Orting wrestling coach Jody Coleman likes seeing his wrestlers challenge themselves.
Sometimes that means moving up a weight class and avoiding an easier route to a title.
Two-time state champion Fred Green opted to bypass a chance to grab the top spot at 126 pounds Saturday at the Matman Classic at Central Kitsap.
Instead, the junior went for first at 132 pounds — and came up a win short.
Green fell behind Lake Stevens’ Noah Cuzzetto early and couldn’t recover, falling 11-2.
Green trailed Cuzzetto 6-0 and sported a bloody nose by the time the first round ended.
“He got caught in a bad position after a scramble and got put in a cradle,” Orting coach Jody Coleman said. “It’s 5-0 before you know it.
“Against a kid like that, it’s game over.”
Coleman said Green had already beaten Saturday’s 126-pound winner, Jake Douglas of Lake Stevens, earlier in the season.
So, Green wanted to see what he could do at a higher weight in one of the state’s toughest in-season tournaments.
“He’s just a kid who’s not afraid of competition,” Coleman said.
Orting’s other finalist, Rico Ybarra, also settled for second place.
Ybarra lost to Tahoma’s OJ Jenkins, 9-4, in the 152-pound championship match.
Tahoma ended up winning the tournament team title with 171 points behind three individual champions: Jenkins, Justin Weiding (145) and Tucker Mjelde (160).
Lake Stevens took second with 160 points.
The Vikings had four individual champions: Cuzzetto, Douglas, Alex Rodorigo (120) and Cody Vigoren (195).
Moses Lake, Mount Spokane and Enumclaw rounded out the top five in the team standings.
Graham-Kapowsin finished sixth, Orting was 10th and Auburn Riverside came in 13th.
Graham-Kapowsin’s Corde Ferreira won the 138-pound title, knocking off Mount Spokane’s Rich Bondurant 13-7.
Eagles teammate Tyler Klein took second place at 182 pounds.
Three-time state champion Bobby Reece of Kingston won the championship at 170 pounds, dominating Enumclaw’s Sean Wei, 10-0.