The injury-plagued Sumner High School wrestling squad limped through two more South Puget Sound League 3A dual match losses last week to take up permanent residence in the SPSL 3A cellar with a 0-7 record.
That record will be tough to improve upon tonight, Wednesday, when the Spartans hobble into Enumclaw at 7 p.m. to face the defending Class 3A state champion Hornets.
Sumner was mauled 48-12 Jan. 21 at Auburn Mountainview, relinquishing 36 points via the forfeit route as very few of Sumner’s wrestlers could go. Spartan 160-pounder Matt Wilson put up half of his team’s total when he pinned Cody McNeil 1 minute, 30 seconds into the second round.
Sumner had a realistic chance to notch its initial league conquest of the campaign when it then hosted Clover Park Jan. 22, despite having to report forfeits at the same six weights; three of those were double forfeits, however.
After launching the evening with a pair of forfeits at 103 and 112 pounds, Sumner lost at 119 and was already behind the eight-ball when senior Spartan Tyler Wooding was triumphant at 125 pounds, erasing the SHS goose egg with a six point pin of his foe, with 21 seconds remaining in the second round.
Sumner forfeited at 135 pounds and it was on to the 145 pound match between Sumner’s Phillip Ramirez and the Warriors’ Justin Martinez. Martinez took a 15-10 decision.
The Spartans looked like they would get the party started when Alex Bricker pinned his challenger in the first round, Wilson won at 160 pounds and Colin Fielding was dominant at 189 pounds, winning his clash with a second round pin.
At 215 pounds Sumner’s Keiffer Comstock redeemed himself for suffering his initial setback of the season the night before, taking only 17 seconds to pin his man, which made the score 33-27 Clover Park, but Sumner had to forfeit at 275 pounds to crystalize the final tally at 39-27.
Despite its myriad of maladies over the past couple of weeks, Sumner has enjoyed considerably more success on the tournament scene and had some fun when it headed north to the Bellingham Tournament Saturday. Wooding was voted the most outstanding lightweight wrestler of the tournament as he took a 28-2 decision over Ferndale High grappler Dylan Krenz to claim the championship belt in his 125-plound weight class.
Reach John Leggett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-802-8207.