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WRESTLING: Decatur wins another tournament title; FW takes Barry Knott
The Decatur Gators continued their impressive early season by winning the prestigious, 34-team HammerHead Invitational at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion in Silverdale.
The win at the HammerHead comes just a week after the talented Gators won the 16-team Hurricane Harris Invitational in Federal Way.
Junior Rowland Gaydosh was the lone Gator to bring home an individual title in the 170-pound division from the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. But Decatur did use its depth to win the team title.
Gaydosh, a state tournament veteran, breezed through the bracket with three-straight pins to advance into the semifinals. The 170-pounder then beat Emerald Ridge's Cayle Williams, 16-5, to reach the title match against Eastmont's Darin Hardgrove. After wrestling to a 4-4 tie after three rounds, Gaydosh earned the first point in overtime to win 5-4.
The Gators also got a second-place finish from junior Nick Karis at 160 pounds. Karis, also a state vet, was pinned by Mercer Island's Blake Johnson in the championship. Karis earned the title shot by squeaking by Gig Harbor's Ben Small in the semifinals, 5-4.
Junior Kyle Gleed earned a third-place medal at 285 pounds after losing to eventual champion Kyle Lanoue in the semifinals. Gleed, a state vet, pinned Graham-Kapowsin's Alex Boynton in the third-fourth match.
Decatur's only other placer at the HammerHead was senior Nick Lindholm at 126 pounds. Lindholm ended up fourth after winning five out of six matches.
Thomas Jefferson senior K.W. Williams remained unbeaten on the season by winning the 195-pound title at the HammerHead. Williams, who lost in the 189-pound state title match last year, cruised to four-straight wins Saturday, including a 7-0 win over Olympic's Caleb O'Halek in the championship.
The Eagles also picked up a tournament title Saturday when they won the nine-team Barry Knott Invitational at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Federal Way tallied 196 points, 30 ahead of second-place Liberty.
The Eagles got individual titles from Anthony Pena (113 pounds), Daniel Song (120) and Jessy Leifi (285).
Federal Way's Trenton Shaflik (106), Luiz Alberto Bravo (126) and Khalil Weston all lost in championship matches.
The Titan girls finished in eighth place at the Rogers Holiday Tournament Saturday thanks to an individual title from Arian Carpio. The freshman won the 112-pound bracket with a pin of Yelm's Courtney Gray in the title match.