A boisterous crowd beamed as it left the Emerald Ridge High School gymnasium last Wednesday following the Jaguars’ 45-27 triumph against the Federal Way Eagles in a South Puget Sound League dual wrestling match.
The Jaguars (2-0), who went into the match knowing they would forfeit three matches, got six points each from Alex Keith (120-pound division), Jesus Quintanilla (152) Josiah Arnold (170) and Alejandro Lopez (182), all of whom won by pin.
Lopez, who earned his first victory in a dual match this year, said beating Federal Way boosted the Jaguars’ confidence.
“It’s exciting to know that we can go out there and get guys on their back and keep them on their back,” Lopez said.
Emerald Ridge wrestlers who won by decision were Talon Lepley (126), Ethan Stutz (145) and Trey Cox (285). Nick Perantie (138) won by disqualification, and Cesar Quintanilla (160) won by forfeit.
Cox defeated Federal Way’s Steven Crawford 3-2 in triple overtime.
“It was really tiring,” Cox said. “I didn’t think I could pull through, but when I saw that he (Crawford) had locked hands (which cost him a point), it boosted my confidence for me to escape in those last 20 seconds.”
Emerald Ridge head coach Jim Meyerhoff said Stutz’s 11-8 victory against Giavonee Rowe in the 145-pound division was pure determination.
“Federal Way bumped up one of their best kids for the match,” Meyerhoff said. “Ethan has been sick pretty much all week. For him to be able to pull that out ... That was a gutsy performance by him.”