No South Whidbey wrestlers took a top place at the Chief Sealth tournament Friday, a rare happening under head coach Jim Thompson.
Even rarer was the passing out of one Falcon — only the second time Thompson could recall in his decade-plus coaching career with South Whidbey.
Senior wrestler Trevor Miller won his first match in the 220-pound division. Leading in the second-round bout, Miller got rolled onto his back, fought to get out of the hold, then stopped.
“He’s fighting, he’s fighting, he’s fighting,” Thompson said. “Then all of a sudden he went limp. Then the ref slapped the mat. From our angle, we couldn’t see.”
“He was literally blue when he came off,” Thompson added. “It was scary looking.”
After passing out from the apparent choke hold, Miller was pulled from the tournament by his coach.
The Falcons were shut out of a first place in any of the weight classes, though their odds weren’t great when they stepped onto the mat. South Whidbey only had nine wrestlers competing in six weight classes against a 12-team field that included larger schools such as 3A Chief Sealth and 2A Clover Park.
“With this small of a team, we’re not going to be able to compete,” said Thompson of team standings.
“All I’m looking to do is getting kids to finals and place in tournaments,” he added.
Bellevue Christian, a 1A school, however, won the team title.
Josh McElhinny, a Falcon senior, took the top spot with a second-place finish in the 145-pound division. He nearly won first place, but lost the championship match in double overtime, which Thompson called “controversial” because of a missed call.
Madison Evans, a junior, won third place in the 182. Sophomore 132-pound wrestler Hunter Newman finished in third place. His semifinal match was lost after he shot for his opponent’s legs in the third period, but Newman was taken down instead. Newman lost to the wrestler who won the 132 title.
Four Falcons finished in fifth place: Will Holbert in the 132, Jack Nielsen in the 145, Jonathon Peterson in the 160, and Logan Madsen in the 182.
Trevor Kleinfelder, a sophomore in the 170, was eliminated after both of his matches.
Colby Brasher, also a 170-pound sophomore, won both of his matches in a round-robin tournament for wrestlers not able to compete in the varsity matches.
South Whidbey heads to Bellevue Christian for the As Iron Sharpens Iron tournament Saturday, Dec. 13.