NK mat masters take hard hit

Viking Rex Olson at 152 found himself in a trouble spot against North Mason’s Mitchell Fortner who won the match with a pin.  - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Viking Rex Olson at 152 found himself in a trouble spot against North Mason’s Mitchell Fortner who won the match with a pin.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

POULSBO — A tough season-opener for North Kitsap wrestling didn’t discourage the Vikings brand new wrestling coach.

In a double dual against North Mason and Klahowya, the NM Bulldogs took six pins and one forfeit away from the Vikes to win 60-18. The Vikes won four matches, two by pin and two by decision. Klahowya defeated North 47-25, with six pins and one technical fall. The Vikes tallied two pins and two decisions, and one forfeit for its 25 points.

“Our goal is at the end of the year and not the first match,” Amick said after the dual against North Mason. “Our goals are to improve as a team and a state tournament for some of the matches.”

Amick inherited a young team, as nearly half of the 30 wrestlers are freshman or underclassmen. On Thursday some of their inexperience showed, as the Bulldogs nabbed nearly every take down and the Vikes had difficulty with hand placements on the mats and maintaining a steady stance.

Amick said the team has a willingness to learn, which will be a strength as the season progresses. On Thursday night, he saw glimmers of the techniques he’s drilled into the wrestlers during practice. Amick commended Rex Olson at 152 and Justin Swansboro at 160 for their technique efforts.

“They were trying things we worked on in practice,” Amick said before sharing the real highlight of the matches. “They didn’t quit. We were breaking bad habits. We’re working on it and we’ll get there.”

A few of the Vikes gave a good display for the smattering of fans who filled North’s gym.

Swansboro was victorious in both his matches, pinning North Mason’s Joseph Costello with 28 seconds left in the first period, and narrowly defeating Klahowya’s N. Salo with an 11-10 decision.

Donny Stamaris at 130 handed the Vikings 12 points on Thursday as he pinned both his opponents; Bulldog Bryan McCarty with 10 seconds left in the third period and Klahowya’s Vernon Vesques in a minute 10 seconds.

Michael Coulter at 140 sure is scrappy and he definitely doesn’t let up. In his match against North Mason’s Jon Knapp, Coulter was at a deficit for almost the entire six minutes.

Knapp nabbed the early take down for two, but Coulter gradually fought his way back with a few take downs of his own and held Knapp in a near fall to even the score 7-7.

With 13 seconds left in the match Coulter dove in for a final take down and two additional points giving him the victory, 9-7.

Unfortunately, Coulter faced a greater challenge in Klahowya’s A. Jenson, who pinned the Vike in 3:20.

Today the Vikings compete at the Kingston Kickoff Invitational. Matches start at 10 a.m. in the Kingston High gym.

NK v NM: 145, Michael Herold loss by pin; 152 Rex Olson, loss by pin; 160 Justin Swansboro, win by pin; 171 Daniel Jewett, win by decision 10-7; 189 Allan Dunlap, loss by pin; 215 Jared House, loss by pin; 112 Jake Sievers, loss by pin; 119 Kevin Doyle, loss by pin; 125 Riley MacDonald, loss by pin; 130 Donny Stamaris, win by pin; 135 Bryson Breakey, loss by pin and 140 Michael Coulter, win by decision 9-7.

NK v Klahowya: Olson, loss by pin; Swansboro, win by decision 11-10; Jewett, loss by technical fall 20-5; Dunlap, loss by pin; House, loss by pin; Sievers, win by decision 12-2; Doyle, loss by pin; MacDonald, win by forfeit; Stamaris, win by pin; Breakey, win by pin; Coulter, loss by pin; and Herold, loss by pin.

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