TACOMA — On the first day of the Mat Classic, Washington’s state wrestling tournament, all eight wrestlers competing for South Kitsap moved on to compete Feb. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Tacoma Dome.
In the 113-pound weight class, Ashton Schessler won his first match against Morgan McFee of Chiawana before being falling to Austin Michalski of Tahoma by pin. He will next face Evan Janson of Curtis.
In the 120-pound bracket, Devin Gentz also won his first match against Kyle Lacoursiere of Lake Stevents. He then lost to Ethan Rotondo of Union to be sent to the relegation bracket. On Saturday, Gentz will face Logan Cossairt of Mount Vernon High School.
In the 138-pound weight class, Mason Eaglin won all his matches to be seated in the semi-final to face Devante Goodman of Mead. To get there, he beat David Weir of Decatur and Tyson STover of Chiawana.
Sebastian Robles also placed himself in the semi-final for his weight bracket, 145 pounds. He beat Riley Cissne of Chiawana and Cole Anderson of Jackson by pin.
Also in the 145-pound bracket was Deyondre Davis. Davis lost his first match against JJ Talavera of Union. He battled back in the relegation bracket to beat CJ Eckblad of Enumclaw. Saturday, he will face Danny Snediker of Union.
In the 160-pound weight class, Nathan Marin won his first match against Kaleb Solusod of Issaquah before falling to James Rogers of Battle Ground. Saturday morning he’ll face Stephen Watson of Kentwood.
JJ Leota lost his first match against Mead’s Trevor Senn in the 182-pound weight class. However, he won his next match against Isaac Cirillo of Monroe to be set up to face Sam Onishchenk of Auburn Riverside on Saturday.
In the 195-pound weight class, Izaiah Davis won his first match against Nick Beatty of Skyline before falling to Neftali Lopez of University. Saturday, he’ll face Tibou Bangoura of Todd Beamer.
Eight of eight wrestlers for South Kitsap will continue to compete in the second day of the state tournament, giving South Kitsap a high ranking amongst the teams.