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Sunnyside heavyweight forced to pick up the pace

No coach likes it when his wrestlers are tagged with stall calls, and especially when its the big 285-pounders.

And, yes, Sunnyside’s George Paulus was full of fire about how the referee at Thursday night’s match at Pasco was expecting the big guys — his Adam Peters and the Bulldogs’ Albert Torres — to be as active as 103-pounders.

Peters was hit with two second-period stalls that essentially erased his first-period takedown, and Torres led 3-2 heading into the third. Torres himself was hit with a stall warning. The match ended when Peters pulled out a late throw and got the pin with five seconds left.

The result was another win for Peters, the top-ranked 3A big man in the state by Washington Wrestling Report’s calculations. It also was a quality loss for Torres that may well strengthen his seeding for the CBBN 3A district tournament, which the Bulldogs will host Feb. 4-5.

But Paulus also was happy to see Peters have to pick up his pace. Another stall would have cost him two points, and after that the match.

“I liked the way he was moving,” Paulus said. “I want him raking the arms, putting guys down, raking the head. I want him active.”

Not always easy for a guy who is much bigger than the 6-foot-3, 265 pounds he was listed in football. Peters is a massive, powerful wrestler who, according to his coach, has to cut a few LBs to slip under the 285 cutoff.

Sunnyside is ranked among the best 3A teams in the state, and the Grizzlies will have plenty of placers come Mat Classic. But Peters is probably their top candidate for a state champion this year, unusual for a school famous for turning the little guys into big-time successes.

In fact, Sunnyside has never had a champion in the biggest weight, something Peters has every intention of changing: “I want to be the first.”