The outcome of a dual match between the Todd Beamer Titans and Puyallup Vikings came down to the final match last Wednesday, and Beamer’s Isaiah Belle didn’t panic when he fell behind 2-0.
Belle, the Titans’ 145-pounder, shut out Puyallup’s Justin Janker the rest of the way. He secured a 9-2 decision and helped Beamer to a 35-31 win against the Vikings in the South Puget Sound League match at Puyallup High School.
“I just kept working and kept getting takedowns,” Belle said. “My mindset was to go in hard and win the match. I have been training too hard to let my team down.”
Puyallup wrestlers Steven Reaves and Joey Meyer each pinned their Beamer opponents, while Daniel Tanielu and Tristan Cleck each won decisions. Matt Voss and Trent Nivala won by forfeit.
First-year Vikings head coach Aaron Lee said Beamer provided a challenge because the Titans won the South Puget Sound League last season.
“Overall, I’m happy, but I’m not happy because I hate losing,” Lee said. “We kept the match close, and we had our chance to win the dual in our last match. It just didn’t go our way this time.”
Lee was particularly impressed with the showing of 126-pounder Ryan Colkitt against Beamer’s Spenser Murphy.
“Ryan did very well against a wrestler who was in the state tournament last year,” Lee said. “He lost, but he kept it within four points.”
Reaves wrestled up a weight class to get his pin.
“I was very thrilled to see that,” Lee said. “That was a big surprise, and I don’t think Todd Beamer was expecting that.”
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