Spartans rack up wrestling wins

January 10, 2012

By Bob Taylor

Conner Small, Liberty High School freshman, puts the shoulders of Redmond's Bryan Lapierre on the mat for a pin during the Liberty Wrestling Invitational Jan. 7. Small went on to win the 138-pound division. By Greg Farrar

Local high school wrestlers were plenty busy last week with Skyline and Issaquah both competing in league matches and invitational tournaments, and Liberty hosting its annual invitational.

The most active local squad last week was Skyline, which wrestled three KingCo Conference 4A matches in two days, and sent members off to two different tournaments Jan. 7.

Most of Skyline’s team was at the Liberty Invitational, where the Spartans took top honors with 206 points. Liberty, which had two individual champions, was fourth with 126 points.

Skyline had five individual champions at Liberty. Nathan Swanson won the 106-pound division by defeating Jayden Schwope, of Hazen, 9-1. Joseph DeMatteo took the 113-pound title by pinning teammate Kody Nyugen in 1:52.

Ian Crouch captured the 152-pound division with a dramatic 12-10 overtime decision against Highline’s Pat Legate. Crouch reached the finals with pins in first two rounds.

Cyrus Sarkosh took the 182-pound class by pinning Redmond’s Sean Donovan in 52 seconds in the final. Sarkosh reached the final with a tough 7-5 overtime decision against Liberty’s Noel Brandon. The latter placed third in the division.

And Sean McAlhaney won the 195-pound class by pinning Hazen’s Hector Esquivel in 3:30.

Skyline got second places from Tyler Aguirre at 145, Michael Mecham at 160 and Douglas Lawson at 170.

Liberty’s Hamilton Noel, who placed second at last year’s 3A state meet, won the 160-pound division with a 14-5 decision against Mecham. Noel reached the final round after winning his first two matches with pins.

Conner Small, of Liberty, won the 138-pound class with a 7-1 decision against Hazen’s Daniel Karpman. Small won his first match with a pin and defeated Eastlake’s Mark Smith 13-0 in the second round.

Liberty also received third places from Zach Toombs at 126 and Jake Tierney at 170.

Both Skyline and Issaquah competed at the Bonney Lake Classic. Issaquah finished second with 133 points. Eastmont took first place with 154.5 points. Skyline, which sent some wrestlers to the meet, was 16th with 57 points.

Issaquah did not have any individual champions but did have four runners-up. Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138),and Jonathan Norris (285) took second places.

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (120) placed second and teammate Justin Manipis (113) was third.

Issaquah wrestlers win final match to edge Skyline

Issaquah pulled out a dramatic 35-34 victory Jan. 4, when Andrew Ramirez won the 170-pound match as the Eagles defeated host Skyline in KingCo Conference 4A action.

Ramirez scored a major decision by beating Skyline’s Douglas Lawson 10-2.

Issaquah got pins from Spencer Tickman (106), Louden Ivey (120) and Norris (285). Joseph Tonnemaker (145) also won his match with a major decision.

Crouch (152) and Sarkosh (182) had pins for Skyline. Manipis (113) won his match with a major decision.

On Jan. 5, Issaquah overwhelmed Ballard, 70-9. Jordan Hamilton (113), Max Tickman (126), Helgeson (138), Parker Hamilton (170), Matt Solusod (220) and Norris (285) had pins for the Eagles. Ivey (120) and Taylor Evans (152) won their matches with major decisions and Tonnemaker (145) scored a technical fall to win his match.

Skyline takes down two

Skyline took down two KingCo Conference 4A opponents Jan. 5 when the Spartans overwhelmed Garfield, 72-6, and walloped Redmond, 64-9.

In the Garfield match, Skyline got pins from Amrit Puri (106), Manipis (113), Jonathan Jo (120), Tyler White (130), Christian Caldwell (145), Crouch (152), Lawson (170), Sarkosh (182) and McAlhaney (195).

Manipis, Sarkosh and Kyle Nardon (195) had pins for the Spartans against Redmond. Caldwell also recorded a major decision in the Redmond match.

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