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South Whidbey whips Archbishop Murphy wrestlers on senior night
South Whidbey dominated at home during the final wrestling match in Langley last week against Archbishop Murphy, taming the pesky Wildcats 49-30.
The match against Archbishop Murphy in Langley was senior night for five of the Falcons’ wrecking crew: Corey Crawford, Colton Vaughn, Daniel Childers, Chris Monell and Dillon Parrick.
South Whidbey also had its biggest crowd of the year for a night of wrestling; it was Coaches Versus Cancer week, and middle school wrestlers and their parents also came out to watch the action.
The win moved the Falcons to a third-place tie the week before the district tourney.
“That was a really big deal. I was very pleased,” said Falcons coach Jim Thompson. “We tied for third in the conference standings so that was kind of neat with this young of a team.”
South Whidbey’s Vaughn (125-pound weight class) won by a technical fall over Tim Callaghan.
Evan Thompson (130) defeated Daniel Miller 8-6, spoiling Miller’s unbeaten streak in the Cascade Conference.
It was a tough loss, and Miller was visibly upset at the end of the contest.
“These kids want to be conference champions; so that kind of upset his apple cart,” coach Thompson said.
Ben Jacobson-Ross (135) pinned Ryan Clark in 5:44. Montana Johnson (140) pinned Ben Poirier in 3:09. Van Morgen (145) pinned Steven Kane in 1:05.
Jake Leonard (160) won by a technical fall over Matthew Castoriano. Chris Monell (189) pinned Dakota Creed in 5:17.
The Falcons improved to 2-3, 2-3 with the win. ATM fell to 2-3, 4-7.
The Falcons compete next at the district tournament at Cedarcrest on Saturday, Feb. 6. It’s an elimination tourney, with just the top three wrestlers in each weight class advancing to regionals.
Coach Thompson was hesitant to predict how the Falcons will fare.
“We’ve been a real up-and-down team. Some kids have been real steady, but some kids have wrestled real good one week and not good another week,” he said.
“If they all wrestle the way they should, we should get at least six or seven through,” Thompson said.
And also on the positive, the scales won’t be tipped in anyone’s favor.
Some Falcons have been wrestling in higher weight classes to fill out brackets at matches and avoid forfeits for the team.
Now, all the athletes who have been “wrestling up” will compete in their actual weight classes.
Parrick has wrestled at 215 at three conference matches; he tilts the scales at 173.
“He’s given up a lot of weight,” Thompson said.
“That was really big of him to step up and wrestle at that weight,” he added.
Monell has wrestled at 189; he’ll now drop to 171. And Childers has been wrestling up at 171 and will step in at 160 at district.
“Everybody will be at the weights they feel comfortable at,” Thompson said.