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Hillsboro Schools Century, Hilhi and Liberty represent at one of state's premiere invitationals

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Hilhi's Tristan Keffer wrestles in an early round match during the Reser's Tournament of Champions Jan. 19-20 at Liberty High School.Crook County walked away with the first place trophy at last weekend's Reser's Tournament of Champions wrestling event at Liberty High School, but Century, Hillsboro and Liberty competed admirably amongst some of the best competition in the state — and they'll all be better for it.

The Jaguars place 12th out of the 22 competing teams, while Hilhi and Liberty finished in the bottom four. Century boasted two second place performances from seniors Josh Grant and Adrian Rodriguez, who both lost decisions in the finals.

After receiving a bye as the No. 2-seed in the opening round, Rodriguez defeated Hillsboro's Christopher Day by fall in the second round, Lebanon's Joseph Blisseck by major decision in the quarterfinals, and Luke Schulz of Mountain View by a 11-7 decision to qualify for the finals. The Century senior then fell to Treve Earhart of Dallas in a hard-fought 7-4 decision in the championship match.

Grant too received an opening round bye, then dominated Sprague's GeJuan Lancaster, earning a technical fall to advance to the third round. He then defeated Aloha's Cesar Lemus by fall in the quarters and Colton Burkhardt of Crook County by a 12-7 decision before losing to standout West Linn wrestler, Sean Harman 10-4 in the 160-pound final. Harman was the 152-pound champion in last year's 6A state wrestling championships.

Century point earners included: Sean Cabanban (106) 6 points, Tanner Morris (113) 6 points, Richard Vasquez (120) 3 points, Davin Chamberlain (132) 4 points, Ernesto Alvarez (138) 5 points, Josh Grant (160) 23.5, Adrian Rodriguez (182) 23 points, and freshman Broderick Reese (285) 9 points.

Hillsboro, like Century, got a couple outstanding performances from junior Cole Siemon and sophomore Tristin Keffer.

Seimon, unseeded, finished second in the 126-pound weight division, defeating No. 4-ranked Orlando Torres from Culver in the first round, Lebanon's Andy Vandetta in the second, No. 5-seeded Colton Fleming from Aloha in the quarterfinals, and top-seeded Jackson Royer from Sweet Home in the semis before losing to No. 2-seeded Beau Ohlson of Mountain View by fall in the final.

Keffer won matches over Sweet Home's Bryce Porter in the first round, Culver's Wyatt Corwin in the second, and Lebanon's Wyatt Richardson in the quarterfinals before losing by fall in the semis to top-seeded Hunter Sparks from Roseburg.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Century's Richard Vasquez wrestles during the Reser's Tournament of Champions Jan. 19-20 at Liberty High School.Hilhi point-earners included: Brenden Le (113) 2 points, Tristin Keffer (120) 18.5 points, Cole Siemon (126) 23 points, Nick Peterson (138) 4 points, Jorge Vega-Gallardo (152) 4 points, Christopher Day (182) 3 points, and Joshua Villa-Hernandez (285) 4 points.

Host, Liberty, scored 36 points in the event and got a fourth place finish from senior Dylan Thygersen in the 285-pound weight division, while securing a fifth from junior Rafael Hinojosa in the 220-pound division.

Liberty point-earners included: Tanner Santesson (106) 3 points, Hinojosa (220) 15 points, and Thygersen (285) 18 points.

In the team competition, behind first place Crook County with 192.5 points, Dallas placed second with 152 points, Newberg third 148, Roseburg fourth 138.5, and David Douglas fifth with 130.

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