North grapples 13 into regionals

TACOMA — Though the South Kitsap Wolves — with another championship in 2007 — have claimed the Narrows League title in four of the past five years, North Kitsap, this year, qualified the most wrestlers onto the regional tournament than it has in the past five years.

TACOMA — Though the South Kitsap Wolves — with another championship in 2007 — have claimed the Narrows League title in four of the past five years, North Kitsap, this year, qualified the most wrestlers onto the regional tournament than it has in the past five years.

The Vikings had a “great showing,” head coach Jon Cooke said at the Feb. 2-3 Narrows League championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Six NK wrestlers made their way through the bracket to the finals match, four Vikings were crowned individual champions while SK took the team title with 345.5 points.

North came in second with 279, followed by Olympia with 227.5 and Mount Tahoma with 190.5.

At 285 pounds, North’s Bill Plowman earned some revenge on the Wolves as he defeated SK’s Matt Miller in a gutty 3-2 decision for first place. Then in the 125-pound finals, NK’s Lyle Welsh earned an 11-4 decision over South’s Kyle Fenton.

NK 140-pounder Jeff Jones won by a similar decision, 11-6, over Olympia’s Jordan Pine. Then, facing another Olympia wrestler — Travis Landshut — at 160 pounds, Viking Anthony Lindfors secured the only NK pin of the finals in 1:47 seconds.

North powerhouses Eric Hedin (189) and Jim Smith (215) also worked their way into the finals where they met their match. Hedin lost a major decision 14-1, while SK’s Matt Foxworthy ended with the advantage on Smith 6-4.

In third/fourth place matches, North was well represented with six grapplers on the bill. Johnny Helsing, at 135 pounds, had the best show of that round for North as he pinned Sebastian Armstrong in 35 seconds.

NK 112-pounder Willis Castle pinned his finals opponent in the first period with a time of 1:56.

Vikings Paul Coulter (152) and Aaron Melius (215) were each defeated in the finals, ending in fourth place.

The top-seven wrestlers from each class will move on, throwing their hat in the ring Feb. 9-10 at Emerald Ridge High School for the regional tournament.

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