Spartans skin Lions for wrestling win at home

Spartan wrestler Greg Williams grapples with Lakeside’s Hallie Dunham in the 120-pound weight class match during a meet at home Thursday, Dec. 19.   - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Spartan wrestler Greg Williams grapples with Lakeside’s Hallie Dunham in the 120-pound weight class match during a meet at home Thursday, Dec. 19.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

There was no jumping from ropes or using metal chairs as weapons, but the Bainbridge High School gymnasium was not without drama as the varsity wrestling team gripped and grappled their way to a 37-30 victory over the visiting team from Lakeside High Thursday, Dec. 19.

“It was pretty much what we expected,” said Spartan Head Coach Dan Pippinger of the match.

“It was a level of competition that allowed us to work on some techniques and polish some things up,” Pippinger said.

Bainbridge won seven of the 14 weight classes, two by forfeit.

There were double forfeits in the 106- and 200-pound weight classes.

Lakeside’s Ramses Sanchez won the 113-pound class by forfeit.

Spartan wrestler Greg Williams won the 120-pound class, pinning his opponent in 5:33. Likewise Jonathan Gallivan won the 126-pound class by pinning Lakeside’s Jonathan Castillo in 3:20.

Chaney Weaver won the 132-pound class by forfeit.

Jack Miller’s performance in the 138-pound class proved one of the more exciting rounds of the match, with neither wrestler gaining immediate advantage. He did manage to pin Lakeside’s BJ Dondoyano in 1:43 for the win.

Lakeside won the 145-pound class by forfeit.

In the 152-pound class Bainbridge’s Dylan Read pinned Cole Stephens in 3:02.

Lakeside’s Sam Dunietz went the distance against BHS’s Joaquin Gurza in the 160-pound class, but it was not enough and Gurza was named the victor with a round score of 15-2.

BHS lost the 170-pound class when Lakeside’s Jaydon Brown pinned David Grytten in 17 seconds.

Both the 182- and 195-pound classes were won by forfeit, by Lakeside and BHS respectively.

Finally, Lakeside’s Daniel Gonzalez claimed a victory by forfeit in the 285-pound class.

Speaking to the question of home field advantage, and whether such a thing exists in wrestling, Pippinger said he feels that the Spartans always benefit from the encouragement of the hometown crowd.

“Our guys are comfortable here,” he said. “They know what to expect, there’s more of our voices in the stands.”

The Spartans will host their next regular season match at home against wrestlers from O’Dea at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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