Spartan grapplers take second at Brian Hill Memorial

January 5, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School’s Warren Chang battles Eastside Catholic’s Jared Shattenkerk during the 140-pound bout in the first round of the Brian Hill Memorial Wrestling Tournament Dec. 29 at Eastside Catholic High School. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School’s Warren Chang battles Eastside Catholic’s Jared Shattenkerk during the 140-pound bout in the first round of the Brian Hill Memorial Wrestling Tournament Dec. 29 at Eastside Catholic High School. By Christopher Huber

Hundreds of grapplers from 19 schools congregated for a full day of wrestling Dec. 29 in the Eastside Catholic High School gym.

When all was said and done, the Skyline Spartans earned a second-place finish with 141 points, behind Cedarcrest, which racked up 178 points, at the sixth annual Brian Hill Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

Eastside Catholic scored enough (78) for eighth place.

“I think it went really well. The wrestlers did well,” said Eastside Catholic head coach Dennis Reddinger. “Obviously, we want more champions out there, but we’re happy with the performance that kids showed us.”

Among the day’s top achievements were Anthony DeMatteo’s first-place finish in the 215-pound weight class. He pinned Cedarcrest’s Evan Schreurs in 2 minutes, 39 seconds and also won the tournament’s outstanding wrestler award for the upper weights (145-289).

“He’s just been very dominant,” Skyline coach Gus Kiss said.

Eastside Catholic’s Ian Smith won the 135-pound championship when he pinned Kentridge’s Vince Motolla in two minutes. In addition, he earned the outstanding wrestler distinction for the lower weights (102-140), Reddinger said.Reddinger said Smith was determined to win last week after losing an important match earlier in the season. Smith came back to win the Monroe tournament at 135 in late December and carried the momentum to the Brian Hill Tournament.

“He turned around and took first in this tournament,” Reddinger said.

In the 103-pound class, Skyline’s Justin Manipis fell to Cedarcrest’s Curtis Chittenden in the final 7-2. Collin Ehret lost 6-4 to Chief Sealth’s Brandon Rosario in the 125-pound final. Ehret got to the final by beating Bishop Blanchet’s Jesse Marek by technical fall 19-2 in the first round, O’Dea’s Gage Anderson 8-6 in the second and Cedarcrest’s Gibson Lisk 5-4 in the third.

“It felt like a good first match. A little scrambly … but a win’s a win,” Ehret said after the first-round bout. “I’m feeling a lot more confident. I’m finally down to the weight I’m looking at.”

Ben Reh, of Skyline, took second at 140 after being pinned by Dalton Webb, of Cedarcrest, in 39 seconds. Eastside Catholic’s Drew Beggs tied for third with Juanita’s Slater Davis.

At the 145-pound weight class, senior Jake Cowin placed third after he pinned Kennedy’s Peter Guthrie in 1:45 in the fourth round. Cowin, who broke his neck last season, pinned his way through the first two rounds, before losing his third-round bout to eventual tournament champion Cody Paxman, of Cedarcrest.

“Jake was disappointed that he lost that match that sent him down to consolation,” Reddinger said. “They always have an expectation to win. He really wants to make it all out.”

Skyline’s Danny Christianson took the 160-pound championship when he beat O’Dea’s Gino Clement 11-7. Christianson lost to Clement a few weeks ago at the Shelton tournament, so they considered the win progress, Kiss said.

“Danny learned from his losses,” Kiss said. “I’m pleased that Danny was able to beat the kid from O’Dea.”

Eastside Catholic’s Mario Salazar (189 pounds) tied for third with Blanchet’s Peter Johnson. Salazar earned the top-three spot after beating Evergreen’s Maile Toufa 5-3 in the fourth round.

As DeMatteo won the 215-pound final, Crusader Joe Stout took third in the weight class.

Kiss and Reddinger said the tournament was an important way for wrestlers to stay fresh during the winter break.

“I think its good. It gives them something during their break to look forward to,” Reddinger said.

Skyline’s second-place finish also gives the grapplers some momentum and confidence heading into bouts against Redmond and Issaquah.

“It’s going to start getting tough right off the bat at the beginning of the year,” Kiss said.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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