Gators swamp Puyallup, 57-9

The Decatur wrestling team continued its winning ways Thursday with a 57-9 win over Puyallup.

Brandon Bell, Erik Honda, Nick McCluskey and Kyle Bressler earned pins for Decatur. Hoan Do, Anthony Cossano, Dallas Harwood, Jason Bressler and Dan Esbenshade won by decision. Ryan Trotter, Jon Joseph and Ryan Cossano each won by forfeit.

Bell earned the fastest pin of the night, putting his opponent on his back in less than 17 seconds. The scorekeeper didn’t even start the clock before Bell had tossed his man to the ground.

“That was one of my faster matches,” Bell said. “I wanted to get a good workout today — I have to lose weight.”

Bell’s quick win was followed by pins from Honda at 145 pounds and McCluskey at 152 pounds.

McCluskey had his opponent in a figure-four leg lock, but the referee stopped the action because the Puyallup wrestler couldn’t breathe.

“They usually never call that,” McCluskey said. “It made me a little mad. I wanted to get it over with.”

McCluskey pinned him 45 seconds later.

Senior Jason Bressler earned a 5-0 decision at 160 pounds, then sophomore Kyle Bressler followed with a pin at 171 pounds.

“We’re really strong in our middle weights,” Kyle Bressler said. “Nick, Jason and I work as a trio in practice.”

Decatur has seven seniors on the varsity roster, which helps the younger wrestlers like Kyle.

“Our team is more experienced this year,” Honda said. “We’re working a lot harder and we have more seniors for leadership.”

The Gators, who remain unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League, are coming off solid performances at two tournaments during the winter break.

Decatur won the Highline Community College tournament, then placed sixth in the 33-team Pacific Coast Tournament.

“We’re doing pretty good,” McCluskey said. “We’re getting better as a team and a lot of guys are getting in shape. We’ve got to keep it going, though.”

“We still got a lot of work to do,” said Decatur coach Mike Bressler. “Every dual meet will be tough. The trick is to keep everybody healthy and keep fine tuning.”

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