Conditioning paying off for PTHS wrestlers

Charlie Fleishman cf@nwfam.com
Posted 1/24/17

The Redhawks sent a boys' squad that covered six weight divisions and finished 10th out of the 17 participating schools Jan. 21 at the End of Days meet at Lakes High School in Lakewood.

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Conditioning paying off for PTHS wrestlers

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The Redhawks sent a boys' squad that covered six weight divisions and finished 10th out of the 17 participating schools Jan. 21 at the End of Days meet at Lakes High School in Lakewood.

Carter Swartout (106 pounds) won three of five matches to place fifth. “For a freshman, he is really starting to understand the strategies involved in wrestling,” said coach Steve Grimm.

Ian Linn-Glasgow (120) won his first match, lost the next two and was eliminated. Ryan Caldwell (182) lost his two matches.

Cody McLain (220), ranked third in the state’s 1A ranks, earned three wins to reach the finals, where he lost to Freddie Green from Spanaway Lake, ranked second in Class 3A.

Grimm felt McLain ran out of gas in the finals, and his conditioning was the main reason. “I think if he commits 100 percent, he will beat that kid and even better ones coming in the postseason,” Grimm added.

Jacob Massie (285) went 3-1, placing third. Grimm felt Massie should have been in the finals had he been on the other side of the bracket, as the coaches felt he was better than the wrestler who placed second. Massie lost to the eventual champ in the semifinal. Massie competes at about 230 pounds (the 285 class includes anyone from 221 to 285) and normally handles big kids. He gave up 55 pounds in his loss, but was not intimidated “walking out to wrestle that giant,” according to Grimm.

Tucker Booth (285) went 3-2 and placed fifth. One of the losses was to teammate Massie, and Grimm said they laughed at each other throughout the match.

GIRLS’ WRESTLING

The Lakes High School location was also the scene of the Lady Lancer Lipstick Open. The PT girls had competitors at three weights.

Ally Bradley (110) placed third, finishing 3-1 and just missing the finals. “Ally was wrestler of the day,” Grimm said. She pulled out back-to-back matches in the final seconds on her way to the high finish. “I am excited to see her in postseason.”

Veda Dosey (140) went 1-2 on the day. Fifth-ranked Brenna Franklin (170) made the finals with three wins before losing the title match to fourth-ranked Quinn Lacy. Lacy had not been taken down all year, according to her coaches, but Franklin got her on the mat in the first minute, and the match quickly got exciting, Grimm noted.

After a tied first round, Lacy was able to pin Franklin 1.4 seconds before the second round expired. “I think if Brenna could have fought off the move and made the third round, she’d have had a good shot to win that match,” Grimm said of the sophomore.

“Overall as a team, I think running all those dreaded stairs are finally paying off,” Grimm said. “Conditioning was tip-top. They wrestled like well-oiled machines. Everyone impressed us on the mat.”

NEXT: boys and girls at Klahowya against host team at 5 p.m. and Vashon Island at 6 p.m., Thursday Jan. 26; at Klahowya Tournament, 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle school wrestling starts Monday, Jan. 30 after school for seventh- and eighth-graders, in the Port Townsend High School wrestling room.

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