Oregon City's Lane Marshall falls to Newberg's Tristan Osborn in final
Oregon City's Lane Marshall took a calculated risk when he decided to qualify for the OSAA Class 6A wrestling state championships as a heavyweight rather stick to the 220-pound weight class.
The plan worked fine right up until Saturday's champion finals when the 236-pound Marshall ran into 270-pound Tristan Osborn of Newberg.
Newberg used his size advantage to wear down Marshall in a scoreless first period, then scored a reversal and took Marshall to his back in the second round to claim the heavyweight title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"I don't think I came out as ready as I thought I was," Marshall said. "I could have come out a little bit harder.
"I was giving up a lot of weight. When someone's hanging on your head and he has 40 pounds on you, that's a lot of weight."
After neither wrestler scored in the first round, Osborn chose down, looking to score at least one point with escape, or two points if there was an opportunity for a reversal.
Marshall put himself in a vulnerable position when he tried to lock in a leg ride and too much of his weight too high up over Osborn's shoulders. High enough, in fact, that all Osborn had to shrug Marshall forward and then pop up behind for the reversal.
From there, Osborn went for what he called his "Big Red series" in which he curled Marshall's wrists, pulled his arms up, and basically bull dogged the Pioneers' junior onto his back.
Official time of the fall was 3:14.
"I was trying to not let him up and turn him, but I threw in a sloppy leg ride and it cost me," Marshall said.
Osborn's win avenged a 7-6 loss to Marshall in last year's 220-pound state quarterfinals.
"He (Marshall) has been wrestling 220 all year, so heavyweight was a little bit of a shock for him when there are guys like me who weigh 270 riding him out all match," Osborn said. "I think my weight helped me and I think I've been getting better ever since the day he beat me last year."
If Marshall had it to do over again, he might like to reconsider his decision to wrestle heavyweight.
"I don't know," he said. "I'm kind of regretting the decision. I'm thinking I would have done better at 220. But I could have done better. I could have won this."
Oregon City's Sage Brown, seeded No. 5 at 120 pounds, lost to top-seeded Hunter Sparks of Roseburg in the semifinals. Sparks went on to win the state title, while Brown lost two consolation matches and finished sixth.