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We’ve reached the end of the morning session of wrestling, so here’s how our locals are faring. Out of 52 local wrestles, 28 won their first-round matches.
Three-time state champion Jake Velarde of North Kitsap didn’t have the easiest time with Colville’s Ian Cox in the morning. Velarde won 6-3, which is a lot closer than anyone probably expected considering Cox is a No. 4 seed. Let’s see how Velarde responds in the afternoon against Sumner’s Jeremy Jackson.
At Class 4A, Central Kitsap’s lone wrestler — Warren Sprecher — pinned Tahoma’s Blake Hoyle, a good start. Central Kitsap coach Mike Harter considers the 120-pound class wide open at 4A, so we’ll see if Sprecher can punch his ticket to the semifinals this afternoon against Ramon Ortiz of Evergreen (Vancouver).
South Kitsap’s Adam Gascoyne, Bryce Broome and Damien Medeiros were all winners in the morning, with all three taking close matches. Gascoyne beat Auburn’s Josh Tate 4-2, Broome edged Lewis & Clark’s Dakota Numbers 2-1 and Medeiros beat Puyallup’s Trent Nivala 1-0.
Port Angeles had a nice morning round with seven of 10 wrestlers earning wins. The Roughriders enter the afternoon round second in the Class 2A team standings with 20 points, two behind leader Orting.
At 2A in the heavyweight class, three local kids — PA’s Michael Myers, Olympic’s Umu Timoteo and Kingston’s Mick Kane each won by pin. Kane made it into state as an alternate as North Kitsap’s Brendan Best, who took second at last week’s regional tournament, was forced out because of an injury.
Four of six local girls picked up victories. Central Kitsap’s Alison Johnson, Kingston’s Ivy Rodolf and Sonya Redbird and South Kitsap’s Caeleenda Johnson advance to the quarterfinals.
Just to get everyone caught up, we’re through all the quarterfinal matches and 13 local wrestlers have earned spots in the semifinals: Port Angeles’ Tyler Gale and Kyle LaFritz, Klahowya’s Adam and Brian Burchett, North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde, Olympic’s Avory Acfalle and Zeke Gaeta, Bremerton’s Rusty Hoffman, South Kitsap’s Damien Medeiros and Kingston’s Bobby Reece, Aaron Dickson, Ivy Rodolf and Sonya Redbird.