Bispham, Burton place high

Milwaukie High School matmen placed in the middle of the pack at an 11-team tournament held at Milwaukie on Saturday.

The Mustangs (51 points) placed fifth in the team standings, finishing back of Glencoe (179), Silverton (110), Churchill (107) and Southridge (85). Other teams participating included: St. Helens, South Salem, Wilson, Willamette, Lincoln and Lakeridge.

Milwaukie had eight wrestlers place. Juniors Clay Bispham (220) and Chris Burton (138) were Milwaukie’s top performers, placing second and third respectively.

Bispham dropped a 4-2 heartbreaker to Cody Gubbels of Silverton in his final, after advancing through falls over Harrison Keefer of Lincoln and Josh Stott of Glencoe. It took Bispham just 47 seconds to dispatch with Keefer.

Burton won three matches by fall, pinning Christian Chan of Glencoe in just 26 seconds of their finals match. He also earned third-round falls over Darren Buckley of Silverton and over Zac Coleman of Lincoln. Burton dropped a 7-2 decision to Emery Shandil of Southridge in the championship semifinals.

Other Milwaukie placers included: juniors Jordan Ostrander (126) and Dre Edwards (132), fourth; sophomore River Meyer (160), fifth; sophomore Anthony Flynn (195), fifth; and senior David Ferguson (182) and sophomore Chris Kamhoot (195), sixth.

Putnam and Milwaukie wrestling teams met the Northwest Oregon Conference’s top teams in last Friday’s dual meets and both teams got blown out.

Sandy edges Sherwood

Sherwood on Jan. 30 won four matches by fall and four matches by forfeit en route to a 57-21 trouncing of Putnam; Sandy on Jan. 30 turned its match with Milwaukie into a pinfest, winning 13 of the 14 matches, eight of them by fall and three by forfeit.

Sandy on Jan. 29 all but locked up the NWOC conference dual crown, winning 38-36 in a barnburner at Sherwood. Sandy improved to 5-0 with the win, while Sherwood slipped to 4-1 with the loss.

“It was an awesome match!” said Sherwood athletic director Randy Ramp. “It came down to the last match. Sandy needed a pin at 285 [Alec Paola over Cameron Beebee] to win it.”

Putnam had three winners on the mat in last week’s home meet with the Bowmen. Putnam freshman Kane Hernandez (106) pinned freshman Brandon Cole; Putnam junior Juan Hernandez (220) pinned senior Martin Layna; and Putnam junior Doug Fry (182) decisioned senior Cornelius Keohane, 12-10 in overtime.

Milwaukie had only one winner in its meet at Sandy. Milwaukie junior Chris Burton pinned Sandy’s Blane Hays in 1:22.

Milwaukie (2-3) will be looking for its third dual win of the season this Thursday, when the Mustangs host Parkrose (0-5). Putnam (0-5) returns to action Thursday at Liberty (3-2).

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