Narte, Remy finish fourth at state

Eli Narte won his first match in the 140-pound 3A class. - Jesse Beals/Staff Photo
Eli Narte won his first match in the 140-pound 3A class.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

BHS seniors Eli Narte and Mason Remy both placed fourth at Mat Classic XXI at the Tacoma Dome last weekend, marking the team’s best performance in 11 years. Chris Shipp was second and Tyler Carner fourth in 1998.

“No one expected them to do this well,” said coach Dan Pippinger. “They really performed at their best and accomplished what they are capable of.”

Along with Alec Griewe and Mike Furman, the Spartans finished 19th among 57 3A teams who scored points. This was well ahead of the other Metro League schools that beat Bainbridge in dual meets because of all the forfeits the eight-man team had to give up.

“We didn’t have a lot of success as a team during the season,” Pippinger said. “So it was gratifying to have our ability show up in the end in the team scores.”

Wrestling at 140 pounds, Narte opened the tournament with a 12-5 decision, then lost by technical fall to eventual champion Jason Gray of Enumclaw, who finished 42-0 for the season.

Narte rebounded, winning a 9-1 decision Friday, then winning a fall less than a minute into his first match on Saturday morning and eking out a 6-4 decision a couple of hours later.

In the match for third place, he faced Gray’s teammate, Josh Musick, whose victories included a fall at :42, two technical falls and a major decision. Musick defeated Narte with a technical fall. The only sour note in Musick’s performance was a 3-2 loss in double overtime to Brandon Yeik of Olympic, whom Gray later defeated for the championship.

The 189-pound Remy began with an 11-7 decision. After being pinned in his second match to eventual runnerup Ryan Nelson of Ferndale, Remy responded with a fall at :52 on Friday, then won 9-3 and 10-8 decisions on Saturday.

In the third-place match, he faced Andres Garcia of Bremerton, who pinned him late in the first round after “taking advantage of some uncharacteristic position errors,” said Pippinger.

Coming so early, the fall negated Remy’s primary advantage during the tournament – his conditioning. “Except for his pin, he came from behind in the third round in his wins,” Pippinger said.

Griewe (103 pounds), a freshman, was eliminated after losing twice. Furman (145 pounds) lost a tough 3-1 decision to open the tournament, then won by fall at 1:20 in his second match. But he lost the third by a 12-0 decision and was eliminated.

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