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Wrestling roundup: North Kitsap captures sub-regional team title

North Kitsap's Wyatt Trogden wrestles North Mason's Blake Evans during their 126-pound bout for the Olympic League 2A sub-regional championships at Bremerton High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.
North Kitsap's Wyatt Trogden wrestles North Mason's Blake Evans during their 126-pound bout for the Olympic League 2A sub-regional championships at Bremerton High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

North Kitsap boys wrestling coach Robert Gomez isn't sure if the Vikings have ever won a sub-regional wrestling title. They certainly hadn't done so during Gomez's tenure with the team — until Saturday.

Behind the strength of six individual champions and unmatched depth, North Kitsap dominated the field at the Olympic League 2A sub-regional championships at Bremerton High School. The Vikings scored 366 points, securing top spot in the team standings prior to the start of Saturday's title matches. Olympic placed second with 206 points, followed by North Mason (188.5), Bremerton (166), Port Angeles (163), Sequim (115) and Kingston (42).

Fifteen Vikings finished in the top four in their respective weight classes to earn a trip to next week's regional tournament, scheduled for Feb. 11 at North Mason.

"We've never had this consistent of a team," said Gomez, who's been with North Kitsap's program for eight seasons, including six as head coach.

Champions for the Vikings included sophomore Wyatt Trogden (126 pounds), freshman Wyatt Sloman (132), sophomore Jaxon Johnson (138), senior Jake Poggie (160), sophomore Zakaria Hammou (195) and senior Sofian Hammou (220).

Olympic, North Mason and Bremerton each boasted a pair of title-winners. For the Trojans, freshman Xion Home prevailed at 113 pounds and sophomore Kevin Hudson won at 285; for the Bulldogs, junior Pedro Salvador (145) and senior Jake Mathews (152) reached the top of the podium; senior Thor Michaelson (170) and junior Lars Michaelson (182) secured titles for the host Knights.

North Mason's Pedro Salvador, top, puts a hold on Port Angeles's Ethan Abrams during their 145-pound bout for the Olympic League 2A sub-regional championships at Bremerton High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.
North Mason's Pedro Salvador, top, puts a hold on Port Angeles's Ethan Abrams during their 145-pound bout for the Olympic League 2A sub-regional championships at Bremerton High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

Runners-up included North Kitsap's Dayton Heymann (138), Morgan Paul (170) and Ben Gomez (182), Olympic's Mason Manglona (120) and Miles Brown (160), North Mason's Blake Evans (126), Sean Ferber (132) and Ethan Fore (220), Bremerton's Brennan Galloway (152), and Kingston's Jefferson Hernandez (195) and Gavin Garner (285).

South Kitsap, Central Kitsap boys crown champions

As a team, South Kitsap totaled 286 points to place second in the standings behind champion Sumner (309.5) at the South Puget Sound League 4A boys tournament at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Individually, no team had more champions than the Wolves. Placing first were freshman Brennen Williams (113), junior Stone Hartford (132), senior Mitchell Neiner (138), sophomore Gabriel Fragoso (170) and senior Phillip Chobot (182).

At the South Sound Conference 3A sub-regional boys tournament at Capital High School in Olympia, Central Kitsap placed fourth as a team. Senior Quinn Lawrence captured a title at 132 pounds, while Nate Cronin (106), Carter Chadwick (132), Chris Cartagena (152) placed second.

Bainbridge, Klahowya boys take down titles

Bainbridge's boys grabbed a pair of individual titles at the North Puget Sound League 3A sub-regional tournament at Kent Meridian High School, where the Spartans took seventh as a team. Sophomore Garrett Goade (170) and senior Wyatt Goade (220) were champions, while Wyatt Chabot placed second.

Klahowya finished second at the Nisqually League 1A tournament at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma. Champions for the Eagles were freshman Carson Wintch (113), junior Deacon Wintch (120), senior Kano Clare (138), senior Logan Wallis (160) and sophomore Maryon Stewart (220). Runners-up were Reece Decourval (132) and Logan Weaver (152).

Eight girls reach top of the podium

Eight girls representing six different West Sound schools claimed individual sub-regional titles at various venues around the state.

Champions were Central Kitsap junior Daytona Stoner (110), South Kitsap freshman Larissa Barfknecht (115), junior Rosemary Brooks (120) and senior Monica Kaiser (145), Olympic senior Ali Templeton (120), Bainbridge senior Alexandra Morrison (130), North Mason sophomore Sadie Evans (155) and Bremerton Yzanah Smith (190).

Runners-up were South Kitsap's Tayla Abundis (110) and Central Kitsap's Chloe Marcotte (115).

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