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Some BHS bright spots at Klassic
SILVERDALE Going through a tough season isnt easy. Going through it in the toughest individual sport in high school athletics is even harder.
But Bremerton, still dealing with youth and inexperience, has continued to make strides on the mat. Those advancements were evident last Saturday when the Knights, despite placing last at the Klahowya Klassic, put four members of the squad on the podium.
Highlighting the days efforts was senior Daniel Sawyers, who easily tore through the 130-pound division to win the weight.
Were doing good, Sawyers said of the young Knights team. I wish we were better for my senior year. But when I see my team losing, I get upset and get working.
Sawyers didnt waste any time in laying waste to his opponents, pinning Castle Rocks Kody Lindeman in just 36 seconds. After topping Woodlands Kevin Robertson in 2 minutes, 58 seconds, he easily won the title by pinning Anthony Wolfe, the tourneys top seed at the weight form North Beach, in just 18 seconds.
Castle Rock won the eight-team tournament with 240.5 points while host Klahowya was second with 116.5 Bremerton finished eighth with 46.5 points.
We only brought five kids, BHS coach Jeff Barton said. So we had a lot of good success today. The only unfortunate match was Billy (Richardson)s at 103.
Richardson, one of Bremertons top wrestlers this season, received a first-round bye before dominating Meadowdales Tony Wood, 15-0. That set up a final between Richardson and Parker Williamson, of Castle Rock. Williamson, the No. 1 seed, and Richardson battled back and forth, with Richardson, who had injured his arm the week before, building a small lead early. Williamson came back to tie it up at 7-7 however, forcing an overtime period that would see Williamson win on a take shortly after the extra frame began.
But Billys match was a great experience, Barton said. He just didnt quite do one thing at the end of the third.
Richardson would take second at the weight, joined on the podium by fellow 103er Jordan Hernandez-Jones, who finished in third with a strong win over Wood. Wood, who was larger than the 93-pound Hernandez-Jones, built a steady lead before Hernandez-Jones caught him off guard in the third round, taking the pin at 4:39.
Thats one thing about Jordan, Barton said. Hes only 93 pounds, but hes a scrappy 93 pounds. That kid outweighed him and outwrestled him. But he hung in and caught him at the right moment.
His brother, Michael Hernandez-Jones, also placed at 145, finishing fourth after falling to Karl Neumann of Klahowya 9-4 in the consolation final.
Overall, Barton said the tournament was another great experience for a team that needs it.
Theyre getting better, Barton said. Were making some strides, but were still pretty young. We have a handful of kids that can get on to regionals.
Weve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.