Eastlake wrestlers up their intensity, flatten Bothell

December 23, 2013

By Neil Pierson

Two days after his team had a lackluster performance in a home meet with Roosevelt, Eastlake wrestling coach Dexter Beckstead saw big improvements.

Eastlake earned pins in the first three matches, and cruised to a 46-25 victory over the Bothell Cougars in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet Dec. 19 at Bothell High School.

Beckstead said the Wolves looked flat in their loss to Roosevelt, but it was a different story when they competed on Bothell’s mats.

“I’m satisfied with the way we wrestled today,” he said. “This is the intensity we need to be at. We didn’t show it Tuesday. We have to be consistent. We had ups and downs. It’s possibly my fault of not being able to prepare them. I think, being at home, we kind of took it for granted, maybe.”

The Wolves set the tone against the Cougars as 170-pounder Ryan Wasserman earned a quick takedown and pinned Jesse Floyd in 1 minute, 19 seconds.

Jacob Kaufman (182) trailed Bothell’s Blaine Hoogerwerf 5-4 after one period, but dominated after that, winning by pin in 3:12.

Jonnie Estrada (195) gave the Wolves an 18-0 lead, pinning Kevin Lopez in 1:09, and they never looked back.

Beckstead used a little gamesmanship to get the Wolves some insurance points. Rudy Ross, a senior, was supposed to wrestle at 220 pounds, but Beckstead didn’t feel good about his matchup with Aaron Ibanez.

“Ibanez, he’s a real good wrestler,” Beckstead said. “He would’ve more than likely pinned Rudy.”

Beckstead waited for Ibanez to be announced for the bout, then forfeited. Eastlake was originally scheduled to forfeit at 285, but Ross moved up to face Colton Moser. Ross earned four takedowns and a near fall to pick up a 15-6 major decision and four team points.

While the move didn’t ultimately sway the team result, it left more room for error for the Wolves.

“I avoided the sure pin … and we saved points that way,” Beckstead said.

Eastlake’s William Galarpe (145) battered Logan Moore, getting two near falls in the first period for an 8-1 lead. He didn’t let up, getting an immediate takedown in the second period and finishing the pin in 2:26.

The result gave Eastlake an insurmountable 40-21 lead with two bouts to go.

Galarpe, a sophomore, said he’s struggled to get takedowns early in the season, but he turned that around against Moore by staying low.

Galarpe is a fourth-year wrestler, and was part of Eastlake’s varsity squad as a freshman. He took his lumps, but is starting to inflict some of his own.

“It was tough, but being a freshman, it was nice to go out there,” Galarpe said. “It’s different wrestling from junior high. It’s a new experience, and you just take what you learn.”

The evening’s final bout saw Eastlake freshman Leon Morris power through Emanuel Hanks for a pin in 1:32.

It was a surprising result for Beckstead.

“We just put him in the lineup because everybody made weight down below,” the coach said. “Usually, we’re wrestling a weight up because they hadn’t gotten to their weight level that they’re required to be. This week they did.

“I thought (Morris) was going to get pinned. I just threw him in there as a body, and sure enough, he comes back and pins (Hanks). Tough kid.”

Bothell’s victories came from Kenny Beaver (132), who earned a 10-7 decision over Konrad Peterson; Andrew Hanson (138), who pinned John Monahan in 4:34; and Virgil Smith (152), who got a 14-5 major decision against James Jensen.

Eastlake’s Martin Miller (106) and Kush Jobanputra (120) won by forfeit, as did Bothell’s Josh Thompson (126). The teams had a double forfeit at 113.

Eastlake returns to action at the Brian Hill Invitational, Dec. 28 at Eastside Catholic School.

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