Two wrestle their way to SPSL title


Associate editor

Two local wrestlers brought home championships from the South Puget Sound League tournament Saturday at Spanaway Lake High School.

Seven others finished in the top four to advance to the regional wrestling tournament this Saturday at Decatur High School. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. The finals are expected to start about 6 p.m.

“It’s a real bonus to have regionals at Decatur,” Decatur coach Mike Bressler said. “It’s a feather in our cap because it shows Decatur is on the map in the wrestling circle. It’s nice for our district to host it, let alone just us. It’s a real honor. There’s going to be some darn good wrestling there. Quite a few of the competitors will be in the top four at state.”

At last weekend’s league meet, Rogers won the team championship after placing eight wrestlers in the finals. Second-place Spanaway Lake had five individual champions. Decatur placed fifth, Jefferson eighth and Federal Way ninth.

Decatur junior Kyle Bressler and Jefferson senior Nick Vincent each won their championship matches.

Vincent dominated on his way to a 20-8 major decision over Jake Bergman of Rogers in the finals of the 171-pound weight class.

Vincent cracked two ribs at the beginning of the season and had wrestled in only the last four dual meets.

“It’s really hard to come back from that because it hurts to breathe,” Jefferson coach Brett Lucas said. “But he’s wrestling well now.”

Bressler, last year’s champion, improved his season record to 29-0 after a 15-5 major decision over Puyallup’s Tim Jacobson in the finals.

“Everyone is tough, but I had wrestled them all before and knew what to expect,” Bressler said. “Last year I realized I needed to work on a lot on my technique, so I’ve worked harder and been more prepared for this year.”

Other area finalists include Decatur’s Hoan Do, Jefferson’s David Markey and Jefferson’s Galen Hensley.

Do was second at 125 pounds. He lost an 9-4 decision to Spanaway Lake’s Warren Kern in the finals.

Markey was second at 119. He was pinned in the finals by Spanaway Lake’s Craig Fawcett in 1:04.

“He has about half as many wins as he did last year, so I’m proud of him to get to the finals,” Lucas said.

Hensley took second at 152 pounds. He lost a 6-3 decision in the finals to Curtis’ Mike Joy.

“Galen has a lot of potential,” Lucas said.

Others advancing to regionals from Decatur are: Dustin English, who was third at 119; Ryan Cossano, who was third at 145; Joe Isaac, who took third at 215 pounds.

“That’s the toughest thing there is to do, to come back after you get beat in the tournament,” Decatur coach Mike Bressler said. “Joe and Dustin both expected to be in the finals, they got upset but they had enough character and integrity to battle back. It’s hard to get mentally tough for that next match.”

Federal Way’s Ludevic Mea, the only Eagle to advance, won his final match to take third at 130 pounds.

Jefferson’s Adam Summers took fourth at 189 pounds and Decatur’s Jesse Chester took fourth at 152 pounds.

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