Decatur wrestlers take 2nd in tournament

"Decatur hosted the Third Annual Gator Invitational Wrestling Tournament this past weekend featuring some of the best teams from around the state. High schools joining Decatur and Jefferson included Heritage, Tahoma, Lincoln, Bellingham, Shelton, Highline, Blanchet, Klahowya, Orting and River Ridge. Decatur placed a strong second behind Heritage of Vancouver, a team ranked among the state's best Class 4A teams. Gators claiming individual titles were Benson Henderson at 135 pounds, Aaron Ross at 140 pounds and J.C Ronnfeldt at 275 pounds. These boys wrestled well, Decatur coach Mike Bressler said. Benson was strong and consistent, Aaron Ross is back and J.C is really moving. Jason Bressler lost a heartbreaker in the finals to Tahoma's Ryan Qualls in overtime 5-3. He out shot, out hustled and out wrestled his opponent, but just couldn't get points awarded at the right time, Mike Bressler said. That was a tough match to lose, but unfortunately we have to lose matches like that some time.Ryan Trotter lost a tough match in the finals to state placer Cory Getchell 5-1. Ryan is getting closer to this kid each match, Bressler said. He's beginning to pick up his intensityDecatur's Dan Esbenshade pinned his first opponent from Shelton and outpointed his next before losing to the defending state champion K.C. Walsh from Lincoln in the final.Placing third for the Gators were: Jon Joseph at 103 pounds, Anthony Cossano at 119, Brandon Bell at 130, Eric Honda at 145 and Aaron Doherty and Joe Isaac at 189. Nick McCluskey missed placing in the 152-pound weight class, but was competing in the the toughest weight class of the tournament. He wrestled some of the best kids in the state today and wrestled well, Bressler said. He does not like to lose, but this tournament is just gonna make him even tougher down the stretch.Overall, we wrestled well; these kids are improving by the day. Even those that didn't place wrestled tough. We still have a lot of work to do. "

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