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Wrestling: Decatur's Karis and Aparis win Jaguar Invitational championships
The Decatur Gator wrestling team picked up a pair of individual championships at Saturday’s Emerald Ridge Jaguar Invitational in Puyallup. The Gators finished in fourth place as a team at the nine-team tournament. White River won the Jaguar Invitational title, followed by Kelso and Kentwood.
Decatur’s victories came from Nick Karis at 145 pounds and Dylan Aparis at 160. The Gators also had three wrestlers finish second in their weight classes, Rad Krysa (119), Tyler Phelps (125) and Tyler Thomas (130).
Karis dominated the 145-pound field Saturday and pinned Kentwood’s Matt Gordon in the championship match in 3:15. Aparis won a 12-9 decision over White River’s Austin Bethel in the 160-pound title match.
The Gators wrestle their final South Puget Sound League Central Division match Wednesday (Jan. 27) when they take on the Thomas Jefferson Raiders. A win would guarantee Decatur the Central Division title.
In other wrestling action:
• The Jefferson wrestling team snagged a pair of titles at Saturday’s Tahoma Mat Classic in Maple Valley. Kyle McIntosh continued his strong season by winning the 145-pound championship with a 12-5 decision win over Kamiakin’s Pedro Mendoza and teammate KW Williams won the 189-pound title with a 5-2 victory over Tahoma’s Zack Dopps.
Beamer’s Ares Carpio also won an individual title in Maple Valley. The Titan sophomore beat Auburn Mountainview’s Drew Dacey in the 125-pound championship match, 9-7.
Jefferson’s Ivan Mukomal lost to Kamiak’s Nate Regan in the 135-pound title match, 13-3, to finish second in the weight class.
• The Decatur Gators dropped a non-league dual meet against the Auburn Trojans Thursday night, 39-33. The Gators are unbeaten in the SPSL Central Division.
The difference Thursday night was a pair of forfeits by Decatur. The Gators gave up a total of 12 team points by not wrestling matches at 171 and 285 pounds.
The Gators picked up pins from Nick Lindholm at 112 pounds, Tyler Phelps at 125, Nick Karis at 145, Rowland Gaydosh at 152 and Dylan Aparis at 160. Decatur also got a decision win from Jerry Doran at 135.