SILVERDALE — He does not let much phase him.
Before his championship match in the 285-pound weight class during Saturday’s 36th Matman Classic at Central Kitsap, South Kitsap senior Damien Medeiros was sleeping rather than stressing about his opponent, Lake Stevens’ Brandon Johnson.
While Medeiros did not win, he took the favored Johnson, who was last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, into overtime before losing a 6-4 decision with 15 seconds remaining.
Medeiros trailed 4-3 before he earned an escape point with five seconds remaining to force overtime.
“I looked up and there was like 10 seconds left,” Medeiros said. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to go.’ ”
Despite surprising others by forcing overtime, Medeiros said he was not satisfied with the result and hopes for a state championship rematch Feb. 16 at Mat Classic XXV at Tacoma Dome. He also hopes to be healthier by that point.
Medeiros, who was battling an illness and inflammation in his right knee, took a nap after beating North Kitsap’s Brenden Best in the semifinals. He figured that was the best way to recharge before the title match.
“I definitely wasn’t 100 percent,” Medeiros said. “In wrestling, you pretty much never are.”
South coach Chad Nass said while Medeiros can continue to improve, he was pleased with his performance.
“He’s actually doing a really good job riding,” Nass said. “He’s just got to get a little more offensive — a little more confidence with his offensive stuff.”
Medeiros was the only wrestler from Kitsap County to advance to the finals. It marked the second consecutive year no locals won a title at Matman. Even North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde, a three-time state champion, did not advance past the semifinals at 145.
Bryce Broome and Sam Skinner for the Wolves, CK’s Josh Criollos, NK’s Josh Tucker and Olympic’s Zeke Gaeta also fell in the semifinals.
The Wolves, who host the South Kitsap Invitational on Saturday, were the top local team at Matman. They finished seventh with 64 points. CK was 12th, while Olympic was 13th in the 16-team bracket. Lake Stevens won the event with 186 points, edging Tahoma by just one-half of a point.
Team scores-Lake Stevens 186, Tahoma 185.5, Enumclaw 155.5, Graham-Kapowsin 128, Orting 127, Mt. Spokane 98.5, South Kitsap 64, Rogers 61.5, Bethel 57, Shelton 56, A.C. Davis 54, Central Kitsap 40, Olympic 39, Auburn Riverside 37, North Kitsap 27, Lake Washington 5.
106-AJ Crew (Lake Stevens) p. Kamari Quinney (Bethel) 3:25. 113-Fred Green (Orting) md. Spencer Schroeder (Graham-Kapowsin) 10-2. 120-Juan Lopez (A.C. Davis) d. Jake Douglas (Lake Stevens) 7-5. 126-Tim Whitehead (Tahoma) d. Jerad Paul (Enumclaw) 6-4. 132-Cruz Velasquez (Tahoma) d. Jakeob Garrick (Shelton) 4-2. 138-Adam Romano (Graham-Kapowsin) won by injury default over (Corde Ferreira (Graham-Kapowsin). 145-Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) d. Ian Steen (Graham-Kapowsin) 8-4. 152-Beau Gore (Orting) d. Justin Mitchell (Enumclaw) 8-4. 160-Ryan Anderson (Enumclaw) p. Chris Mcelroy (Tahoma) 5:25. 170-Cody Vigoren (Lake Stevens) won by injury default over Falani Gill (Enumclaw). 182-Garrett Autrey (Tahoma) p. Kelyn Wallin (Enumclaw) 2:29. 195-Joe Gomez (Graham-Kapowsin) d. Wyley Stewart (Enumclaw) 5-0. 220-Matt Hopkins (Tahoma) p. Matt Lockey (Rogers) 1:55. 285-Brandon Johnson (Lake Stevens) d. Damien Medeiros (South Kitsap) 6-4.