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Wolves win 2 at ‘the Axe’
Sequim’s Mustang Riggins, left, tries to get an arm hold against Kingston’s Chazz Zachoroff at last week’s Battle For the Axe tourney in Port Angeles. Riggins won by pin in the second round. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell
Test them early for dividends later on.
Sequim grapplers are getting plenty of experience early in the 2010-2011 campaign, aiming for wins in the postseason. The Wolves won two of four matches last week in Port Angeles at The Battle For the Axe tournament.
Sequim finished fifth out of eight teams, behind host champion Port Angeles, La Center, Shelton and Kingston.
“We started really strong,” said Sequim coach Len Borchers, after his Wolves, the defending Battle For the Axe champions, racked up nine consecutive pins against Central Kitsap in a 72-11 win. “That was good to see.”
At right, Sequim’s Chris Falkey gets lifted up by Kingston’s Derrick White in a 189-pound weight class match-up last week at the Battle For the Axe tournament in Port Angeles. Falkey won 7-5, scoring his final two points in the final 10 seconds. Falkey was 4-0 for the tournament.
Sequim dropped a 46-26 decision in round two against Olympic League rival Kingston.“We were pretty competitive (against the Buccaneers),” Borchers said.
Sequim and Kingston battle each other in Kingston on Jan. 5.
“If we can flip about three of those matches,” Borchers said, “we’ll be dead even.”
After a humbling 53-21 loss to 1A powerhouse La Center that saw the Wildcats pick up seven pins in seven consecutive matches between weights 130 and 171, Sequim topped a junior varsity “dream team” 57-12 to take fifth place.
Sequim newcomer Chris Falkey, a 189-pounder, was the lone Wolf to get wins in all four matches.
“He pulled out a couple (of matches) in the end,” Borchers said. “He’s kind of unpredictable, kind of unorthodox. Sometimes he gets away with it. He’s got great balance and great flexibility.”
Borchers said he was impressed with the way some of his younger wrestlers battled, such as 135-pounder Derek Fruin, 103-pounder Royhon Agostine and first-time varsity grappler Nick Kovach at 112 pounds.
At right, Dakota Hinton goes for — and gets — a pin against Kingston’s Brian Mason in the 171-pound weight class. Despite the individual win, Sequim dropped a 46-26 decision to their league rival. Sequim.
Sequim 171-pounder Dakota Hinton went 3-1, losing only to ranked Ryan Kulla of La Center. Also earning 3-1 records were Mustang Riggins at 140 pounds and Clay Charley at 285 pounds.Port Angeles’ Roughriders took the Battle For the Axe title, earning a tiebreaker win against La Center in the final round. The teams were tied at 36 after their 14 matches and Port Angeles won after it accumulated more total number of falls, defaults, forfeits and disqualifications (5-4).
At 189 pounds, Port Angeles’ Nathan Cristion was named Outstanding Wrestler for pool No. 1 while Chris Mayolo of La Center (152 pounds) was named Outstanding Wrestler for pool No. 2.
The Wolves are in Belfair on Dec. 29 for the North Mason Classic tournament. The host Bulldogs are ranked No. 5 in the state 2A classification by washingtonwrestlingreport.com.
The Wolves are at Kingston on Jan. 5 before hosting their annual Rainshadow Tournament Jan. 7-8.
Reach Michael Dashiell at email@example.com.