WRESTLING: Decatur wins Hurricane Harris Invitational for second year in a row

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Decatur High School's 145-pounder, Christian Aragon, battles with Jefferson's Dylan Pleasants during the Gators' 77-0 dual meet win over the Raiders Wednesday. Aragon won the match, 5-2.
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The Decatur wrestling team already has a pair of tournament titles under its belt during the early part of the season. The Gators dominated their own 18-team tournament Saturday, winning the Hurricane Harris Invitational at Decatur.

The Gators also added an impressive 77-0 shutout of Jefferson Tuesday night in a non-league dual meet and a 57-16 win over Bonney Lake Wednesday.

Against TJ, the Gators combined for seven pins, one technical fall and two decision wins over the Raiders. Decatur also received four forfeits.

Rowland Gaydosh had the quickest pin of the night in just 18 seconds at 195 pounds. Trysten Dawson added a 24-second pin at 113 and Maxwell Henry needed only 32 seconds at 160 pounds.

The Gators got pins from Austin Thomas (106), Dawson (113), Leviticus Arizpe (120), AJ Sarno (152), Karis (170), Justin Robinson (220) and Gleed (285) against Bonney Lake in the SPSL 3A meet.

At the Hurricane Harris Invitational, the Gators blew away the competition, garnering 228 points and five championships Saturday. Second-place Sumner finished with just 125 points and Selah was third with 118.5.

Decatur won a total of five individual championships and the team title is the second in a row at the Hurricane Harris Invitational. The tournament is named after Robert “Hurricane” Harris, who drowned in Lake Tapps in September of 2011. Harris was a standout wrestler for the Gators.

Leviticus Arizpe shut out Sumner’s Travis Filleau to win the 120-pound championship, 6-0, Isaiah Diggs beat Decatur teammate Dennis Good to win the 138-pound title, 3-1, Nick Karis won at 182 pounds over Decatur teammate Spencer Smith, 14-7, Rowland Gaydosh beat Wilson’s Jake Ferris to win at 195, 3-2, and heavyweight Kyle Gleed beat Kentlake’s Tyler Deskins, 3-0.

Not only did the Decatur varsity team win the championship Saturday, but the Gator junior varsity finished eighth with 102 points, ahead of nine other varsity teams.

“I have never had such a tough bunch of freshmen and sophomores enter my program,” said head coach Mike Bressler. “These kids just want to win and love to battle.”


The Titans ended up second at the prestigious, 23-team Battle at the Border 2012 tournament in Blaine. Kentwood won the tournament with 234 points and Beamer finished with 225.

The Titans also snared three individual weight championships from Brett Dykman, Ishaiah Bell and Mitchell Owens.

Dykman won the 113-pound title after beating Black Hills' Mason Adams in the championship, 7-0. Belle also beat a Black Hills wrestler at 132 pounds, 11-3, and Owens downed Kentwood's Jamiel Jackson at 152, 10-8.

In total, the Titans won 52 matches during the tournament, including 18 by pin, and lost only 21. Beamer had a total of eight placers.

The Titans' other placers were Brian Dykman (third at 120), Carlos Castro (fourth at 120), Jordan Rhodes (third at 113), Malik Messiah (second at 106) and Haftom Tafere (fifth at 132).

Federal Way

The Eagles finished third at the 15-team George Wilfong Classic at Puyallup High School Saturday. Puyallup won the tournament with 222.5 points and Olympia was second (138). Federal Way finished with 136.5 points.

The Eagles got championships from Alex Davidson at 106 pounds and Brandon Henderson at 113.

Davidson pinned Olympia's Trevor Shaw in the championship in 2:42 and Henderson pinned Bellarmine Prep's Andrew Turner in just 1:24. Daniel Song finished second at 120 pounds.

In earlier SPSL action:

Kentridge 49, Jefferson 25 (Wednesday)

106 — Derek Freitag, K, won by forfeit. 113 — Kenny Hobbs, K, pinned Jeff Bird, 3:30. 120 — Tanner Zeiler, K, pinned Robert Garcia, 2:52. 126 — Jonathon Dickerson, K, won by inj. def. over Anthony Martinez. 132 — Isaiah Shores, K, dec. Matt Roybal, 10-0. 138 — Erick Medel, K, dec. Alex Murray, 11-8. 145 — Dylan Pleasants, TJ, pinned Phoenix Copp, 3:22. 152 — Arthur Sargent, K, pinned Heng Yon, 1:33. 160 — Jesse Covey, K, pinned Jeremy Pierce, 3:09. 170 — Jake Polsak, TJ, dec. Thomas Glass, 9-6. 182 — Justin Madden, TJ, dec. Igor Pisarev, 14-6. 195 — JD Black, TJ, won by forfeit. 220 — JT Meier, K, pinned Julius McDade, 1:32. 285 — Jacob Apodoca, TJ, pinned Heamasi Vi, 1:30.

Federal Way 41, Spanaway Lake 38 (Wednesday)

106 — Alex Davidson, F, pinned Darin Gorash. 113 — Angel Coria, S, pinned Brandon Henderson. 120 — Daniel Song, F, pinned Brandon Grady. 126 — Trenton Shaflik, F, pinned Justin Sanchez. 132 — Brian Short, S, pinned Luiz Alberto-Bravo. 138 — Anthony Tran, F, won by DQ Martin Champaco. 145 — Giavonee Rowe, F, pinned Savon Lanin. 152 — Donte Mack, S, dec. Ben Koler, 18-13. 160 — Tracy Mitchell, S, pinned Malachi McNeal. 170 — Khalil Weston, F, pinned Josh Bonds. 182 — Zach Bickford, S, pinned Trevyon Meadows. 195 — Raul Veliz, S, pinned Andrzej Hughes. 220 — Brandon Champaco, S, pinned Koby Craig. 285 — Steven Crawford, F, pinned Joshua Tapasa.

Beamer 66, Curtis 21 (Thursday)

106 — Joshua Moran, B, won by forfeit. 113 — Malik Messiah, B, won by forfeit. 120 — Brett Dykman, B, won by forfeit. 126 — Brian Dykman, B, pinned Shane Ladd, 1:45. 132 — Carlos Castro, B, won by forfeit. 138 — Haftom Tafere, B, pinned Gabe Feferan, 1:33. 145 — Isaiah Belle, B, pinned Kaden Wilkens, 1:59. 152 — Blake Hansen, B, pinned Declin Coklin, 5:03. 160 — Mitchell Owens, B, pinned Thomas Nehm, 0:59. 170 — Alex Wilkens, C, dec. Cole Hoefel, 12-6. 182 — Spencer Nehm, C, pinned Gabe Majarro, 1:09. 195 — Daniel Tanielu, B, won by forfeit. 220 — Double forfeit. 285 — Forest Vig, C, won by forfeit.

Decatur 39, Peninsula 34 (Thursday)

106: Silva (D) won by forfeit; 113: Polk (P) p. Pickens, 3:54; 120: Arizpe (D) p. Endsley, 4:30; 126: Dasher (D) p. Hanschew, 1:24; 132: Foreman (P) d. Lucero, 8-4 2OT; 138: Diggs (D) d. Villey, 3-1; 145: Nimrick (P) d. Good, 14-5; 152: Rico (P) p. Garza, 2:27; 160: Larson (P) p. Brandt, :42; 170: Holsinger (P) d. Henry, 7-6; 182: Karis (D) won by forfeit; 195: Gaydosh (D) won by forfeit; 220: Stolz (P) p. Masaala, 1:05; 285: Greed (D) p. Starks, :23.

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