcat a 4-6 loss. The Wildcats' Dallas Liebe faced a similar fate at 135 pounds against the Patriots' Hayes Diemert with Liebe falling 12-6.
Finally, at 140 pounds, Jordan Sypher took on the Patriots' Evan Engerstrom. Sypher scored quickly and dominated the match. He didn't let up throughout and notched an 11-0 decision. "Jordan is awesome this year," Newcomer said. "I think it's the mental part; he has matured so much mentally and he believes in himself."
The win gave Mount Si a final score of 52-12 over their league rivals.
The Wildcats traveled to Sedro Woolley last weekend and will not have another match until Jan. 5 at Issaquah.