Decatur wrestlers come up short for first time in two-plus years


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The Decatur wrestling team lost its first dual meet in more than two years, 34-32 Wednesday at Curtis.

“It’s been a while,” Decatur coach Mike Bressler said. “We lost some matches we shouldn’t have. We’ve got to get some kids to toughen up. It’s not going to get any easier, either. But we’re scrappy.”

The Gators were up 32-24 going into the final two matches, but Curtis came back to score 10 points after a pin and a major decision to take the two-point victory.

“This is the year that’s a little down for us,” Bressler said. “But if we can get better by the end of the year, that’s what’s important. We’ll be in good shape next year.”

Earning pins for Decatur were Jesse Chester at 152 pounds, Taylor McCluskey at 160 and Kyle Bressler at 171.

Other Decatur winners were Chris Corey, who won 5-3 at 215 pounds, Jason Williams, who earned a major decision 8-0 at 112, Dustin English who won a major decision 13-1 at 119, and Hoan Do, who won 8-6 at 125.

Rogers 64, Federal Way 12

The Federal Way wrestling team is improving. Even if the final score in a 64-12 loss to Rogers doesn’t show it, individuals have been getting better every match.

“The kids fought hard out there,” first-year coach Frank Wood said. “I’m proud of each and every one of them. We’re very young and every day we’re getting better.”

Federal Way sophomore Dustin Holland at 119 pounds won the first match of the night when he pinned Jordan Faucette in 4:47.

But the Eagles lost the next 11 out of 12 matches, including seven by pin.

The one other win for Federal Way came when senior Olan Carlson threw Steve Baum to the mat and pinned him with four seconds left in the first period.

Although the Eagles were trailing 49-12, the pin pumped up the crowd and gave the Federal Way bench something to cheer about.

“To be honest, I was trying to motivate our team,” Carlson said. “Nobody needs a pep talk.”

Carlson is one of only three seniors on the varsity team, which features five juniors and three sophomores. The Eagles have to forfeit two weights and are out to an 0-2 start this season.

“It’s not as tough as you might think,” Carlson said. “We have a new coach and we feel good about him. We’re improving every day and that’s good for the future.”

Spanaway Lake 59, Jefferson 13

The Jefferson wrestling team lost to one of the top teams in the state, Spanaway Lake, 59-13, Tuesday.

The Raiders picked up wins from Kris Lay, who pinned his opponent in 3:48, Brian Moehrle, who earned a 15-12 win, and Galen Hensley, who defeated his opponent 4-1.

Spanaway Lake, which is ranked by coaches among the top five teams in the state, picked up seven pins on it’s way to victory.

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