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Wrestling crushes Bellevue
By Matt Phelps
The Mercer Island wrestling team is proving that they are for real this season despite being over loaded with first-year wrestlers.
The Islanders won their second meet of the year Thursday as they destroyed Bellevue 65-12 with seven pins.
Mercer Island's Alex Faith continued to show that the experience from last season is resulting in victories this year at 103 pounds. Faith worked his opponent during the first round to gain a lead but did not need the score as he earned the pin 1:42 into the second round. This was the second pin in as many weeks for Faith.
Islander Chris Fricke-Yang picked up a very quick six points for his team with a 27 second pin fall victory at 112 pounds.
Islander sophomore David Bowman fought hard against his Bellevue opponent but came up short as he was pinned midway through the second round at 119 pounds.
Mercer Island's Jackson Fisher also fell at 125 pounds, being out scored 8-2 in the decision.
At 135 pounds Islander Davin Kanafski took his opponent to school with a dominating technical fall victory of 15-0.
Islander Austin Frazier took a quicker way to having his hand held high by the referee with a 47 second pin at 140 pounds.
Mercer Island welcomed one of their varsity wrestlers from last season back to the team this week as Andreas Plackis competed in his first match of the year. Plackis showed some rust but competed at a high level. The sophomore was beat 15-8 at 160 pounds but did avoid the pin during the match.
The Islanders got back on track at 171 pounds with Tim Wettack's third-round pin of Bellevue's Eddie Mills. Wettack wore down his opponent and stuck the Wolverine's shoulders to the mat after 5:12 burned off the clock.
At 189 pounds Mercer Island earned another pin as Ben Porter forced his opponent's shoulders down for the slap and whistle at 5:08.
Mercer Island's Chris Pothoven competed at 215 pounds and earned Mercer Island's third pin in a row at 1:22 of the first round.
The Islanders closed out the Wolverines with a quick 1:04 pin by Tanner Linton at 275 pounds.
The Islanders will now have to compete against an opponent they can't pin -- winter break and seasonal food. Maintaining weight over winter break is always challenge for wrestlers in high school. The team will still hold practices in preparation for their next meet, Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. against Sammamish at Mercer Island High School.