Middleweights leading the way for the Patriots
January 25, 2011
By Sebastian Moraga
Despite a tough loss at Mount Si High School and a fourth-place finish at a tournament in Lacey, Liberty High School wrestling coach Manny Brown remains optimistic.
Not only are standout middleweights Jay Chakravarty and Hamilton Noel having good seasons, but better days might lie ahead, too.
The varsity alone has six freshmen.
So, although the team may struggle a bit, the future looks bright, and not just in varsity.
“We got some good kids on the feeder schools, and we are looking forward to having some good kids in the next couple of years,” he said.
The genetics are already there.
The middle schoolers include Noel’s brother and the brother of middleweight Shane Small. Chakravarty’s brother is already on varsity at 103 pounds.
Until then, Brown will ride his middleweight workhorses to regionals and beyond.
That group includes Small, who went the distance with Chakravarty in the 160-pound finals at the Liberty Invitational earlier this month.
At Mount Si on Jan. 20, Chakravarty dominated A.J. Brevick, winning 11-3. Noel pinned Max Kenagy in the second round.
Chakravarty and Noel accounted for two of the Patriots’ three nonforfeit victories against Mount Si, which won the meet 54-22. Small did not wrestle.
At 112 pounds, Liberty’s Austin Sivret pinned William Beach in the first round. Nate Sjoholm won by forfeit at 125 pounds.
The performance at Mount Si did not represent the quality of his team, Brown said.
“We had a lot of kids out because of finals week,” he said. “If you don’t practice, you don’t wrestle and they missed practice because of finals week. They’re called student-athletes because they’re students first. You have got to understand that.”
With a full squad, the Patriots might still have come up a bit short, given the team’s youth, he said, but it would have been a closer final score.
“This is wrestling. You can never predict how it’s going to go,” he said.
On Jan. 22, the team traveled to Lacey’s River Ridge High School finishing fourth out of eight squads.
Again, the middleweights starred.
“Hamilton finished first. Jay took second,” Brown said. “He lost to the same kid he lost to last year.”
The wrestler in question is Mitch Homeyer, of University Place’s Curtis High School. Brown said Chakravarty has to find a way to get past Homeyer.
Bête noires aside, the tourney served its purpose, Brown said.
“It was a good tournament for us,” he said. “We went down there to try and get some matches before the end of the year.”
Nobody knows how far they will go this year, but two of the big trio of middleweights have already made the Mat Classic in 2010.
Hamilton finished second in state last year at 145 pounds, while Chakravarty finished eighth at 160, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s website.
“They’re both doing really well,” Brown said. “Most of the tourneys they’ve gone into, they’ve both done well. They really take control when they get on the mat.”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.