LANGLEY — Wrestling coach Jim Thompson hates losing.
He was especially flummoxed after his South Whidbey Falcons fell to Lakewood, 52-30. It was the first time in more than a decade that Lakewood defeated South Whidbey.
“I’m frustrated,” Thompson said.
“It’s just our technique right now. We’re just not very good.”
Lakewood started with an advantage. South Whidbey forfeited the lightweights at 106 and 110 pounds. Even in the contested weights, the Falcons didn’t put up nearly enough fight.
The Cougars pinned the Falcons in the 120-, 126-, 132- and 138-pound bouts. A common mistake was the Falcons rolling onto their backs as they attempted a reversal — a cardinal sin in wrestling, especially under Thompson’s tutelage.
“They forgot their moves,” said Falcon senior Pat Monell. “They were timid.”
Andy Madsen, a junior, gave the Falcons their first victory in the 145. Madsen wore down Lakewood’s George Treml through two rounds before securing a pin 17 seconds in the third round.
“I’m running the arms well and keeping my base a lot better this year,” said Madsen, who has lost only one match this season in the 145 and plans to drop to 138 next week.
Fellow Falcon junior Kyrell Broyles followed suit with a late pin. Broyles gained a seven-point lead before pinning Lakewood’s Jeremy Peterson in 3:11.
South Whidbey’s seniors filled out the middle weights. James Itaya lost 13-0 to Lakewood’s Cameron Wheeler. Jake Leonard took a forfeit in the 170.
Then came one of the matches that most frustrated Thompson. In the 182, Falcon junior Jose Chavez was pinned in 2:20 as he attempted to spin out of a hold.
“I don’t know what he did out there,” Thompson said. “I have never seen anything like that in my life. He just flipped on his back.”
Beck Davis, a Falcon junior wrestling in his first home dual meet, was pinned in 4:53 to the surprise of his coaches.
Monell, a senior co-captain, quickly won the 220 in 1:41.