The North Kitsap girls wrestling program hosted an Olympic League Invite for all the girl wrestling teams in the league.
“It is great to give them a platform to wrestle on,” North Kitsap’s coach Robert Gomez said. “They should expect to have their own night. The cheers for each other and the teammates were great to see.”
North Kitsap’s returning state placer Makayla Heymann said, “It was really nice because we are such a small community so it’s nice to see everyone interact with each other.”
Heymann’s match was the main event as it was the final match of the night against the Olympic’s state placer. Although the two matched well on paper, Heymann had a 13-1 statement victory to begin the season.
“There is always room to improve but I think I did good for my first match,” Heymann said.
North Kitsap’s other star wrestler, Emily Gomez, made her high school debut.
“I was nervous at first but I have been wrestling for a while so it was nothing new.”
Gomez pinned an Olympic wrestler in the second period after taking a 4-1 lead.
North Kitsap finished the night with a perfect 3-0 record, the best team record at the invite.
“They did pretty well,” Robert Gomez said. “They always got stuff to work on but I saw our forward pressure and aggressive mentality.”
The invite held 21 wrestling matches. Out of the 21 matches, 17 ended with a pin, eight coming in the first period, and a tech fall.
Even though North Kitsap had the best record, Central Kitsap earned the most victories, ending the night with a 6-3 record.
Kingston finished 2-1, Bremerton and Sequim went 1-0, Olympic went 3-5, Port Angeles and Bainbridge went 2-3, and North Mason ended up 2-6.
Although the teams had mixed results, the community banded together for a great season debut.
“I like to see all the girls coming together,” Emily Gomez said. “I always want to see more so we can grow a bigger community.”