The Peninsula High wrestling team was light on bodies Saturday at the South Kitsap Wrestling Invitational, but in the end, a couple of Seahawks walked away with individual titles.
Senior Chance Stoltz has been rolling through his competition these past few weeks, and that didn’t stop in the 195-pound championship match against Rogers High’s Austin Sprankle.
“It’s just another day. It’s just another live match … you just got to go out there and treat it like practice, because that’s comfort you’re going to need in order to wrestle,” Stoltz said.
Stoltz looked comfortable, picking up a pin over Sprankle in the second round at 2 minutes, 47 seconds.
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“Chance is doing a great job as he’s putting a lot of things together,” Peninsula coach Mark Nickels said. “He’s got a lot of confidence in matches, and one of the things we talk about is whether it’s the first round or the finals, it’s still live wrestling. You’re putting your best matches together, and don’t put any more weight on that match or the match before it.”
The win secured the first of two championships for Peninsula as the team finished in seventh place with a score of 81.5 points.
Michael Campigotto (120 pounds) got some retribution in his championship-match win over South Kitsap’s Deion Anderson after scoring a 2-0 decision.
Anderson was hard to pin down in their past matches, which resulted in the SK wrestling scoring wins over Campigotto in the past. But Saturday afternoon’s match was different as Campigotto was able to wrangle in Anderson for three rounds.
“The big difference is how I wrestled on top today,” Campigotto said. “The past couple of matches I wrestled against him, he’s gotten away in 30 seconds every time.”
Peninsula next hosts Auburn Mountainview in a dual meet on Wednesday (Jan. 27).