Decatur grad Bressler comes home with his Oregon State wrestling team

By CASEY OLSON, The Mirror

Decatur graduate Kyle Bressler and the Oregon State University wrestling team are coming to Auburn. The Beavers are hosting Simon Fraser University from Canada at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Vision Quest Sports and Fitness in the Auburn SuperMall.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. The Oregon State coaching staff will put on a free one-hour clinic at 5 p.m.

The clinic is free with the purchase of a ticket.

Bressler finished his wrestling career at Decatur with a 117-6 career record with 70 pins. He won two state championships at 189 pounds and was 40-0 as a senior with 26 pins.

He is now a junior at Oregon State and wrestled last year at 184 pounds.

He finished the season 19-13 with four pins and wrestled at the NCAA Championships, where he finished 0-2. He finished third at the Pac-10 Championships with a 3-1 record.

Bressler is majoring in construction engineering management and chose Oregon State “to wrestle for a great program and get a good education.”

Bressler has been on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team each of the last two years.

• Federal Way High School graduate Mandy Ploskonka was named second-team, All-GNAC after playing midfield for the Montana State University-Billings women’s soccer team.

Ploskonka, a junior, started all 20 games, scoring seven goals and dishing out one assist. She will enter her senior season ranked in the top 10 in school history for both points and goals.

• Pacific Waves Synchronized Swimming is currently enrolling for their introduction to synchro classes. The classes are offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at the Kenneth Jones Pool in Federal Way.

The cost is $60 per swimmer and they must be able to swim one length of the pool and be comfortable under water. All participants receive a free swim cap and nose plug.

Members of Pacific Waves Synchronized Swimming range from the beginner-novice level, to the national-competition level. Many have competed at the regional and national levels, where they have consistently placed in the top-ten in the country for their routines.

For more information and to register, contact LeeAnn at (253) 476-1172.

• Decatur High School is hosting a Cheerleading Basketball Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium on Nov. 17 for kindergarten through eighth-graders. The camp will include learning Gator chants, cheers, stunts, short cheer dance and the possibility of cheering at a high school game. The cost is $25 per child and each kid must bring a sack lunch. Payment must be received by Nov. 9. For more information, call 945-5239.

• Emily Victor and Andrew Hawkins were named local champions of the 2007 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge and have earned the right to compete at the district level. St. Theresa’s Council #7908 sponsored the local competition at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. All youngsters ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Victor won the 13-year-old girls division and Hawkins was the champion of the 10-year-old boys division. Each of these winners competed in the ditrict competition late last month.

• Federal Way resident Rod Janson carded the second hole-in-one of his golfing career on Oct. 12 at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima. Janson aced the par-3, 13th hole. He used a nine iron on the 125-yard hole. He was playing a practice round for Apple Tree’s Fall 2-man Best Ball Tournament.

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