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Wolf pack advances to regionals
After a long prep wrestling regular season, life begins anew.
Despite posting one league dual-meet victory this campaign, the Wolves will be busy in February after six boys and two girls earned top-four placings at their respective subdistrict tourneys last week, highlighted by Dakota Hinton’s championship at 170 pounds in Port Angeles Saturday.
Hinton, now 30-5 on the season, demolished his three opponents with first-round pins in two minutes and 40 seconds combined, including an 18-second pin of Olympic’s Albert Lawver in the finals.
He’ll take a No. 1 seed into regionals as his a pack of Wolves heads to Olympic High School in Silverdale on Feb. 11. The top four grapplers there earn berths to state.
Taking second place at the Port Angeles subdistrict tourney was Luke Mooney at 138 pounds and Sequim co-captain Clay Charley at 285.
Mooney earned a spot in the finals with a 5-4, triple overtime win against Benny McMullen of Kingston, then fell to two-time state champ Jake Velarde in the 138 finals. Mooney is now 25-11 for the 2011-12 season.
Charley, who shares the team captaincy with Hinton, posted a 1-0 win against rival Michael Myer of Port Angeles in the semis, then fell to Kingston’s Walker Larson 3-2 in a triple overtime heavyweight final.
Charley improved his season record to 28-8.
A trio of Wolves earned third seeds, including Austin Leach at 170 pounds. After dropping a 2-1 decision to Port Angeles’ Nick Lasorsa in the quarterfinals, Leach rebounded with a pair of wins to secure a regional berth, then edged Lasorsa 8-6 for the No. 3 seed. He now boasts a 27-11 season mark.
At 106 pounds, Agostine needed a 7-6, overtime victory against friendly rival Matt Zink in the consolation semifinal for his regional berth. Up 6-4 late in the match, an exhausted Agostine gave up a reversal to Zink that forced the extra period.
“He’s like my best friend; it’s hard to wrestle each other,” Agostine said.
Agostine fought off a pair of Zink’s shoots, then nimbly swung around to earn a takedown and the sudden-death victory.
“I was kind of afraid — I was pretty sure he was going to get a takedown,” Agostine said. “He’s beaten a lot of kids who have beaten me.”
Agostine improved to 23-14 on the campaign after pinning North Mason’s Kyler Hockaday for the third seed.
Taking an improbable No. 3 seed is Chris Goettling, who in the consolation semis trailed Port Angeles’ Roberto Coronel by three points and fought off a near fall to pin the Roughrider in the third and final period. He went on to edge North Mason’s Tommy Marsh 4-3 to take the 220-pound weight class third seed.
Goettling went 4-1 at the tourney, improving his season mark to 5-3.
Sequim’s Jacob Cooper was one match from qualifying for regionals but came up short against Port Angeles’ Myers in the consolation semis. He rebounded nicely with a pin in the fifth/sixth place match and will be a regional alternate with a season record of 14-13.
The Wolves placed sixth out of seven teams at subdistricts; Port Angeles topped Kingston for the tourney title.
Sequim takes on top grapplers from the South Puget Sound League in Silverdale next weekend, with only four from each weight bracket advancing to MatClassic, Washington state’s prep wrestling finals, in Tacoma on Feb. 17-18.
Sequim’s girls are sending three to regionals and another as an alternate after strong finishes at subdistricts at White River High School in Buckley last weekend.
Kaylee Ditlefsen and Emily Halverson advanced while Sophia Cornell is an alternate to their regional tourney, hosted at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup next weekend.
Ditlefsen earned three pins in as many matches to take first place in the 124-pound weight class while Halverson lost just one match in her 118-pound weight class to take third.
Wolves break through
In their final home meet of 2012, Sequim notched its first Olympic League victory with a 41-36 decision over North Kitsap, ranked No. 11 in class 2A by washingtonwrestlingreport.com.
Winners for Sequim included Mooney at 138 pounds, Goettling at 220 and Charley at 285.
Scoring pins for Sequim were Hinton at 170 pounds and Leach at 182 pounds.
Reach Michael Dashiell at email@example.com.