Nearly four points separates Hornets from title

When all was said and done, a miniscule 3.5 points separated the Enumclaw High wrestling team from Class 4A Graham-Kapowsin Saturday as the Hornets finished second behind the Eagles at the Central Kitsap MatMan tournament.

The Hornets, who powered their way through two more South Puget Sound League 3A dual meets Jan. 13 and Thursday (they won nearly every match by pin), will host Bonney Lake at 7 tonight, Wednesday, and then travel to Franklin Pierce Thursday before traveling to Spokane for the annual Dream Duals competition.

In Saturday’s tournament, the Hornets put in another steady performance.

Sam Bauer, who scored two pins on the way, won the 125-pound title with an 8-2 decision over Zach Nalley of Davis of Yakima.

Wayne Horton captured the 130-pound weight division with an 11-2 decision over Brian Bitney of Rogers.

Jason Gray scored the 140-pound crown with three pins on his way to an 8-6 decision over Kentwood’s Cody Quinn in the finals.

A common event this season, Hornet teammates Jacob Jokela and Josh Musick squared off for the 145-pound title with Jokela winning a 6-4 decision to earn the honors.

Conner Elder again found himself in the 160-pound championship match. This time, however, he finished second to Tyler Story of Graham-Kopowsin after a 10-8 decision.

Hunter File also finished second at 119 pounds, but again, as a junior varsity wrestler, his points did not count for EHS.

Several Hornets were set to battle for third place. Results were not available put lined up in that position were: Marcus Nichols at 112; Kyle Young at 135; Kario Wallin, 152; and Brad McCutchen, 215.

Tyler Rewoldt, 189, and Mike Staples, 215, were scheduled to wrestle for fifth place, but those match results also were not available.

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