PORT ANGELES — Three of the four wrestling teams on the North Olympic Peninsula wrestled in a non-counting tournament Tuesday night at Port Angeles High School.
“It was just a chance to get the kids warmed up and to get a look at them,” Port Angeles coach Erik Gonzalez said.
Forks and Port Townsend joined the Roughriders in the first major workout of the season.
“Our kids looked pretty good,” Gonzalez said.
The Riders weren’t at full strength because some of the wrestlers haven’t gotten in their needed number of practices and some are nursing slight injuries.
There were two major matches of the evening, though.
In one, Adam Raemer of Port Angeles beat Travis Petrovich of Forks 2-0 in a showdown between state competitors at 152 pounds.
Then at 135 pounds, Andrew Symonds, a two-time regional competitor, went against Port Townsend state veteran Ryan Unbedacht.
That match, though, did not last long when Unbedacht’s face began swelling, nearly shutting one of his eyes.
“That stopped the match,” Gonzalez said. “No one knew what exactly happened.”
Next up for most area wrestling teams is the Forks Invitational on Saturday. Action starts at 10 a.m.
Boys Basketball Hoquiam 72, Forks 46
FORKS — Class 2A Hoquiam gave the 1A Spartans a lesson in their first game of the season Tuesday night.
There wasn’t much size difference in the two teams but there was a big difference in speed, coach Scott Justus said.
“They were a lot faster,” Justus said. “The difference is we’re very young.”
The Spartans currently are starting a junior and four sophomores.
Frank Noles led Forks with 16 points and 7 rebounds while Fernando Hernandez added 11 points and 5 rebounds.
The Spartans next play at Chimacum on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
Hoquaim 72, Forks 46
Hoquiam 17 21 17 17 — 72
Forks 7 15 14 12 — 46
(Top 3) Bryan Irion 18, Dylan Morgan 12, Chad Campos 11.
Frank Noles 16, Fernando Hernandez 11, Tyler Penn 3, Brady Costellano 5, Alexis Ayala 2, Brandon Decker 2, Bryce Johnson 5, Cameron Leons 2.
Interlake 57, Sequim 48
SEQUIM — The Wolves dropped their first game of the season in a nonleague battle to Interlake on Monday night.
Sequim led 15-9 after the first quarter but Interlake took the lead at halftime and held on even though the Wolves stayed close.
Interlake led 25-22 at halftime and 38-36 going into the final period.
“We turned the ball over too much and didn’t shoot the ball really well, plus we gave them too many easy baskets at the end of the game,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said.
Senior forward Clancy Catelli led the Wolves with 17 points while senior guard John Textor added 10.
Ricky Aaron sparked Interlake with 21 points while Zac Johnston sank 17.
Sequim next will host Klahowya on Friday night starting at 7.
North Mason 68, Chimacum 57
BELFAIR — What a difference a year makes.
The Cowboys were blown out by 79 points to eventual Olympic League champion North Mason a year ago but stayed with the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
“North Mason is a lot bigger than us, and I thought we played really well,” Chimacum coach Jim Eldridge said.
Eldridge took over the boys program this year after coaching the girls for several years.
“We are young and North Mason had pretty much the same team they had last year except for two guards,” Eldridge said.
North Mason led at the end of every period. The Bulldogs had a slim 17-16 first-quarter lead and expanded it to 33-28 at halftime and 48-40 at the end of three periods.
But the Cowboys were right there until the end.
Landon Cray led the Cowboys with 19 points while Quinn Eldridge added 12, Rafael Pagasina had 11.
The Cowboys next play Kingston on Thursday and host Forks on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball North Mason 38, Chimacum 33
CHIMACUM — Class 2A North Mason just got by the 1A Cowboys in a nonleague game Tuesday night.
“We just ran out of gas,” Chimacum coach Mike Clarke said. “We couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth quarter. We were tired after playing two games in two days.”
The Cowboys led throughout the game, including 17-11 at halftime and 24-19 at the end of three quarters but the Bulldogs outscored them 19-9 in the final period.
Brittany Nelson led the Cowboys with 12 points while Kaylie Castillo added 7.The Cowboys next host Forks on Friday night at 7.