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Cedarcrest drops last meet
The Red Wolves hosted their last meet of the season against the
Indians of Issaquah. Despite the growing strength in their wrestling ranks,
they couldn't pull it out against a deep Issaquah team, losing 20-52.
Starting out the meet, Aaron Pedeferri won by forfeit in the
103-pound class. Next up was the young freshman, Darren DeBoer, against
a seasoned Jenkins Chan. Chan quickly took the young Red Wolf to the
mat then pinned him 30 seconds into the round. It was a rare loss for a
wrestler with a promising future.
Eric Pedeferri took to the mat for the Red Wolves in the 119-pound
class against Justin Siems. Pedeferri racked up score after score but could
never quite pin his determined Issaquah opponent. In the first round,
Pedeferri scored five. In the second, he chose the down position then quickly
escaped and took Siems to the mat, then scored a two-point nearfall. He
then let Siems up, only to take him down again, then scored a
three-point nearfall. In the final round Siems had the down position, but again
Pedeferri let him up and then took him down, gaining enough points for the
Alan Shults faced a very tough Indian opponent in Jeff Smith.
Smith controlled Shults from the start, finally pinning him 1:38 into the
Red Wolf Andrew Claussen also had a tough match in the
130-pound class. His opponent, Zach Hyatt, scored a takedown and
three-point nearfall. For the second round Hyatt deferred position choice to
Claussen, who chose neutral. Hyatt took Claussen to the mat again, then
scored another three-point nearfall in the second round. Scoring three more
points in the third, Hyatt won the decision, 13-2.
Kris Cautrell faced a similar fate in his match, taking on
Issaquah's Truong Luu. Luu scored fast and furious, ending it with a pin of Cautrell
at the 1:32 mark of the second round. Next up was Adam Speir
against Issaquah's Jon Katayama. Katayama scored first with a takedown, but
a determined Speir escaped. Katayama scored another takedown as the
round drew to a close. In the second round Katayama scored five more but in
the third, sensing a tiring opponent, Speir scored two take downs, but it
wasn't enough. Katayama won the decision, 11-5.
The Red Wolves' Tony Stedman also faced a tough Issaquah
opponent in Chris Long in the 145-pound class. Long controlled the entire
match, eventually winning a major decision, 12-2. Cedarcrest forfeited in the
In the 160-pound class Rob Westermann pulled out an
amazing match against Issaquah's Scott Brennan. Westermann scored
first with a takedown but Brennan reversed. Not to be outdone, Westermann
reversed again, but Brennan scored last in the round with another reverse.
The young Red Wolf deferred his position for the second round, with
Brennan choosing down. Brennan scored first with a reverse but Westermann
escaped, then took Brennan to the mat. Each wrestler scored one more
reverse to finish the round. In the final round, ahead by only a point,
Westermann had to keep Brennan at bay and that's exactly what he did, scoring an
escape and a takedown to win the decision, 12-8.
In the 171-pound class, James Minchew took on Issaquah's
Levi Miller, but found himself on his back at the 59-second mark of the
Cedarcrest forfeited in the 189-pound class then sent Cole Birk to
the mat against the Indians' Lowell Parker. Parker dominated the young
Red Wolf, finally winning by technical fall in the third round, 19-3.
Ben Schlechty won by forfeit in the 275-pound class to finish the meet.
Cedarcrest travels to the league tournament Friday and Saturday,
then to the regional tournament the following weekend.