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Knights gain experience quick

Danny Dindlebeck tries to escape the grasp of Auburn Riverside’s Paul Burris, whom Dindlebeck beat 17-9. Below, Knights Ralph Stembridge works on breaking AR’s Doug Frerichs’ hold, but Stembridge would fall via pin. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Danny Dindlebeck tries to escape the grasp of Auburn Riverside’s Paul Burris, whom Dindlebeck beat 17-9. Below, Knights Ralph Stembridge works on breaking AR’s Doug Frerichs’ hold, but Stembridge would fall via pin.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

SILVERDALE — It’s hard to win a dual match in wrestling if a team can only field eight of 14 weights. It’s even tougher to do when wrestling four duals back-to-back.

The Bremerton Knights found that out last Saturday at the Olympic Dream Duals Tournament at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The Knights, with a large supply of youth but a small amount of experience, finished in eighth place at the tournament, falling to Auburn Riverside 62-10, Bethel 46-23, Klahowya 60-18 and Graham-Kapowsin 51-23.

“It wasn’t much fun for us,” Knights coach Jeff Barton said. “It was a long day for us.”

With six forfeits in each dual, the Knights handed opponents more points than they were able to score in any of the duals.

“We were giving away 36 points a match,” Barton said. “So we didn’t think we’d win, but I thought we’d do a little better job on the mat.”

That doesn’t mean the Knights were without bright spots.

Last year’s state alternate at 103 pounds, Billy Richardson, wrestled well in the two matches he didn’t win by forfeit. Richardson, who has moved into more of a leadership role on a young team, despite

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