Fife outlasts Sumner in key South Puget Sound League dual

Wrestling: Trojans win last four matches to overcome tough rival

of the HeraldDecember 25, 2013 

Fife High School 195-pound grappler Allen Richards, left, stops Sumner’s Zach Summers from an escape attempt. Richards defeated Summers 12-0 in the match, and Fife edged Sumner in the dual, 34-26.


Fife’s Monike Sarte couldn’t wait for his team to face the Sumner Spartans on Thursday night.

The Trojans’ 285-pounder wanted a shot at the Spartans, who have become one of the top Class 2A wrestling programs in the state.

Fife wasn’t intimidated and earned a 34-26 dual-match victory at Sumner High School.

The Spartans, who have been coached by Matthew Harshman since the 2010-11 season, have become one of the top 2A wrestling programs in Washington.

“We knew it was going to be a tough one,” Sarte said. “Sumner always has had a good wrestling program. Our studs just brought it tonight. Our younger kids, they just fought so hard. You have to give it to them.”

Sumner had a 26-16 lead with four matches left, but Fife won four consecutive tilts to capture the victory.

Harshman said Fife was a good test for his squad.

“Fife is a great team,” he said. “They brought their best. They got the bonus points (major decisions) at the end of matches, and they got the falls (pins). We just didn’t do the little things to be the best. They just beat us tonight.”

Sumner will face tough Class 4A teams Kentridge and Kentwood in non-league duals during the holiday break.

“We want to continue wrestling against tough competition,” he said.

“We want to be able to catch those guys (Fife) at the end of the season at sub-districts. We know we have to get better.”

Sumner wrestlers who won by pin were Tanner Petcovic (113), Nathan James (120) and Jed Schliesman (170). The Spartans’ Liam Hagerty (152) and Josisah Schliesman (160) won by decision.

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