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Raiders take down Eagles
"Despite multiple arguments and discussions between coaches, score keepers and the referee, Jefferson finally beat Federal Way 44-23 in the first South Puget Sound League match in three weeks. We're ragged, Jefferson coach Terry Botnen said. The lay-off slowed us down. We're at the bottom, we gotta go up.Both teams faced the challenge of getting back on the mat after the extended break caused by an outbreak of the herpes virus in some South Puget Sound League teams. I think our conditioning could improve a little, Federal Way senior Travis Torkelson said. We need to put in more off hours, outside of practice.Some wrestlers gained weight during the time away from the mat. Federal Way's John Wahlke, who started the season wrestling at 119 pounds, wrestled at 130 pounds against Jefferson senior Jason Johnson. Johnson pinned Wahlke with a figure-four leg lock around Wahlke's neck. It was Johnson's first match of the season after being out with a torn knee ligament he suffered in practice five weeks ago. It was hell not wrestling for five weeks, Johnson said. You don't know how bad you're going to miss it until you're out.Nick Vincent and Chris Marsh also earned pins for Jefferson. Underwood and Jeff Krogman earned pins for Federal Way.Aharon Poorman, Todd Turner, Kevan Haack, Josh Girello picked up wins for Jefferson, while Travis Torkelson, Kyle Janzen and Adam Suckert won their matches for Federal Way.Jefferson's Jesse Nordstrom and Mike Love earned forfeit wins in the 103 and 112 weight classes, respectively. It's hard to give up 12 points and try to make it up, said Federal Way's 125 pound wrestler Casey Underwood. A lot of people get discouraged when they see we're down and don't think we can come back. "