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'Cats one loss from title
As the final week of regular season wrestling closes, all thoughts
go back to the first meet of the season: It was a close loss to league-leading
Liberty. Were it not for that loss, Mount Si would have been repeat
champs. Now all eyes are focused on the league tournament happening this
coming weekend at Liberty.
First up for the `Cats last week was Bellevue, who put up a fight but
fell hard, 34-21. Then it was back home for a meet against Sammamish
that saw only one match win against the focused Mount Si team.
The following results were posted by Mount Si against Bellevue: At
103 pounds, Jordan Prior won by forfeit. 112 - Mount Si's Andrew Ahmadi
lost by decision to Jenkins Chan, 1-7. 119 - Kyle Cunningham lost to
Bellevue's Justin Siems, 0-6. 125 - the Wildcats' Jason Moe won a 4-3 decision
over Jeff Smith. 130 - Chad Mills lost a 6-13 decision to the Wolverines'
Zach Hyatt. 135 - Blake Moore lost a decision to Bellevue's Truang Luu,
4-11. 140 - the Wildcats' Hiram Tame won by a 12-11 decision over
Jon Katayama. 145 - David Crotts lost a 3-5 decision to the Wolverines'
Chris Long. 152 - Mount Si's Ryan Smith pinned Micah Byersdorfer at the
3:05 mark of the second round.
At 160 pounds, the Wildcats' Kasey Robinson lost a 4-11
decision to Scott Brennan. 171 - Jed McDaniels lost a 5-9 decision to Bellevue's
Levi Miller. 189 - Brad Davis won a major decision, 12-3 over Bellevue's
Lowell Parker. 215 - the Wildcats' Dylan Seubert pinned Kevin Mitchell at
the 3:28 mark of the second round. 275 - Sean Sexton won by forfeit.
The second meet of the week was against a struggling Sammamish
Totem team. The Wildcats came out focused and together from the start.
Jordan Prior wasted no time gaining an advantage over the Totems'
Clayton Cuttitte, scoring an initial takedown and two three-point nearfalls in
the first round before pinning the struggling Totem with 1:07 left in the
Andrew Ahmadi followed suit and pinned the Totems' Daniel
Peterson with 27 seconds left in the first round. Kyle Cunningham also took his
place in the queue and pinned Sammamish's Aash Gorma with 1:17 left in the
first round. Three matches, three pins, all in front of a loud home crowd.
Jason Moe continued his reign at the 125-pound class for Mount Si
and his match against the Totems' Joe Hatcher was one of the most
exciting of the night. Moe scored the first points of the match with a
takedown in the first round. Hatcher chose the down position to start the
second round and midway through, reversed Moe for two points. With the
score even going into the third, Moe selected the down position. He battled
tirelessly through most of the round until
finally, with seconds to spare, he escaped from the grasp of Hatcher. The one
point was enough for the decision.
Sammamish posted a forfeit at the 130-pound class in order for
Tuan Nguyen to take on Blake Moore at 135 pounds. But strategy
sometimes doesn't work the way a coach intends and this case was no exception.
Moore pinned Nguyen with 1:03 left on the clock in the first round.
Hiram Tame showed his wrestling maturity in a match against the
Totems' Alan Itkin. Itkin scored the initial takedown late in the first round
but Tame escaped. In the second round, Itkin deferred on choice to Tame
who chose the down position. He then scored a quick escape and
another point because of an illegal hold by Itkin.
In the third, Tame deferred and Itkin chose down. He escaped
midway through the round to even the score. Looking like a tie was imminent,
Tame struggled to take Itkin to the mat. With under a minute to go, he found
an opening and maneuvered behind Itkin for the score. As the buzzer
sounded, Tame had the decision, 5-3.
David Crotts dominated the Totems' Terry Wong in the
145-pound class, winning a major decision 11-1. Ryan Smith followed suit but
pinned the Totem's Ryan Nordeck with 53 seconds left in the first round. The
pin gave Mount Si a commanding 46-0 lead.
In the only loss of the night, Kasey Robinson battled tough against a
determined Aaron Mercier. The Totem is a veteran on the mat and took
advantage of every situation he could. The match was long and arduous;
both wrestlers appeared exhausted. Robinson could never quite get
the turn for the score, finally losing by decision, 9-2.
In the 171-pound class the youngster, Jed McDaniels, took on a
visibly stronger Aaron Peterson. Peterson scored first but McDaniels was
determined and stayed close. In the second round McDaniels scored a point on
an illegal start by Peterson. He then reversed Peterson who slipped away
for an escape. Late in the round, McDaniels found another
takedown for the score.
In the third, Peterson chose the down position and quickly
reversed McDaniels. After nearly a minute of struggling, McDaniels scored the
escape for the tie then took Peterson to the mat for two more points and
Brad Davis had a forfeit in the 189-pound class as did Dylan Seubert
at 215. Last up for the night was the big man, Sean Sexton, wrestling the
Totems' Dave Estrella. Sexton went to work on points, scoring a
takedown in the first round. In the second, he deferred position to Estrella
who chose down. Estrella escaped early in the round then took Sexton to the
mat and the three-point nearfall, but Sexton waited patiently for the right
time then flipped Estrella over for the reverse and pinned him with 35
seconds left in the round. The pin gave Mount Si a commanding 65-3 victory.
"Jed did great despite a hurt shoulder," commented Coach
Bruce Caldwell. "He protected when he had to and stayed close. Moe also did
a great job; he knew that kid was tough and pushed himself all week."
The big man, Sexton also came from behind for the win. "I was
patient and set him up," he said. "I wrestled defensively today, but
sometimes go offensively."
Mount Si heads to the league tournament to be held at Liberty
High School on Friday and Saturday. Seeding for the regional tournament, to
be held at Kennedy High School, will be up for grabs.