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East County crowns three state champions

David Douglas takes fifth in the 6A team standings


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - Greshams Colby Winnett won the 160-pound bracket with a 3-2 decision in the finals.Centennial’s Michael McGuire was the last wrestler to leave the Veterans Memorial Coliseum floor at the state championships on Saturday. It was only fitting that he leave with one of the most dramatic victories of the tournament.

McGuire won the 285-pound state title by defeating Canby’s Alejandro Sandoval 6-5 in the final seconds of the ultimate tiebreaker with every spectator, wrestler and coach in the arena looking on.

“This is unbelievable,” McGuire said. “This is the greatest feeling in the world, I can’t even describe it.”

McGuire led the hard-fought bout 2-1 with 30 seconds left in the third round, but Sandoval scored a reversal to take a 3-2 lead. McGuire reversed the positions back within a few seconds then Sandoval escaped to tie the match 4-4 in a wild finish that sent the bout to overtime where McGuire won in the ride out stage.

McGuire’s stunning victory was preceded by another tightly-contested battle. David Douglas’ Osawaru Odighizuwa went into the 220-pound title matchup boasting an undefeated record and the bracket’s top seed, but he had to face his toughest opponent of the year, No. 2 Dakota Church from Newberg, using a reversal 15 seconds into the third period to claim a 2-1 decision.

David Douglas finished fifth in the team standings.

Gresham’s Colby Winnett won an individual title for the Gophers with a win in the finals that closely resembled Odighizuwa’s victory. No. 2 Winnett trailed top-seeded Ian Thomas of Roseburg 1-0 entering the final round, so he wisely chose to start the third period down. After an initial struggle, Winnett broke Thomas’ hold and wasted no time attacking. Within seconds of his escape, Winnett had Thomas on the mat with a winning two-point takedown.

Look for expanded tournament coverage in our Tuesday, March 4, print edition.




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