Category Archives: Wrestling

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.

Wrestling: Gizzi joins Bremerton; Amick leaves NK

Wayne Gizzi hopes he’s found his last head coaching job.
Gizzi, who spent one season coaching Kingston’s wrestling team, is moving over to coach Bremerton. It’s his third coaching job at an Olympic League school. Gizzi coached four seasons at Klahowya before resigning in 2010.
“My goal is not to coach at every team in Kitsap,” joked Gizzi, who also served as a volunteer assistant at Central Kitsap High School after his stint at Klahowya.
Gizzi, who teaches at Olympic High School, lives in Bremerton and previously coached at Mountain View Middle School.
During his one season at Kingston, Gizzi helped the Buccaneers placed 10th in the Class 2A tournament. Senior Bobby Reece win his fourth individual state title. Sophomore Peyton Reece took second and senior Aaron Dickson took third.
“He did a great job for us,” Kingston athletic director Mark Kluth said. “I just hate losing him.”
Gizzi’s move to Bremerton leaves three schools with vacant wrestling jobs: Kingston, Klahowya and North Kitsap.
Former North Kitsap coach Joey Amick said Thursday he chose to resign after six seasons coaching the Vikings. Amick said the North Kitsap School District made some procedural changes during his final season that helped make his decision to resign an easier one.
“(The district) lost two wrestling coaches in the same season,” said Amick, whose father Ed, an assistant coach, is also leaving the program. “That should tell you something.”

State Wrestling: Mat Classic Day 1 updates

(Note: Click here for the most recent bracket updates on the WIAA website.)

10 p.m.: A tough day for local wrestlers is over as only seven of 30 first-round winners won in the quarterfinals and get a chance to go for titles on Saturday. Semifinals start at 10 a.m. Finals start at 5 p.m.

Here are the first day results for local wrestlers:

Class 4A
Team scores (Top 10 and locals)—Lake Stevens 70, Tahoma 55.5, Moses Lake 51.5, Yelm 51, Union 51, Central Valley 44.5, Rogers 39, Mead 38, Lewis & Clark 36, Puyallup 30, South Kitsap 22, Central Kitsap 7
113—Josh Criollos (CK) d. Isaiah Av (Eve) 9-7; pinned by Nick Whitehead (Tah) 3:28; d. Thomas Munoz (Yelm) 5-2. 126—Brandon Forster (SK) d. Brian Dykman (TB) 6-4; pinned by Timmy Martinez (Pas) 5:07; d. Hunter King (Mead) 15-4. 138—Joel Sherman (SK) d. Jahleel Smith (KM) 7-1; lost to Blake Beard (CV) 16-0; lost to Bryce Thomas (Arl) by injury default. 145—Adam Lutovsky (SK) p. Ryley Hallman (Yelm) 3:13; d. Dalton Meyers (Ken) 8-5. 152—Joseph Barnum (SK) lost to Blake Bishop (Chi) 10-7; lost to Everett Bingisser (Wood) 9-5. 195—Tristan Hartmann (SK) d. Talon Edmiston (Cam) 8-2; lost to Andrew Backlund (LC) 6-2; p. Chris Jones (Her) 5:36. 285—Dominick Johnson (CK) lost to Jacob Apodaca (Aub) 10-6; p. Justin Sainsbury (ML) 3:47; lost to Austin Wright (Eve) 7-3.

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Your guide to Mat Classic

Friday: Doors open to public (8:45 a.m.); First session of wrestling (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Second session (4-9:30 p.m.)
Saturday: Doors open to public (8:45 a.m.); Third session, including placing matches (10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.); Championship matches (5 p.m.)
Tickets: One day—$15 adults, $11 seniors/students; Two days—$23 adults, $17 seniors/students.
Brackets: Here.
Website/results: Here.
West Sound qualifiers
Class 4A

Central Kitsap: 113—Josh Criollos (30-8). 285—Dominick Johnson (26-6).
South Kitsap: 126—Brandon Forster (30-9). 138—Joel Sherman (26-8). 145—Adam Lutovsky (29-8). 152—Joseph Barnum (25-10). 195—Tristan Hartmann (30-4).
Class 3A
Bainbridge: 120—Jonathan Gallivan (23-13). 138—Jack Miller (34-5). 145—Liam Topham (18-10). 152—Dylan Read (33-3). 160—Joaquin Gurza (22-12).
Class 2A
Bremerton: 132—Cameron Dubos (29-7). 152—Ben Smith (26-7).
Kingston: 160—Josh Henden (30-7). 170—Bobby Reece (32-1). 182—Aaron Dickson (31-3). 220—Ryan Sigo (19-13). 285—Mick Kane (27-13).
Klahowya: 138—Brian Burchett (31-1). 170—Konner Langholff (29-8). 220—Maric Taylor (21-13).
North Kitsap: 126—Nikitta Weston (27-10). 132—Jon Morgan (25-12). 160—Augie Piehl (28-9).
North Mason: 113—Matt Zink (21-2). 145—Grant Hunter (28-13). 160—Tyler Grewell (29-8). 182—Victor McIntosh (27-12). 195—Chase Davis (31-6). Olympic: 106—Tre Toledo (18-9). 120—Isaiah Rodenhurst (27-9). 132—Adrian Madison (24-5). 145—Logan Madison (25-8). 170—Kyle Segger (17-9). 195—Geordyn Shinard (7-3). 285—Umu Timoteo (25-11).
Port Angeles: 106—Tyler Gale (28-5). 120—Brady Anderson (29-5). 126—Ozzy Swagerty (31-2). 182—Matt Robbins (20-7). 220—Kyle La Fritz (26-4). 285—Roberto Coronel (31-3).
Class 1A
Port Townsend: 113—Shae Shoop (22-6). 152—Matt Cain (28-10). 182—Trevor Garrett (16-8).
Kingston: 118—Peyton Reece (32-4)
Central Kitsap: 100—Alison Johnson (18-3).
Sequim: 106—Sophia Cornell (18-8). 130—Kaylee Ditlefsen (18-11).
South Kitsap: 137—Amberlee Brasch (27-3)

State Wrestling: Feature on four-timer Belleville

Here is a story from Meg Wochnick of The Olympian on River Ridge wrestling coach Jimmy Belleville, who became a four-time state champion in 2009.

I remember seeing his name that season as a potential opponent for Klahowya’s Karl Neumann, who entered state with an undefeated record. Neumann ended up losing before his anticipated meeting with Belleville.

Five wrestlers, including North Kitsap’ Jake Velarde, have become four-times since Belleville pulled off the feat. Kingston’s Bobby Reece is seeking to become the 11th boys wrestler to go four-for-for this weekend.

State Wrestling: Returning state placers

Here is a list of Kitsap wrestlers who placed last year at state and will go for more hardware later this week at Mat Classic.

Class 3A
Dylan Read, Bainbridge (7th)

Class 2A
Tyler Gale, Port Angeles (5th)
Isaiah Rodenhurst, Olympic (8th)
Ozzy Swagerty, Port Angeles (4th)
Brian Burchett, Klahowya (3rd)
Bobby Reece, Kingston (1st)
Tyler Grewell, North Mason (8th)
Aaron Dickson, Kingston (5th)
Kyle La Fritz, Port Angeles (5th)
Roberto Coronel, Port Angeles (7th)
Umu Timoteo, Olympic (8th)

Alison Johnson, Central Kitsap (7th)