Wildcats fall to Islanders

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SNOQUALMIE - In a battle of undefeated teams, the Mount Si grapplers took on Mercer Island last week with the Islanders taking the win 18-38.

The win by Mercer Island sets them up with another undefeated team, Issaquah, on Thursday while Mount Si takes on Interlake and Issaquah after press time on Tuesday.

Mount Si had hoped that their scrappiness and endurance could overcome the experience of eight Islander seniors, but it didn't happen.

The match started at 152 pounds with Mac Donnell taking on the Islanders' Chris Baker. The Islander scored first, but Donnell turned a reversal and then three-point nearfall. After Baker turned a reversal, Donnell came back with another. The second round was uneventful, with Donnell holding Baker to the mat most of the round. In the third, Donnell scored a reversal after starting in the down position. Baker escaped, but the Wildcat took him to the mat again for the rest of the match to take the win by an 11-5 decision.

At 160 pounds, the Wildcats' Kenny Morrison took on Colin Sedlacek. The young wrestler had a great match but lost 7-4 to tie the meet.

The Islanders forfeited at 171 pounds to send Wildcat Pano Dreves back to the bench without a match. The forfeit gave Mount Si a 9-3 lead..

"That will be the last time I step on the mat before my opponent," said Dreves after the meet. "The guy that forfeited at 171 was supposed to forfeit at 189 so I thought I would have a match."

Jack Stinnett had one of the best matches of his career for Mount Si at 189 pounds. He faced Derek Bare. Bare pulled ahead by the end of the second round 9-2, but Stinnett came back late in the third round to score a reversal and three-point nearfall, nearly pinning Bare as the buzzer sounded. He fell short of the win though, with a 7-11 result.

At 215 pounds, Trevor Moore had a close match against the Islanders' Jesse Johnson. Moore held strong in the first round scoring a takedown, but Johnson kept up the pressure and eventually pulled out the win 2-5. The loss tied Mount Si with the Islanders at nine each.

Dex Moetulvi took the mat for Mount Si at 275 pounds, facing Kostya Pospelov. The big Islander defeated Moetulvi 6-12 to give his team a 12-9 lead.

Kyle Heath was next on the roster for Mount Si at 103 pounds. He faced the Islanders' Alex Faith. Heath wasted no time, taking Heath to the mat and pinning him at the 41-second mark of the first round. The pin gave Mount Si a 15-12 lead.

At 112 pounds, Jacob Lund faced veteran Islander wrestler Jean Laschever. Laschever dominated the match, but never was able to pin Lund who kept the decision to four points. But Mercer Island took a one-point lead after the match, 15-16.

At 119 pounds, the Islanders' Sean Embly took on Mike Montgomery. Embly controlled most of the match, scoring 14 points to Montgomery's five, but the Islander was never able to pin the Wildcat veteran.

At 125 pounds, the Wildcats' Joe Taklo faced Greg Jones. Jones scored first and continued to score through the match. Taklo waited for his chance, as the Islander became tired in the third round. Taklo gained the advantage midway through the third round and appeared to work toward a pin, but Jones reversed late in the round to seal the score 12-6.

The Islanders scored a pin at 130 pounds when Aaron Agnew pinned the Wildcats' Dan Wright with one second left in the first round. The pin gave the Islanders a commanding 15-29 lead.

The 135-pound class was also tough for Mount Si as Jordan Sypher took on the Islanders' Parker Faith. Sypher kept the veteran wrestler close through two rounds, only behind by one point entering the third. But Faith pulled out a reversal late in the round to seal the 4-1 win.

At 140 pounds, Mount Si notched a win as Jay Dochnahl defeated the Islanders' Dan Rock 4-3. Rock led 3-2 through two rounds but a reversal late in the third put Dochnahl ahead for good.

Finally, at 145 pounds, the Islanders' Kyle Agnew defeated Zach Dochnahl by pin with 19 seconds left in the second round.

"We knew what we had to do," said head coach Jeff Newcomer. "It was just all very close, even with Mike Montgomery and Joe Taklo. Both had them on their back, it could have gone either way. Jack [Stinnett] had the best match he has wrestled, very tough, he did awesome. Kenny Morrison had to step up into the varsity role and he wrestled tough. They had eight seniors and we have three. We came out and had no fear. We can hold our heads high because of how we wrestled."

Mount Si took on Interlake and Issaquah on Tuesday after the Valley Record went to press.

The Kingco tournament will be held at Liberty High School in Renton on Feb. 5 with the first match starting at 10:15 a.m.

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