Eagles wrestlers wrap up rally against Roughriders

January 22, 2013

By John Leggett

Jerdon Helgeson (top), Issaquah High School senior, is about to have the referee call his pin in the first period of the 152-pound match Jan. 17 against Roosevelt sophomore Taka Olds. By Greg Farrar

Jerdon Helgeson (top), Issaquah High School senior, is about to have the referee call his pin in the first period of the 152-pound match Jan. 17 against Roosevelt sophomore Taka Olds. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School wrestling squad raised its overall mark to 6-1, when it hosted Roosevelt at the Eagle’s Nest Jan. 17 and knocked the Roughriders out of their saddles with a 39-31 comeback victory.

Eagle grapplers won in seven of the 14 weight classes, a half-dozen of which were by pins.

Heading into the match between the 126-pounders, Roosevelt, which racked up the majority of its points with decisions, major decisions and forfeits, trailed by a score of 36-32.

Junior 126-pounder Louden Ivey pulled through with an 8-3 decision as the Eagles were able to keep Roosevelt at bay, accruing their sixth league conquest of the campaign.

Issaquah could be on its way to a consecutive KingCo 4A title, if it can win Jan. 24, when Redmond and Garfield come to town. The match will begin earlier than usual to accommodate the out-of-towners.

When the match with Roosevelt began at 132 pounds, Issaquah fell behind 8-0 as Roosevelt’s Jacob Sands logged a 15-5 major decision over Issaquah’s Ricardo Martinez and IHS’ Seth Hartman lost a considerably closer 6-3 decision to Tom Skoog at 138 pounds.

Then, Issaquah 145-pounder Colby Starren pinned his challenger in 1 minute and 37 seconds. Eagle veteran 152-pounder Gerdon Helgeson needed just one more second than that to pin his foe, and just like that, Issaquah jumped out to a 12-8 upper hand.

At 160 and 170, though, the Roughriders broke away again as Issaquah’s Parker Hamilton succumbed to his foe with a narrow 10-8 decision and Roosevelt’s Jordan Frost pinned Issaquah’s Chance Gunte a little over a minute into the first round of that bout, putting Roosevelt out front, 17-12.

Up next

Redmond and Garfield

  • 6 p.m. Jan. 24
  • Issaquah High School
  • 700 Second Ave. S.E.

Then, after Issaquah’s 180-pound contender Dallas Starren pinned Matt Cook, 50 seconds into the second round, Roosevelt’s 195-pounder registered a win by forfeit. Issaquah’s bruising 220-pounder Matt Solusod pinned his foe at the 2:26 point of that bout and after Issaquah’s senior 285-pounder Jonathan Norris flattened his opponent’s aspirations by taking a mere 36 ticks to pin him, the Eagles were soaring once more as RHS had fallen behind, 30-23.

The Roughriders then posted a 10-6 decision at 106 pounds. After Issaquah’s 113-pounder Torre Eaton made short work of Roosevelt’s Max Kriesberg, pinning him just 38 seconds into that skirmish, Roosevelt answered with only its second pin of the evening and the outcome was still in doubt at 36-32 Issaquah. However, Ivey rose to the occasion to come through with a hard-earned 8-3 decision to ultimately seal Roosevelt’s fate.

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