Fresh off his first-place finish at the Pac-12 wrestling
tournament, South Kitsap graduate Brent Chriswell is preparing for
next week’s NCAA championships in St. Louis. Here are the brackets for the
tournament, which begins Thursday.
Athree-time Pac-12 champion and junior at Boise State, Chriswell
is up against Oklahoma State’s Cayle Byers — the No. 5 seed at 197
pounds — in the first round.
Chriswell has been to nationals twice before. He didn’t place in
his freshman season at Arizona State, then took sixth in his
sophomore campaign at Boise State.
I asked Chriswell, a two-time state champion at South Kitsap, if
he gets nervous for big-time events like these. After all, going to
nationals is like a kid from Washington going to the Tacoma Dome in
high school. He said nerves aren’t part of the equation for him
“For me, that awe has been long gone,” he said. “It’s just