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Red Wolves' wrestling pulls out two more wins.

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The Cedarcrest wrestling team notched their second and third

team victories last week, pulling out a squeaker against Sammamish,

42-38 and then beating Interlake in an emotional meet.

Hosting the Totems, the Red Wolves sent their heavier classes to

the mat first. In the 275-pound class, Bela Hill was pinned by the Totems'

Dave Estella with 37 seconds left in the first round. Teammate Cole Birk won

by forfeit in the 215-pound class, tying the two schools at six each.

Next up for the Red Wolves was freshman Aaron Pedeferri in the

103-pound class. Pedeferri looked a lot like his older brother against the

Totems' Clayton Cutliffe, taking him to the mat then notching a pin with 38

seconds left in the first round. The pin moved Cedarcrest into the lead 12-6

going into the 112-pound class.

Darren DeBoer followed suit in the 112-pound class, scoring a

takedown followed by a three-point nearfall and finally pinning the Totems'

Daniel Peterson with 24 seconds left in the first round. Both the younger

Pedeferri and DeBoer have shown tremendous maturity in matches, despite their

status as freshmen.

Eric Pedeferri took to the mat for the Red Wolves in the 119-pound

class but wasn't out there long, pinning his opponent, Von Thao in eight

seconds, possibly a KingCo record.

In the 125-pound class, Alan Shults faced a determined Joe

Hatcher, losing by pin with 19 seconds left in the second round. The pin

narrowed Cedarcrest's lead to 12 at 24_12.

In one of the most gut-wrenching matches of the night, the Red

Wolves' Andrew Claussen took on David Woiunun. Woiunun scored first

with a takedown followed by a three-point nearfall, but Claussen never gave

up. Both wrestlers fought hard with neither gaining an advantage until

the third round when Claussen, almost out of desperation, moved Woiunun to

his back and pinned him with a minute left in the match. The Cedarcrest

wrestlers cleared the bench as an elated Claussen raised his arm in victory.

"I thought I was going to lose," said an obviously

enthusiastic Claussen after the match. Based on

the outcomes of the following matches, it may have been the key to the

Red Wolves' securing a victory.

Veteran Kris Cautrell was next up for the Red Wolves, at

135-pounds. His opponent was Hong Chauor, whom he handled easily.

Cautrell scored a takedown out of the gate, but Chauor escaped. Cautrell was

relentless though, taking him down again and finally scoring the pin with

seven seconds left in the first round. The pins by Claussen and Cautrell

moved Cedarcrest into a commanding lead at 36-12, but with a young team,

each match is important and the outcome wouldn't be known until the end.

In the 140-pound class, Adam Speir fought hard but was pinned

by the Totems' Terry Wang with 29 seconds left in the second round.

Tony Stedman found himself in a similar situation in the 145-pound class,

getting pinned by the Totem's Alan Itkin with 23 seconds left in the

second round.

Dan Amador controlled the Totem's Jake Nordeck from the

beginning, pinning him with 30 seconds left in the first round.

Tony Smith took to the mat for the Red Wolves in the 160-pound

class. In the first round, Smith scored the initial takedown followed by a

reversal from the Totem's Mike D'Angel. D'Angel scored a takedown in the

second round but Smith answered with a reversal, tying the score for the

third round. Starting from the down position, D'Angel scored a reversal,

then a four-point nearfall after Smith had to call injury time. D'Angel won

by decision, 10-4. The win moved the Totems closer at 42-27 with

two matches left.

Stepping to the mat for the Red Wolves in the 171-pound class

was Chris Ansell, taking on a seasoned Aaron Mercier. Mercier dominated

the first two rounds but could never quite pin the elusive Ansell. Finally

the points went above 15, giving the technical fall to Mercier.

Last but not least for the night was veteran James Minchew, who

would take on the Totems' Aaron Peterson in the 189-pound class. Minchew

scored first with an aggressive takedown but Peterson escaped and took

Minchew to the mat, pinning him at the very end of the first round. The win left

the Totems with some satisfaction but a loss, 42-38.

"They all did a fantastic job," touted coach Josh Garcia.

"Tony Smith really came through in his first match of the year," he added.

The Red Wolves then traveled to Interlake on Thursday to take on

the Saints. They walked away as 59-17 victors, marking the third team win

of the season for the young squad.

"It was a very emotional match," responded Coach Garcia when

asked about details.

Cedarcrest had a home match on Wednesday, then travels to

Bellevue on Thursday.

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