WRESTLING: Several district wrestlers win tournament titles Saturday
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
January 17, 2012 · Updated 3:48 PM
The Decatur Gators continued their impressive tournament season by finishing sixth in the prestigious Central Kitsap MatMan Classic in Poulsbo.
The Gators, who have won a pair of tournament titles this year, had a pair of individual champions during the MatMan Classic. Juniors Rowland Gaydosh and Kyle Gleed won their weight classes during the 16-team tournament, which included perennial powers like Tahoma, Enumclaw, Orting, Graham-Kapowsin, Mount Spokane and South Kitsap, among others. Tahoma won the tournament with 228 points.
Gaydosh took home the title in the 170-pound bracket and Gleed won the 285-pound crown.
Gaydosh rolled through his bracket with a pair of first-round pins during his two preliminary matches. Gaydosh pinned Orting's Josh Crosby in just 36 seconds and needed just 1:34 to pin Shelton's Colby Barber in the semifinals. He then downed Tahoma's Garret Autrey in the 170-pound championship match, 6-4.
Gleed had an even easier time than his teammate. The Decatur junior tallied three-straight pins to win the 285-pound bracket. Gleed pinned Graham-Kapowsin's Alex Boynton in 1:56 and South Kitsap's Austin Kanouse in 3:03. Gleed then needed just 1:06 to pin Central Kitsap's Kyle Lanoue in the championship.
Decatur junior Nick Karis finished second at 160 pounds after losing to Enumclaw's Ryan Anderson in the championship.
Beamer — The Titans' Ares Carpio took home outstanding wrestler Saturday and helped Beamer finish in third place in the 15-team tournament. Carpio, who won a state championship as a sophomore in 2010, won the 132-pound championship with four-straight wins.
Carpio pinned JD Gallegos in the opening round and followed with a pin of Ellensburg's Jason Cole in the quarterfinals. Carpio then beat Eisenhower's Marco Gonzales in the semifinals, 12-4, to earn a berth in the title match, where he beat East Valley's Lagan Merkle, 15-0.
Beamer got second-place finishes from Tre Uson at 120 pounds and Deshar House at 138.
Jefferson — Raider senior K.W. Williams continued his strong season with a weight class championship at the Auburn Mountainview Tournament of Champions Saturday.
Williams won the 195-pound title with three-straight decisions. Williams beat Wilson's Even McMahon, 18-3, Gig Harbor's Phillip Olson, 19-3, and downed Wilson's Jake Ferris in the 195-pound championship, 14-7.
Jefferson's Jake Polsak gave the Raiders a pair of champions with a win at 152 pounds. Polsak beat Skyline's Ian Crouch, 8-7, in an exciting championship. He earned the berth in the title match with wins over Kamiak's Michael McDonnell, Peninsula's Jake Ricco and Auburn Mountainview's Erik English.
Jefferson finished seventh in the team standings at the 16-team tournament. Skyline won the team title.
Federal Way — Eagle senior Jessy Leifi won the 285-pound title at the Jack Reynolds Invitational Saturday with three-straight pins. Leifi beat Eastside Catholic's Alex Nealle, Yelm's Cody Anderson and Shorecrest's Ian Bolstad in the championship.
Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at email@example.com or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.