Spartans wrestle win from Eastlake

December 21, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Ian Crouch, of Skyline High School (right), has Eastlake’s Zach Levice in trouble throughout their 152-pound bout Dec. 16, eventually earning a pin and helping the Spartans to their 46-25 win. By Christopher Huber

The Skyline High School wrestling team had a successful home debut Dec. 16, when the Spartans defeated rival Eastlake 46-25 in a 4A KingCo Conference match.

The dual match was the first for the Spartans in their new gymnasium.

In one of the closest battles of the night, Eastlake sophomore Sabrina Hanlin gave Joseph DeMatteo, of Skyline, a run for his money in the 103-pound match.

Hanlin, Eastlake’s lone female grappler, made DeMatteo work for the win. DeMatteo went up 2-0 in the first round, but Hanlin managed seven points in the second to DeMatteo’s two. DeMatteo went 4-0 in the third round and held on for the 8-7 win.

Other key wins for Skyline included the 119-pound, 152-pound, 160-pound and 189-pound bouts, in each of which a Spartan pinned a Wolf.

“We’re young, but some kids stepped up pretty well,” Skyline coach Gus Kiss said after the match.

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (119) pinned Eastlake’s Austin Faccone in 1 minute, 51 seconds; Ian Crouch (152) took 4:53 to win, but he went up 15-6 and eventually pinned Eastlake’s Zach Levice. In the 160-pound bout, Jordan McCaslin, of Skyline, pinned Ryan Green in 1:22. Sean McAlhaney, of Skyline (189), pinned Eastlake’s Cameron Coyer in 4:09 after battling back from a 6-5 deficit in the first.

The Wolves, who got off to a competitive start to the season, came out prepared in only some areas after shifting some wrestlers around, coach Keith Johnson said.

“Some guys were ready and some guys were not,” Johnson said. “They (Skyline) were ready.”

Eastlake’s Cole Neves, however, opened the dual meet by pinning Skyline’s Dennis Stamper in 1:46 in the 145-pound bout.

In the 130-pound match, Eastlake standout Max Benjamin handled Skyline standout Collin Ehret in three rounds. Benjamin got out to a 2-0 lead in the first and managed a 10-3 decision to add on a few points for Eastlake. And although Eastlake’s Nick Peterson won his 140-pound bout against Skyline’s Christian Caldwell in an 11-0 major decision, Eastlake fell short on the scoreboard.

“We just gotta have more fight,” Johnson said.

Other scores: Jo Tono, of Skyline, beat Chris Dallas 16-3 in the 112-pound bout; Skyline’s Tyler White (135) beat Eastlake’s Michael Rosado 3-2; Ian Nakatsu, of Skyline, won the 171-pound match by forfeit, as did 285-pounder Larry Liao; Eastlake’s Adam Nakanishi (125) and Brad Leinweber (215) each won by forfeit, too.

Up next for Eastlake and Skyline is the Brian Hill Memorial Wrestling Tournament Dec. 30 at Eastside Catholic School.

Spartans take down Bothell

Cyrus Sarkosh had a pin, and Justin Manipis and Crouch each won matches with major decisions as Skyline defeated Bothell 41-27 Dec. 14 in a 4A KingCo Conference match.

Sarkosh won the 189-pound match by pinning Magnus Leo in 1:02. Manipis, a 125-pounder, defeated Andres Bird, 9-1 and Crouch, a 152-pounder, beat Dustin Rhode, 12-4.

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