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Medeiros lone Wolves’ wrestler still vying for state title

February 15th, 2013 at Fri, 15th, 2013 at 10:41 pm by chrischancellor

TACOMA — South Kitsap senior Damien Medeiros was the school’s only wrestler to win both of his matches Friday at Mat Classic XXV at Tacoma Dome. He is scheduled to face Kentlake’s Tyler Deskins at 11:20 a.m. Saturday in the Class 4A 285-pound semifinals.

Medeiros won 1-0 in the first round against Puyallup’s Trent Nivala and then pinned Issaquah’s Jonathan Norris in 2:38 minutes in the quarterfinals. South coach Chad Nass said the score against Nivala did not reflect how well Medeiros competed.

“He really controlled the whole match,” he said.

The opposite could describe the consolation round girls match that again pitted teammates Caleenda Johnson and Amberlee Brasch against each other at 130 for a third consecutive week in the postseason. Johnson won at sub-regionals, while Brasch was victorious at regionals. This time, it was Johnson who needed seven rounds before she earned an escape point that led to a 2-1 win.

“We practice with each other every day, so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Johnson said. “She chose the top [to start the round] because I usually can’t get out of it. This time I did.”

Johnson said she was determined to win because she is a senior. Despite that, she said it was difficult to knock her teammate out of state. Brasch, a junior, became the first female in school history to place at state last year when she finished fifth. The two practice against each other and are friends.

“I feel happy and devastated at the same time,” Johnson said.

On the boys side, Adam Gascoyne (152), Bryce Broome (170) and Michael Beard (182) remain active in the consolation round.

Gascoyne won his first match, 4-2, against Auburn’s Josh Tate, but lost 7-4 versus Evergreen’s Tekwon Wallace in the quarterfinals. He is scheduled to face Yelm’s Brandon Rochester at 8:28 a.m. Saturday.

Broome also won his first match, 2-1, against Lewis & Clark’s Anthony Thomas, but suffered a 10-0 setback versus Evergreen’s Anthony Thomas in the quarterfinals. He is scheduled to face Kamiak’s Tyler Webley at 8:44 a.m. Saturday.

Beard lost in the opening round when he was pinned by Union’s Cody Gromes in 5:46, but advanced to the second day of the event when he pinned Spanaway Lake’s Zack Bickford in 37 seconds. He is scheduled to face Tahoma’s Austin Perry at 8:44 a.m. Saturday.

Senior Ben de Lacy also advanced to state at 145, but was pinned by Chiawana’s Clayton Smith in 2:31 and then lost an 11-5 decision against Kentlake’s Josh Becker to be eliminated.

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