SNOQUALMIE – Mount Si took to the mat last week in their first home league match of the season. The hometown grapplers didn’t disapoint their fans as they walloped Newport 60-15. Eight pins was an indicator of how Mount Si dominated the mat, making a statement that this young team is capable of pulling out big wins.
“We wanted to come out and make a statement,” said Wildcat head coach Jeff Newcomer. “These guys wrestled great, with determination to win.”
The night started with a win by forfeit at 119 pounds when Joe Taklo put the first six points on the board for Mount Si.
Mike Montgomery was the first to start the pin-fest as he took to the mat at 125 pounds. He dominated his opponent early, scoring eight first-round points. After a three-point nearfall early in the second, he notched the pin at the 3:05 mark to add another six points to the board.
At 130 pounds, Dan Wright followed suit. Despite some second-round jitters, Wright pinned his Newport opponent at the 5:09 mark in the third round.
Jordan Sypher’s match ended in a similar fashion at 135 pounds after racking up eight points. He pinned his opponent to the mat at the 3:14 mark in the second round to give Mount Si a 24-0 lead.
In one of the more nail-biting matches of the night, sophomore Jay Dochnahl defeated his Newport opponent 15-12. Dochnahl scored first but his opponent wasn’t going to give in easily. After the second round, Dochnahl was down 10-7. But in the third round the young Wildcat wrestler came through and in the closing seconds of the match, pulled a reversal to score the go- ahead points and get the win.
Newport won its first match, by forfeit at 145 pounds, but Mount Si came back at 152 pounds in the form of sophomore Kenny Morrison. Morrison controlled the tempo from the first few seconds, notching eight first round points. After reversing position in the second round, Morrison pinned his Newport opponent at the 2:43 mark in the second round.
Mac Donnell took to the mat for Mount Si at 160 pounds in one of the tougher matches of the night. Despite several reversals and a three-point nearfall, Donnell fell to his Newport opponent by decision, 13-9.
Pano Dreves avenged his teammate’s loss at 171 pounds by scoring an incredible 12 points quickly, then pinning his opponent with 37 seconds left in the first round. The pin gave Mount Si a commanding 39-9 lead.
At 189 pounds, senior Jeff Lewis showed tremendous drive as he won a very close 17-16 decision over his Newport opponent. Lewis secured the win, holding off a last-second run by the Newport wrestler in his first varsity league match ever. Teammate Dex Moetulvi followed suit at 215 pounds, securing a 36-second pin in the first round over his Newport wrestling opponent.
Trevor Moore, the veteran senior wrestler for Mount Si, also pinned his opponent at 275 pounds. Moore recorded a reversal in the first round and a three-point nearfall in the second before getting the pin at the 2:57 mark in the second round.
Kyle Heath wasted no time pinning his Newport opponent at 103 pounds. He quickly took his opponent to the mat and then scored the pin at the 1:26 mark in the first round. Finally, at 112 pounds, freshman Jacob Lund put out a strong effort but was pinned at the 2:12 mark in the second round. The pin still gave Mount Si a commanding 60-15 win.
The Wildcats take on Liberty, at Liberty, Thursday with match time at 7:30 p.m.