Skyline Spartans crowned wrestling champs

February 5, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

Not only are the Skyline High School Spartans the KingCo 4A champions but seven of their wrestlers are individual district champions as well.

At the KingCo 4A Championships Feb. 2, the Spartans won with 229 team points. Issaquah came in second with 209 points.

“Having eight in the finals and seven champs was something certainly very, very special,” Skyline coach Gus Kiss said.

He added, though, that he was most impressed by the Spartans’ tournament record in which the boys won 35 of their 40 matches with 23 pins.

“That’s a testament to our kids and their fortitude. They pervaded,” he said.

Going into the championship round, Issaquah was leading the tournament by 15 team points. That quickly changed.

At 106 pounds, Nate Swanson, of Skyline, pinned Newport’s David Yingling in 3 minutes and 53 seconds. In the 113 match, Skyline’s Justin Manipis won by a 6-3 decision over Torre Eaton, of Issaquah. At 120, Issaquah’s Mitchell Barker took second place after losing 2-0 to Jacob Sands, of Roosevelt. At 126, Joseph Dematteo, of Skyline, beat Issaquah’s Louden Ivey by a 8-3 decision.

At 132, Tristan Steciw won it for the Spartans with a 7-3 decision over Woodinville’s Zack Garcia. At 138, Skyline’s Joey Gurke won his match against Dalton Mann, of Woodinville, with a 9-3 decision. In the 145 contest, Skyline’s Bo Longmore took second place after losing a 12-6 decision to Gabe Seward, of Inglemoor. At 152, Brandon Davidson, of Bothell, beat Issaquah’s Jerdon Helgeson, 12-7.

At 160, Michael Mecham, of Skyline, pinned Eastlake’s Ryan Wasserman in 1:45. At 220, Sean McAlhaney, of Skyline, pinned Issaquah’s Matt Solusod in 3:44. In the 285-pound match, Taylor Shimoji, of Newport, pinned Jonathan Norris, of Issaquah, in 3:37.

In the end, Skyline qualified 10 wrestlers and one alternate for the regional tournament this weekend at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash. Issaquah qualified eight wrestlers and two alternates.

Liberty also competed last weekend at the KingCo/Seamount 3A Subregional Wrestling Championships, where the team finished in eighth place with 81 points. Connor Small, of Liberty, was named the 152-pound champion after pinning Juanita’s Pierce Belleman 32 seconds into the first period. Overall, Liberty qualified four wrestlers and three alternates for the next round of regional competition.

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