Category Archives: Wrestling

Wrestling: Gut Check Challenge coming to town

The Kitsap Sun Pavilion will host its third major high school wrestling tournament this season as the Gut Check Challenge comes to town.

The tournament features a Thursday freestyle competition (6 p.m.) between the Japanese Cultural Exchange team, a high school all-star team from British Columbia and two U.S. all-star teams. The U.S. teams will be represented by entrants into the two-day tournament, which is Friday (starting at noon) and Saturday (starting at 10 a.m.). The championship round is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. There will be over 50 teams in attendance, including Olympic, Central Kitsap, Port Angeles and Bremerton, which is serving as the host team for the event.

There are also college duals scheduled for Friday (9 a.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m.) between Washington, Washington State, Central Washington, Grays Harbor Community College and Warner Pacific (Ore.).

Entry fee (daily) is $10 for adults, $8 for students with ASB card, $6 for senior citizens.

This is the third year for the Gut Check Challenge, which was held at Olympia High School two years ago and Evergreen State University last year. The tournament is sponsored by the Washington State Wrestling Foundation. WSWF director Phil Pine said the foundation’s goal is to promote and raise money for college wrestling in the state. There are only two athletic department-funded college programs in the state (Grays Harbor CC and Highline College) plus five college club teams (Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, Washington and Washington State).

In December, the Kitsap Sun Pavilion hosted the Olympic Duals and HammerHead Invitational tournaments.

Klahowya wrestlers earn Bash at the Beach title

Klahowya wrestling came away with the team title from last weekend’s Bash at the Beach in Ocean Shores. The Eagles held on to beat second-place Aberdeen and third-place Montesano.

Individual champions included Gabe Wallis at 170 pounds and Benji Hamilton at 195. Both pinned all of their opponents.

Other placers include Hayden Steele (second, 106), Dallin Stafford (second, 113), Dylan Lear (second, 220), Mason Clark (third, 120), Brycen Trask (third, 132), Gavin Hamblet (third, 152), Brian Spillman (fourth, 113), Austin Stahl (fourth, 145), Dallas McKinney (fifth, 145), Aidan Hamblet (fifth, 126) and Chris Greene (fifth, 285).

South Kitsap third, Olympic fifth at Pac Coast

Led by Brandon Forster’s win at 138 pounds, South Kitsap took third at the elite Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Vancouver.
Forster beat Michael Abeyta of McMinnville, Oregon, in the finals 6-4.
Union of Vancouver won the team title with 173 points. SK had 163. Olympic was fifth at 133.
Sebastian Robles took third at 132 pounds for SK.
Olympic’s Geordyn Shinard was second at 195 pounds. He lost to Spencer Shultz of Edmonds-Woodway 3-2.
Central Kitsap’s Calvin Fischer was second for the second consecutive year. He was pinned in the 170-pound by Trey Meyer of East Valley of Spokane. He was second at 160 pounds last year.
You can see complete results here.

HammerHead Invitational: Five locals win titles

Eight local wrestlers reached the finals and five took home titles at the HammerHead Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion.

On the boys’ side, South Kitsap’s Sebastian Robles (132 pounds), Central Kitsap’s Calvin Fischer (170) and North Mason’s Nico Ramirez (285) won titles. South Kitsap’s Deion Anderson (120) and Brandon Forster (138) and Bremerton’s Cameron Dubos (152) finished second.

On the girls’ side, Kingston’s Alex More (120) and South Kitsap’s Mikayla Ramirez placed first.

South Kitsap placed third as a team on the boys’ side. Olympic was fifth.

The tournament results can be found at Track Wrestling. Scroll through the tournaments to find the HammerHead Invitational.

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


Mat Classic: Day 2 of action

Another Mat Classic is over. Like I predicted earlier in the year, West Sound would produce a single champion. It went to Kingston’s Peyton Reece in the girls tournament.

Lots of good underclassmen wrestlers are coming back next year, so this could be a preview of things to come. Below is a list of how the teams fared and the kids from West Sound who placed Saturday.

Here is a link to the WIAA website for the entire brackets.

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Mat Classic start times and local qualifiers

Where: Tacoma Dome
Friday: Doors open to public (8:45 a.m.); First session of wrestling (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Second session (3:30-9:30 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.

West Sound qualifiers
Class 4A
South Kitsap: 106—Ashton Schessler (30-12), Leroy Portillo (24-8). 113—Deion Anderson (33-4). 120—Sebastian Robles (32-7). 132—Brandon Forster (18-5). 145—Lucas Pervinich (31-9). 152—Jaxon Moffett (28-14). 285—Marshaud DeWalt (27-6).

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Mat Classic: State tournament brackets

Here are the brackets for the state wrestling tournament. Mat Classic begins Friday morning at the Tacoma Dome.

Below is a schedule for the two-day event.

Friday, February 20



3:30pm & 4:00pm-9:30pm

Doors Open for Athletes/Coaches (Lower Gate F) Officials Meeting in Weigh-in Area
Hair/Nail Check Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F)
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A”, “C” and Weigh-in Area (Lower Gate F)
Late Registration (Tournament Head Tables)
Weigh-in Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F) –
Expected Completion – 8:30am
Girls Weigh-ins in Locker Room C –
Expected Completion of – 8:30am
Timers and Relief Worker Training on 2A Mats
Doors Open to Public
Scorers and Timers Meetings (Meet at Each Tournament Mat Area)
1A, 2A, Girls Tournaments
3A, 4A, 1B/2B Tournaments
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A” and “C” until 9:30pm
Dome Closes to All

Saturday, February 21




Doors Open for Athletes/Coaches (Lower Gate F)
Unofficial Scales Available in Locker Room “A”, “C” and Weigh-in Area (Lower Gate F)
Weigh-in Begins in Dome (Lower Gate F) –
Expected Completion – 8:15am
Girls Weigh-ins in Locker Room C –
Expected Completion – 8:15am
Doors Open to Public
Presentation of WIAA Team Academic Awards and State Coaches Awards
THIRD SESSION (Includes all Placing Matches for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th)
Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Athletes
Team Awards
Dome Closes to All