Sultan slaps Falcons to the mat

If not for the swing of a couple bouts that could easily have gone their way, the South Whidbey High School wrestling team might have come close to upsetting Sultan Thursday night.

In falling 47-24 to the Turks in Erikson Gymnasium, the Falcons gave up needed points on an unlucky pin in the night’s 160-pound bout, then watched as one of their teammates fell short of time as he took control of a bout too late and too far behind.

The meet, which was the second and last of the Falcons’ home season, did get a number of wrestlers the mat time they needed after a slow start to the season. Only one bout had to be forfeited on the night.

Unfortunately that forfeit, made by South Whidbey, plus a loss in the first bout of the night by 152-pound sophomore Keith Ryder, put the Falcons at an initial point deficit immediately. However, it seemed as though they were on their way back when Matt Errico built an 8-0 lead in the first two rounds of his 160-pound match. Midway through the third period of the bout, he still held an 8-3 advantage when he was surprised by his opponent, Steven Raymond, who made one quick move to pin Errico at the edge of the circle and to put the Turks up 11-0.

After sure-thing senior Ben Harris made an easy pin in the second round of his 189-pound bout, the Falcons continued to fall behind as junior Sheridan Catlin lost by a fall in the first round of the 215-pound contest, then when 189-pound senior Jason Campbell lost a lopsided 275-pound bout by fall to Sultan big man Abe Peterson.

The Falcons would earn only two more victories over the course of the evening. Senior Phil Schorr easily beat Turk Jake Corillo 10-2 on three takedowns and two near falls, while 135-pound senior Conley White pinned his Sultan opponent in the first round.

After that, only 140-pound junior Jason Mannie came close to victory. After falling behind 10-3 early, he took control of opponent Kevin Criswell in the third period of his bout to come back to 10-5 before running out of time.

Also coming up short in a tight bout was junior Nick Martinovic, who lost 6-2 to Sultan’s Zach Root at 145 pounds.

Next up for the Falcons is the Klahowya Tournament on Sunday.

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