Skyline High School wrestlers win Sammamish Plateau faceoff
December 11, 2012
By Lillian O'Rorke
In a match Dec. 6 where there were just as many pins as decision wins and even more forfeits, the Skyline High School Spartans beat the Eastlake Wolves, 40-30.
“We brought some intensity. Eastlake stepped up,” Skyline coach Gus Kiss said. “Our kids still had to step up and we did.”
The Spartans gave up 24 points in forfeits at 170, 180 and the top two heavyweights, but received one forfeit at 106.
Skyline racked up three pins, all within the first period of the match. In the 113 weight class, Nathan Swanson won in 1 minute, 32 seconds. At 120, Kody Nguyen pinned his opponent in 31 seconds.
As the night’s event started at the 132-pound weight class, Justin Manipis, at 126, was the final Spartan to grapple. Skyline was leading 34-30 but a major decision, technical fall or pin by Eastlake could change that.
“I knew I needed to go out there and secure a win,” Manipis said. “So, I just went out there and wrestled. I didn’t really think about it. Everything flowed and everything fell into place.”
Manipis pinned his opponent in 1:02.
Skyline secured several other wins that night, including a major decision against Eastlake when Joseph Gurke won 11-2 in the 145 match. At 132, Joseph DeMatteo finished 7-2, and Cyrus Sarkosh beat his guy 7-4 in the 195 match. In the 138 contest, a three-point near fall secured the 10-8 win for Tristan Steciw.
During the 160 match, both Skyline’s Michael Mecham and Eastlake’s Ryan Wasserman fought to keep the other guy from scoring even one point. With a takedown each, the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the three periods. Ten seconds into overtime, Mecham won with a takedown. After the ref raised Mecham’s arm in victory, the two wrestlers hugged.
“He’s one of my close friends,” Mecham said.
The two have known each other since middle school, and Mecham explained that he dropped down from 170 to 160 that week just to spar against his friend.
“I just wanted to do that for us as a friendship, and I thought it was a lot of fun,” he said. “It would have been fun either way, if I lost or won. I just enjoyed the whole thing.”