Gators takedown Raiders


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The Decatur Gators got off to a solid start in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Gators downed cross-town rival Thomas Jefferson Thursday, 52-17.

“It’s always nice to win against the rivals,” said Decatur coach Mike Bressler. “And it seems like we are always opening up against TJ.”

Decatur lost only four matches to the Raiders during the dual meet, but one of them came from senior Dustin English at 130 pounds. Jefferson’s Brian Moerhle decisioned English 10-7. English took eighth place at last year’s Mat Classic in the 125-pound weight class. Jefferson’s other victories came from Zach Yeaple at 103 pounds, Michael Markey at 152 and Lionel Orji at 171 pounds. Yeaple pinned Decatur’s Scott McKnight in 57 seconds, Markey won 15-6 over Alan Valiev and Orji won a 16-4 decision over Mike Freeman.

Other than that, it was all Decatur.

“The kids wrestled pretty well,” Bressler said. “For this point in the season, I was pretty happy. But, obviously, they still have a lot of growing up to do.”

Defending state champion Kyle Bressler got things going for the Gators at 189 pounds with a hard-fought 12-3 win over Jefferson’s Adam Summers. Junior Taylor McCluskey followed with a 1:33 pin of Quinn McCauley at 215 and Decatur’s Chris Corey picked up a 3:26 pin of Jason Baker at 275. The Gators “little guys” were also solid. Marcus Leone-Sanchez beat Matt Moerhle at 112, Jason Williams downed J.J. Campola at 119, Travis Hoeft won by injury default over Ryan Polson at 125, Jeff Nagy pinned Andres Mata at 135, Bo Bowell beat Christian Whiteside at 140 and Leabua Younger pinned Elina Morozov at 145.

“I am pleased with where they are at,” Bressler said.

The Gators continued their solid wrestling Saturday at the Wilfong Classic at Puyallup High School. Decatur finished up in second place behind Tahoma in the 11-team tournament.

Kyle Bressler won an individual championship at 189 pounds when he beat Sumner’s T.C. Toler 10-4 in the final. English was second at 130 pounds, as were Leone-Sanchez at 112 and Valiev at 152. Third-placers were Hoeft at 125, Michael Davidson at 150 and McCluskey at 215.

Decatur travels to Curtis and Jefferson hosts Spanaway Lake tonight.


The Raiders finished up in fourth place at the seven-team Trojan Invitational at Fife High School Saturday. Cascade (Everett) won the tournament.

Lionel Orji and Adam Summers won individual titles. Orji won by injury default at 171 pounds over Fife’s Pete Carlson and Summers beat Fife’s Paul Hoffman, 15-11, at 189 pounds.

Zach Yeaple (103), J.J. Campolo (119) and Brian Moerle placed second.

Federal Way

The Eagles were downed in their South Puget Sound League South Division dual meet opener Thursday night, 54-10, by the Emerald Ridge Jaguars.

Federal Way picked up only two wins during the dual. Those victories came in back-to-back matches from 135-pounder Ludovic Mea and 140-pounder Nick Harteau. Mea got a 2:45 pin and Harteau won a high-scoring 22-12 decision.

The Eagles put together a 1-2 record at the Olympic High School Tournament in Silverdale on Saturday. Federal Way beat Prairie, 39-37, and lost to Klayhowa High School, 54-9, and to Olympic, 39-23.

The Eagles will travel to Rogers tonight.


The Titans wrestled a solid dual meet against the defending South Puget Sound League South champions Thursday night, but came up short. Spanaway Lake beat Beamer 54-21.

The Titans got victories from Peter Daugherty at 135, a pin from Rahmel Freeland at 189, a pin from heavyweight Cameron Gillespie and a forfeit at 103 pounds to John Im.

The Titans wrestle again tonight at Bethel.

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