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
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.
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
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
“It’s getting good reviews,” Harter said. “You do wonder how much
dramatic license do they take.”
The Washington Wrestling Report has published its first set of
rankings. See where West Sound wrestlers make their debut.
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’
Not only are the weight classes different, there are now 14
weight classes for girls, up from 12 a season ago. Here’s a
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)
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
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.
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
Velarde will compete at 141 pounds for Boise State.
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
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
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
Here is a list of the returning state placers to keep an eye on
in the early going:
Kingston High School has hired Britton Johnson as its new
wrestling coach. Johnson is a former assistant coach at
Wayne Gizzi, a former head coach at Klahowya, coached Kingston last
season before accepting the head coach position at Bremerton this
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.
The Klahowya wrestling team will be participating in the
21st United Way Annual Day of Caring on Friday June
27th. The team will be working on a service project at The Children
of the Nations campus in Silverdale. The event is spearheaded by
senior Eli Everson.
For more information, contact Everson firstname.lastname@example.org
North Kitsap hired former Kingston assistant Tim Larson as its
new wrestling coach. He’s also an assistant football coach for the