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Four South Kitsap wrestlers win state openers

February 15th, 2013 at Fri, 15th, 2013 at 3:10 pm by chrischancellor

TACOMA — Not much in the way of surprises during Friday’s opening round of Mat Classic XXV for South Kitsap as it played out pretty similar to last week’s regionals at Snohomish High School. Seniors Adam Gascoyne (152 pounds), Bryce Broome (170) and Damien Medeiros (285) all won in the first round. None of the wins were a surprise as each competed for a regional championship.

On the girls side, senior Caleenda Johnson (137) also won her first match when she pinned Ilwaco’s Raven Rogers in 3:45 minutes. In the same weight class, South junior Amberlee Brasch, who defeated Johnson last week to win the regional title, was pinned in 2:48 by Kelso’s Mariah Horton. Both compete again tonight with Johnson moving to the semifinals, while Brasch looks to place for the second consecutive year through the consolation bracket.

Gascoyne, who also captured a regional title, won a 4-2 decision against Auburn’s Josh Tate. Broome and Medeiros, both of whom placed second at regionals, had narrow wins. Broome won a 2-1 decision against Lewis & Clark’s Dakota Numbers, while Medeiros defeated Puyallup’s Trent Nivala 1-0. All three wrestle again during tonight’s quarterfinals.

The Wolves’ setback came at 145, where senior Ben de Lacy was pinned in 2:31 by Chiawana’s Clayton Smith and 182 when Michael Beard was pinned in 5:46 by Union’s Cody Gromes. Both are scheduled to compete during tonight’s consolation round.

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