'Cats roll to 9-1 record

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Mount Si wrestling has been a powerhouse in KingCo since

the switch from Seamount in 1997. This year is shaping up in the same vein

as the Wildcats mauled two more KingCo teams, Interlake 73-0

and Mercer Island, 55-14.

The Interlake match was a landslide of wins and pins for Mount

Si. From the opening match, which saw the Wildcats' Jordan Prior win by

forfeit to the final match with Sean Sexton also winning by forfeit, it was

all Mount Si.

In the 112-pound class, Andrew Ahmadi was pitted against the

Saints' Kevin Baum, also a very tough wrestler. But Ahmadi was quick with

the first takedown and with a minute left in the first round, pinned Baum to

the mat.

Next up at 119 pounds was Kyle Cunningham who had similar

results with Interlake's Chris Burg. After an initial takedown by

Cunningham, Burg found himself pinned with 43 seconds left in the first round. The

forfeit and two quick pins gave Mount Si a respectable 18-0 lead.

Jason Moe looked like himself in his match against Interlake's

Fum Naghisa, aggressively pursuing the Saint grappler, recording a

takedown and three-point nearfall in the first round. With Naghisa starting in

the down position in the second round, Moe quickly turned him over

and pinned him with 41 seconds left in the second round.

In the 130-pound class, veteran Chad Mills was pitted against a

powerful looking wrestler in Tristan Wit. But Mills is always mentally

prepared and this match would be no different even though it appeared Wit

might have been stronger. After nearly a full round of posturing, Mills recorded

a takedown for the first points of the match, late in the first round. Wit

deferred his position to Mills for the start of the second round, with the

Wildcat then choosing the down position. He escaped quickly and then took Wit

to the mat, then turned him to record a three-point nearfall, but he could

never quite pin the strong wrestler. Wit reversed Mills late in the second

round for his first points of the match. The third round allowed Mills to record

an escape and takedown to Wit's lone takedown. With a decision of

12-4, Mount Si moved into a 28-0 lead.

Next up was Blake Moore in the 135-pound class, wrestling

longtime Saint's nemesis Michael Eav. Eav had notched a win against Moore in

this year's David Szczepanik Takedown Tournament, which obviously

played some bearing on Moore's strategy.

Eav scored first with a takedown late in the first round. Moore had

the position option for the second round but deferred his choice to Eav

who selected down. Midway through the round he managed to get free

from Moore to take a three-point lead. With only a few seconds left in the

second round, Moore worked on Eav's leg and finally tacked on a takedown

making it a 3-2 match going into the final round. Starting from the down

position, Moore rotated out to score a reversal then took Eav to the mat late

in the round for the near-fall. With the 7-3 decision, Moore had avenged

his early-season loss.

Hiram Tame made an impressive appearance in the 140-pound class

taking his opponent Raf Wong to the mat for a takedown, two-point nearfall

and reversal before finally pinning him with 1:31 left in the match. The

pin gave the Wildcats a commanding lead of 37-0.

David Crotts, also a veteran on the team, wrestled in the 145-pound

class in place of the injured Payton Thompson. His opponent Chad Hill tried

desperately to engage the aggressive Wildcat but after two takedowns,

was pinned with 52 seconds left in the second round.

Kasey Robinson completely dominated his Interlake opponent J.T.

Jackson in the 160-pound class winning a 16-0 technical fall late in the

third round.

Varsity newcomer Jed McDaniels showed a tremendous amount of

maturity in the 171-pound class as he controlled and beat the Saints'

Mike Wenburg, 2-1. Neither wrestler scored in the first round but McDaniels

starting from the down position, managed to reverse Wenberug in the

second round. Wenburg scored one point on an illegal hold by McDaniels but

that was all, giving the win to the Wildcats and recording a 57-0 lead.

The "Bruiser" Brad Davis took to the mat next for the Wildcats to

the chant of

"BruiserÂ…BruiserÂ…Bruiser." He didn't disappoint in controlling

the Saints' Rob Bradstreet but it wasn't an easy match either. Davis scored

first early in the opening round, with a takedown of Bradstreet. He

notched three-more takedowns and an escape before the match was over.

Bradstreet only mustered one escape. Davis won by a 9-1 decision.

The last match of the night pitted Dylan Seubert, "The

Intimidator" against the Saint's T.C. Cherry.

Both wrestlers postured the entire first round with neither gaining an

advantage. In the second round, Cherry deferred his position decision to

Seubert who chose down. Bolting out and sliding under, Seubert managed to

reverse his position, finally pinning Cherry with a minute and 24 seconds left

in the round. With Seubert's win and Sexton's forfeit, Mount Si recorded

a near record-breaking performance with 73 points.

Next up for the Wildcats were the Islanders of Mercer Island.

Again Mount Si pounded the opposition with only three losses out of 14 matches.

At 103 pounds, Jordan Prior wins by decision, 11-5 over Tyler Faith.

At 112 pounds, Andrew Ahmadi wins by decision, 12-8 over Rusty Johnson.

At 119 pounds, Kyle Cunningham is pinned by Jack Huttenlocher in

the second round. At 125 pounds, back from injury, Ben Veyna pins

David Fleischman in 1:22. At 130 pounds, Chad Mills pins Adam Zukor in

1:27. At 135 pounds, Jeff Stone pins Matt Johnson in 1:42. At 140

pounds, Hiram Tame pins Patrick Ishizuka in 1:25. 145 pounds, David Crotts

loses decision 3-14 to Lee Jahnke. At 152 pounds, Ryan Smith wins by

injury default over Roland Hawkins. At 160 pounds, Kasey Robinson loses a

decision to Chip Reno, 7-21. At 171 pounds, Jed McDaniels wins by

decision, 9-2 over Jeff Cook. At 189 pounds, Brad Davis pins Teddy

Kinch in 1:10. At 215 pounds, Dylan Seubert wins by decision, 14-6 over

Grant Guidinger. At 275 pounds, Brad Connor, pins Patrick Murphy in 1:27.

The `Cats hosted Bellevue at home on Wednesday then travel

to Cedarcrest to take on the Red Wolves on Thursday. Meet time is 7:30 p.m.

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