Eastlake wrestlers beat Newport 48-32

January 21, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

It only took half an hour Jan. 15 for the Eastlake Wolves wrestling team to take down the Newport Knights 48-32.

“I figured it would last at least an hour and we were done in 30 minutes,” said Eastlake coach Dexter Beckstead.

The varsity KingCo 4A match may have been quick, but it didn’t always belong to the Wolves, who were trailing 17-12 after only a few minutes.

The evening began with Newport giving up a forfeit in both the 170- and 195-pound weight classes. But the Knights quickly made up for that when their 182-pounder, Gavin Strong, pinned Eastlake’s Kevin Mason 30 seconds into the second period. In the second contested match-up of the night, Newport won with a 16-0 technical fall. At 285, the Wolves gave up a forfeit of their own.

Then Sabrina Handlon stepped onto the mat and shook Patricia Ambrus’s hand. The referee blew the whistle and 27 seconds later the 106-pound match was over. Handlon had pinned her opponent and given the Wolves a 18-17 boost.

“I was like ‘cool, this will just get us ahead and make everybody kind of relax and make the coaches feel good….give us a good confidence boost,’” said Handlon. “Usually I just go for the legs, shoot and just go down quick…That’s the first time during a match that I wrestled a girl. I knew I was going to win, kind of. Usually, it’s not very hard, and I knew she wasn’t very tough.”

This is Handlon’s senior year at Eastlake, and after 11 years on the mat, she is hoping to make a successful trip to the Tacoma Dome for the state championship Feb. 15-16. Though she wrestles in the 106-pound weight class, she clocks in around the 99 pound mark in preparation for competing in the girls 100-pound weight class in the post season. Until then, she likes competing against the guys.

“It’s fun. It makes me feel really good about myself. When I’m going up against someone who is a guy and pretty tough and strong, and when I win that match, it’s pretty gratifying,” she said. “Not just because he’s a boy, but because I know I’m overcoming some things that people think they know I would lose immediately. It’s pretty nice to change their mind.”

The next to secure a pin for Eastlake against Newport was freshman John Monahan, who fell Elliot Moss one minute and 42 seconds into the first period of the 126-pound match.

Next, William Galarpe, also a freshman at Eastlake, stepped up to win the 132 pound contest by converting his opponent’s second-period decision to start in the down position into a 54-second pin.

“Depending on what he chooses, I’m just thinking of game plan,” he said. “The first thing that went through my head was just to flatten him out.”

With three matches remaining, the Wolves racked up two more pins – one from Ryan Martinez 1:18 into the first round of the 145-pound weight class. The second came in the final contest of the night – 160 – from Ryan Wasserman, who didn’t waste much time. The Eastlake junior had Newport’s Logan Anderson pinned in 37 seconds.

“Generally I try to get in and out as quickly as I can… because in tournaments you have match after match, after match,” Wasserman said. “It really just all comes down to coaching and having team support. I wouldn’t do anything I am able to do without having my friends in the weight room, helping me to get better every day and pushing me.”


Reporter Lillian O’Rorke can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242 or ltucker@sammamishreview.com.

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