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Wolves split with Knights, Trojans

Their team colors are purple and gold, but they might as well be all green.

Sequim's wrestling lineup consists of five sophomores, two freshmen and three upper-classmen - two of whom are first-year grapplers.

Still, the Wolves made a strong showing last week, splitting a double-dual league match against Bremerton and Olympic on Dec. 16 and finishing fifth in the 11-team Cardinal Classic at Franklin Pierce on Dec. 19.

At Saturday's tourney, Sequim entered a dozen wrestlers and 10 of them placed in the top six.

"It was pretty wide open," Sequim coach Len Borchers said about the Cardinal Classic. "It was a good tournament for us."

Sequim sophomore Cody Field went 2-1 and finished second in the 135-pound weight class, earning two pins. An injured elbow doomed the young grappler in the finals.

Three Wolves earned third-place finishes. Derek Fruin went 3-1 in the 119-pound weight class, getting three pins. His lone loss came to the bracket champion. Mustang Riggins went 3-1 at 140 pounds while Dakota Hinton went 4-1 at 152 pounds.

Coming in fourth in their respective weight brackets were Austin Middleton (125 pounds) and Clay Charlie (215).

Freshman Kenny Griffith finished fifth at 112 pounds after splitting four matches, as did Mike Bereiter at 160 pounds. Heavyweight Brian Bearden won a match and finished fifth.

Tommy Sund went 1-3 and finished sixth at 185 pounds.

Three days previous,

Sequim (2-1) picked off winless Bremerton 40-36 but fell to Olympic, 58-18.

Sequim won each match between the 145 and 215-pound weight classes, as Henning and Bereiter each earned pins. Six matches were decided by forfeit.

Against Olympic, Zach Sisco pinned Trojan Curtis Reeve in 34 seconds while Sund earned his pin of Paul Farr in less than a minute. Charley got a third-round pin for Sequim's third win. Olympic proved to be a tough match-up, as the Trojans got seven pins in the victory.

Borchers said Sequim heavyweight Thomas Gallagher, a state placer in 2008-2009, is close to making weight. He hopes to have the wrestler back when the Wolves get back on the mats at the North Mason Classic on Dec. 30.

Following that, Sequim has a busy schedule, wrestling at Port Angeles Jan. 6 and at Port Townsend Jan. 7 before hosting the Rainshadow Tournament Jan. 8-9.

"(That tourney) a good cross-section; we get good 2A and 3A teams," Borchers said. "People come because it's tough. The kids get exposure to making weight two days in a row. That's what happens at regional and state."



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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