Decatur's Bressler wins wrestling tournament
June 13, 2008 · Updated 2:09 PM
By COLE COSGROVE
Decatur junior Kyle Bressler won the 189-pound weight class of the prestigious Pacific Coast Championships last weekend in Vancouver, Wash.
The tournament featured top teams from Washington, Oregon and California.
It really prepares you for state, Bressler said. Some weights are packed with three state champions. If you do well at this, youll do well at state.
In the finals, Bressler beat Jake Cranford of Clackamas, Ore., who was third at the national Greco Roman Championships last summer, 3-0.
It was awesome, the way they set it up with spot lights on you in the finals, everybody was screaming, Bressler said. Its an awesome feeling, especially because its such a big tournament.
The match was scoreless going into the third period, then Bressler got an escape for one point. He followed with a take down and managed to hold Cranford down for the remaining 26 seconds.
In both the semifinals and finals they (opponents) were pretty tough, Bressler said. It was just a killer finals.
In the semifinals, Bressler beat W.F. Wests Jim Wilson, who placed fourth at state last year, 7-5.
In his first match, Bressler pinned Brandon Perkins from McKay, Ore. in 42 seconds. He won his second and third matches by technical fall, beating Andrew Chapman of Sedro Woolley 15-0 and Brandon Walsh of Evergreen 17-2.
Hes got a good shot at state this year, coach Mike Bressler said. But hes got a lot of wrestling to do.
Other wrestlers who advanced more than three rounds include Jeffersons Kris Lay at 103 pounds, Decaturs Jon Joseph at 112, Decaturs Dustin English at 119, Decaturs Travis Hoeft at 130, Jeffersons William Taing at 130, Decaturs Mike Esbenshade at 160, Decaturs Taylor McCluskey at 171, Jeffersons Rick Aholeile at 215 and Decaturs Barry Driskell at 275.