Category Archives: Wrestling

Matchups set for Olympic Duals tournament

The Kitsap Sun Pavilion hosts the Olympic Duals wrestling tournament on Saturday. The 16-team competition begins at 9:30 a.m. The final of four rounds is schedule to conclude around 5:30 p.m.
Olympic, the host team, faces W.F. West in the first round. Central Kitsap takes on Graham-Kapowsin, while South Kitsap matches up with Enumclaw. Other teams in the tournament are Yelm, Auburn-Riverside, Curtis, Wenatchee, Union, A.C. Davis, Kelso, Peninsula, Hudson’s Bay and Auburn.

CK wrestling coach discusses Foxcatcher movie

Central Kitsap wrestling coach Mike Harter said he doesn’t know if he’s going to see the movie Foxcatcher when it’s released in the Seattle area on Dec. 19. For Harter, the story might hit too close to home.
Foxcatcher, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo and is receiving critical acclaim, is the story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz and paranoid-schizophrenic coach John du Pont, who ends up murdering Schultz’s older brother Dave in 1996.
Harter said he talked to Dave Schultz two weeks before he was killed and actually competed against Mark Schulz.
“My first college match was against Mark,” Harter said. “Mark was a senior (at Oklahoma) when I was a freshman at Iowa State. How about that for your first college match?”
Harter, who finished out his college career at Oregon, said he’s not sure if Hollywood’s version of what happened can measure up to real life.
“It’s getting good reviews,” Harter said. “You do wonder how much dramatic license do they take.”

New weight classes for girls wrestling

Every now and again, weight classes in high school wrestling change. Add a pound here, subtract a couple here. In 2011-12, the weight classes in boys wrestling were altered. Now it’s the girls’ turn.

Not only are the weight classes different, there are now 14 weight classes for girls, up from 12 a season ago. Here’s a look:

Old weight classes: 100, 106, 112, 118, 124, 130, 137, 145, 155, 170, 190, 235 (12)
New weight classes: 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 155, 170, 190, 235 (14)

Bremerton unveiling girls wrestling team

In 2012, Kingston became the first West Sound school to have a girls wrestling team.

It looks like Bremerton will have a girls team this season. The school’s website has former Klahowya bowling coach Loree Hippe listed as a girls wrestling coach. Wayne Gizzi is the school’s new boys coach.

Bremerton has two wrestling schedules on its website, one for boys and one for girls. On certain dates, the boys and girls teams will be at the same location. But there are girls-only events, such as the Judi Emery Tournament at Foss High School on Dec. 13 and the Lakes and Lipstick Invite on Jan. 24.

Wrestler Velarde now competing at Boise State

Former North Kitsap wrestler Jake Velarde, a four-time state champion with the Vikings, is competing at Boise State University after transferring from Old Dominion.

Velarde, a 2013 North Kitsap graduate, spent one season at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, compiling a 11-12 record as a freshman. Velarde said after the season, he asked Old Dominion coach Steve Martin for his release, which was granted.

In addition to Old Dominion being “too far away” from his home in Hansville, Velarde said he wasn’t exactly a fit with Martin’s coaching style.

Velarde will compete at 141 pounds for Boise State.

Wrestling: Lean season on the horizon?

Doing some research for the Kitsap Sun’s upcoming high school wrestling preview, I discovered that there are 12 returning state placers on our local teams. If that number seems low, it’s because it is. Truth be told, there aren’t a ton of accomplished wrestlers to be found heading into the 2014-15 season.

The last time the area had ZERO returning state champions was back in 2007. South Kitsap Brent Chriswell and Josiah Kipperberg won individual state titles in 2006 — and they were both seniors. In 2007, the only area wrestler to make the finals was Olympic’s Kevin Siperek, and he lost in the heavyweight title match at 3A.

The titles arrived in bunches beginning in 2008. In the past seven years, Kitsap wrestlers brought home 25 state titles. The peak year was 2011; it produced eight titles.

Could 2015 be another 2007? It’s possible. Looking at who’s coming back, I don’t know if I see more than one or two serious title contenders. The best might be Kingston junior Peyton Reece, the sister of Bobby Reece, a 2014 grad who won four state titles with the Buccaneers. Peyton Reece took second in the girls tournament at 118 pounds last season and should be in the mix again. She’s the only returning wrestler to make the finals last year.

Olympic and Port Angeles have some talented kids, but most of them took seventh or eighth a year ago. Are they ready to make the jump?

Here is a list of the returning state placers to keep an eye on in the early going:

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Kingston hires new head coach for wrestling

Kingston High School has hired Britton Johnson as its new wrestling coach. Johnson is a former assistant coach at Bainbridge.
Wayne Gizzi, a former head coach at Klahowya, coached Kingston last season before accepting the head coach position at Bremerton this summer.
Former Kingston assistant wrestling coach Tim Larson is the new coach at North Kitsap. He replaces Joey Amick.
Klahowya’s vacant wrestling position is still open.
Other vacant head coaching positions around the area include South Kitsap girls soccer, Port Angeles boys basketball, Port Townsend boys soccer and Klahowya bowling.