Wrestling: Latimer takes first, Ditlefsen second at tournaments

Sequim’s wrestling team seems to be on winning streak of sorts defeating North Kitsap 48-33 in Poulsbo on Jan. 8.

Sequim Gazette staff

Sequim’s wrestling team seems to be on winning streak of sorts defeating North Kitsap 48-33 in Poulsbo on Jan. 8.

The Wolves split on Jan. 10 for the Bainbridge Island Invite and the Kelso girl’s tournament.

The Lady Wolves finished finished 12th at 74.5 points, one more than host Kelso, but behind first-place finishers Warden at 142 points.

Senior Kaylee Ditlefsen took second behind Desiree Zavala of Grandview in the 140-pound bracket. She opened with pins of Hanna Welch of Port Townsend, Hanna Eakins of Washougal and Ashley Martinez of Warden before losing to Zavala by major decision 15-0.

Alma Mendoza placed sixth at 125 pounds. She started with consecutive wins with a pin, 19-3 win and 6-4 win before losing to first-place finisher Jordyn Bartelson of Puyallup. In the consolation she lost to Charity Jesionowski of Port Townsend 10-2 and Nikki Velazquez of Othello 3-1.

Kiara Pierson (115) went 3-2 recording two opening pins before losing 7-3 to second-place finisher Sierra Joner of Battleground. Pierson recorded a pin in consolation but lost to fifth-place finisher Kayla Hoy of Lincoln. Sequim’s other top competitor was Sophia Cornell (110) who went 2-2 with two pins in the consolation.

On Bainbridge Island, Sequim’s boys took eighth out of 13 teams with a 103.5 score. Marysville Getchell took first with 151 points.

Michael Latimer represented the Wolves at 220 for a first-place finish with a 13-4 win over Troy Woodruff of Marysville Getchell, 11-1 win over Maric Taylor of Klahowya and 37 second pin over Connor Lundberg of North Mason.

Kevyn Ward (152) placed third with three wins. He lost his opening match to Gabe Wallis of Klahowya. By pin in 56 seconds but Ward came back to win three straight — a tech fall, 8-2 win and in a rematch by pinning Wallis in 26 seconds.

Several wrestlers also placed in smaller sized brackets.

Jamie Schroepfer (106) and Ben Newell (113) both took third, while Grant Pierson (138), Glenn Uy (160) and Steven Rash (170) finished seventh.

This week, Sequim participated in a double-dual meet in Port Angeles with Port Townsend and travels to Bremerton on Thursday, Jan. 15, and to Fife’s Rick Sales Memorial Invite on Jan. 17.