Bainbridge bested both O’Dea and Eastside Catholic during the varsity wrestling team’s first match of the season Thursday, Dec. 5.
The match took place at Bainbridge High School, days after a jamboree-style meet at Central Kitsap, which kicked off the season for the Spartan grapplers.
Against EC, the Spartans enjoyed several forfeit wins, but, of those who met challengers on the mat, as many won as lost. Still, the island squad finished in front, 36-12.
BHS’ Beck Gibson claimed a win over Michael Viscardi in 1:06 in the 152-pound bracket.
Spartan co-captain Ben Dunscombe bested Zach Sheehan in 3:25 in the 160-pound match.
However, EC’s Noah Kirby (170-pounds) then pinned Caroline Michaels in 37 seconds, and Conner Boehl pinned Bainbridge’s Wyatt Goad in 1:25 for a win in the 195-pound match.
Things were much closer against O’Dea (30-24), though BHS still took the top spot.
First, O’Dea’s Angus Giaquinta pinned Spartan co-captain Sagel Bush in 1:55 in the 145-pound match.
In the 152-pound bracket, Dunscombe claimed a win over Michael Aksdahl in 4:48.
Michaels was again pinned in 37 seconds exactly, by O’Dea’s Oscar Giaquinta in the 170-pound match.
Bainbridge’s Wyatt Goad bested Griffen Wicks in 3:11.
BHS’ Garrett Swanson (106-pounds) pinned Jade Santistevan in 39 seconds, and Harrison Cate did the same to O’Dea’s Thomas Seiwart in 50 seconds to win the 120-pound bracket.
However, O’Dea’s Conner Richardson did defeat Levi Field-Bennett in 3:18 in the 126-pound bracket.
The Spartans will not wrestle at home again until Saturday, Jan. 11, when they host the annual Island Invitational tournament.