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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS o SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009More sports/C2-3 C Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/C$ Schools/C6 BY GREG FARRAR Brandon Pearson (above), Issaquah junior, upends Eastlake's Ny.kolai Peterson on the way to a first-period pin in their 119-pound match. His was the first of seven Issaquah pins for the night MaxTickman, Issaquah freshman (right, below), avoids the pin by Eastlake's Max Benjamin in the exciting 103-pound match. Eagles take renewal of Eastlake rivalry BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER 'The Issaquah High School Eagles won 10 of 14 bouts against the East- lake Wolves in a Jan. 8 dual match at Eastlake High School. The final score was 58-23 Is- saquah, in what was a quick but feisty meet on both sides of the mat. "We came out looking flat," East- lake coach Riley Corner said. "We didn't attack, We were no t very ag- gressive." The meet was both teams' second league match of the season. After a lax winter break, Easflake is now 2-2 overall in dual meets and Issaquah is 2-1. This was the first time the two schools' wrestling teams faced off in years, as Issaquah just this year moved up to KingCo 4A competition from Class 3A. Issaquah coach Kirk Hyatt said his players have been working on finish- ing moves to score points. "We've had a hard time turning the corner," he said, "but we've been working on it. It worked today." The highlight of the night, based on the crowd's reaction, was the final dE]y (}REG FARIAR Ban Tickman (top), tssaquah senior, works to drive Eastlake's Shay Fuentes to his back in their 130-pound match. bout in the 103-pound class; East- lake's Max Benjamin ultimately beat Issaquah's Max Tickman by technical fall, but the 86-pound Tickman, a freshman, got the crowd going by avoiding a pin with his squirminess. "He's a fighter, s said an observing parent. Both came out on the mat ready to battle. Benjamin clearly dominated the bout, scoring 15 points by the third-quarter end, but Tickman eluded numerous pin attempts and staved off defeat. With 30 seconds left in the third period, Benjamin nearly pinned Tick- man, but parents, students and team- mates went wild as he rocked back and forth under the hold of Benjamin. The clock expired without a pin. Issaquah senior Dalton Baunsgard won his 112-pound bout against See EAGLES, Page C3 Patriots win invitational without posting any individual titles BY RYAN PIERSOL pionship," said Brown, in his third 4 loss to Redmond's Nolan It seems Manny Brown won't have to do any more preaching to his team about working as one -- they're already a step ahead of him. On Jan. 10, at its own invita- tional, the Liberty High School wrestling squad failed to win a single weight class. Still, in true team fashion, the Patriots man- aged to pull out the tournament championship. "That's a great accomplishment, winning without a personal cham- season as Liberty's head coach. "It means the whole team chipped in and did a great job coming through with points when we needed them." The team standings weren't that close, either. The Patriots took first place with 175 points, while Kent- Meridian was second with 157 and Redmond third with 142.5. Henry Foss, which had a slew of individual champions, placed fourth with 142 points. The closest Liberty came to win- ning a weight class was at 135, where Hamilton Noel suffered a 5- Thomas. A takedown by Noel was ruled to have come one second af- ter the match ended, paving the way to a win for Thomas. It was the second time this sea- son for Noel to lose in a close match to the Redmond rival. "It was close," he said. "I feel like I should've won. I just let him out of a headlock that cost me." TWo other Liberty wrestlers ad- vanced to the finals in their respec- tive weight classes. Wright Noel fell See PATRIOTS, Page C3 Skyllne's Ashton Powell swims in the 200-yard freestyle. He fin- ished fourth in the event with a time of 2:15.34. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Liberty High School wrestler Wright Noel's headgear slips down during his match against Andrew Smith, of Kent-Meridian, in the championship match of the 140- pound weight class at the Uberty Invitational. BY RYAN PIERSOL Skyline sunk by Newport in first meet after weather delays BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER The Skyline and Newport high schools boys swim and dive teams had just an hour and a half to get through their entire meet Jan. 8 at Boehm Pool in Issaquah. With 99 swimmers competing between the two schools, there was no time to dillydally between heats. Pool managers reminded officials of the 5 p.m. open swim start. They managed to finish on time, but Skyline came out on the losing end. Newport (3-1), which had 65 boys on the junior varsity and var- sity, beat the Spartans 119-66. Skyline is now 2-1 on the season. "It was a loss, but our guys, for the most part, swam really well," said Skyline coach Susan Simp- "There weren't any really, really over-the-top swims, but they all really tried hard. It was a really good team effort for our guys:' - Susan Simpkins Spartans boys swim ooach ks. It was the second meet of the week for Newport and the first one for Skyline since the extra-long winter break. Both Simpkins and Newport coach Eric Bartleson said they were happy to have their boys back in the pool after prac- tices and meets were cancelled due to snow. Newport placed first in 12 of the 15 events Jan. 8, but Skyline had a strong showing of finishers in the top five spots in each race. But due to its strong depth in all events, Newport swept the top three places in the 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, 50- yard breaststroke and 50-yard backstroke. "They're really well-rounded," Simpkins said. Senior Nic Kosenkranius won the diving portion of the meet with a score of 159.4 points. The Spar- tans seemed to perform well in the relay events. Skyline's Mitchel Cor- son, Alex Marber, David Jett and Connor Lawhead took second in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 52.9 seconds. Skyline See SWIMMING, Page C3