Inexperienced Falcon lightweights pinned by Tigers

Falcon wrestler Montana Johnson rolls Mike Poyner onto his shoulders during the 182-pound match.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Falcon wrestler Montana Johnson rolls Mike Poyner onto his shoulders during the 182-pound match.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

LANGLEY — Someone forgot to call the referee and let him know the wrestling match would be a close one.

Granite Falls forfeited three matches to the South Whidbey wrestling team, and won Thursday night in Erikson Gym. Without a referee, South Whidbey wrestling assistant coach Nick Guglielmo officiated a closer-than-expected Tigers victory.

The inexperienced Falcon squad gave up two bouts without a fight at 112 and 126 pounds. Tigers Logan Corbin and Adam Groff defeated Falcons Steve Smith and Josh McElhinny, respectively.

“I thought he’d win the first five, for sure,” said Falcon head coach Jim Thompson. “One kid that got the forfeit is ranked, and the kid that Josh wrestled is ranked.”

Granite Falls won the first seven matches, from the 103-pound class to 145.

Two of the night’s most thrilling matches — 138 and 145 — lasted three-periods and ended in Falcon losses.

Falcon sophomore Andy Madsen (138) lost to Tysen Campbell in an 8-4 decision. Through the first period, Campbell only led 2-0 on a takedown. Campbell scored a quick takedown in the second period, until Madsen stood up for one point only to be dropped again for two. Madsen started down in the third period and scored another point for escaping Campbell’s lock and standing up.

After another takedown by Campbell, Madsen scored a two-point reversal before time expired.

Falcon senior Cameron Schille (145) lost to Moses Sun in a 4-2 decision.

The match looked to be in hand for Schille when he scored a takedown in 12 seconds. Sun scored a reversal before the period ended. Schille began down as his head coach and former Falcon wrestler Evan Thompson yelled from the side.

“Don’t let him get up,” his coach yelled.

“Don’t reach,” the coach’s son said.

No points were scored in the second period, sending the exhausted grapplers to a third and final period. Sun was down and quickly scored a reversal and held on to beat Schille.

“I was pretty happy for Cameron because that kid beat him 13-4 last year,” Thompson said.

“I told him, ‘You’re a different wrestler. You were a first-year wrestler last year, now you got a little experience it’s going to be a different match.’”

South Whidbey ended Granite Falls’ run at the 152-pound match between Falcon senior Steve Sutton and Tiger Nathan Woldstad.

Sutton, who normally wrestles at 145, shot from the start and scored a takedown within 10 seconds. Woldstad countered and flipped Sutton onto his back, but couldn’t control it for reversal points.

In the second period, Woldstad started down before he was flipped onto his back by Sutton and pinned in 2:50.

“I had that one arm around,” Sutton said, “and I saw him post up with that other arm, so I hooked the double arm bar and turned him.

“It was honestly probably one of the best matches I’ve wrestled.”

The Falcons’ momentum stalled on two more losses.

Falcon sophomore Kyrell Broyles, wrestling up a weight, was pinned in 1:17 by Tommy Eadie, and sophomore James Itaya was pinned in 17 seconds.

“That’s experience against inexperience,” Thompson said. “They’re going to take their lumps.”

The final match of the night was won by Falcon senior Montana Johnson in a second-period pin.

Johnson (182) scored an early takedown, got the Tigers’ Mike Poyner on his back for a three-point near fall before the first period expired. Johnson started down in the second period and scored a quick escape, another takedown and finally pinned Poyner in 2:58.

“He kept trying to switch on me,” Johnson said. “He was leaving his left arm postered on the mat. I just grabbed his wrist and dragged him down and went right into a head lever.”

Three Falcons accepted forfeits: Avery Buechner (195), Pat Monell (220) and Jerimiah Robey (285).


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