Newberg wrestling adds another runner-up finish
The Newberg wrestling team continued its strong start to the season with a second-place showing at the Northwest Duals tournament Thursday and Friday at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany.
The Tigers ran roughshod over the field until coming up against Dallas, which prevailed 37-21 in the final.
It was the third consecutive runner-up finish for Newberg, which placed second to Flathead (Mont.) in both the dual and individual tournament portions of the Best of the West event in its previous outing prior to Christmas.
The Tigers went 5-0 with wins over Cascade, Bend, Glencoe, South Albany and McKay to win their group and advance to the championship bracket, where they opened with a 60-13 win over Hood River Valley.
Newberg added a 57-15 victory over McMinnville before facing its first true test of the weekend against Sprague in the semifinals.
The Tigers opened with five straight wins, from Harrison Womack, Micah Worthington, Christopher Strange, Cody Fettig, and Zack Irving, to go up 28-0 early and surrendered just one fall in its six setbacks to make the difference. Also earning decisions for Newberg were Rowan Gallardo, Kaydn Lauer and Tristan Osborn.
It was much tougher sledding against the Dragons, but the Tigers did get wins from Worthington, Strange and Fettig to go up 12-6 after four matches. Dallas then reeled off five straight victories from 132 to 160 pounds to pull ahead 28-12.
Newberg answered back with a major decision by Oliver Myers at 170 and a 6-0 decision by Lauer at 182, but it wasn't enough, even with Osborn's 3-1 win at heavyweight.
Newberg will travel to West Linn to face the Lions and Lakeridge in a pair of Three Rivers League dual matches before heading to Redmond Friday and Saturday for the Annual Oregon Classic.
St. Paul 71, Perrydale 70 — Justin Herberger scored a team-high 22 points and Campbell Smith posted 21, as the Bucks (7-4) edged their former and soon-to-be re-united 1A rivals Friday night. The Bucks shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor, helping to offset a 29-point performance by Pirate Cooper Butler.
St. Paul 37, Perrydale 14 — Sophomore forward Isabelle Weiss led the Bucks (8-3) to an easy win with 18 points and four rebounds. Do-everything sophomore Erin Counts added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in the victory Friday night.
David Douglas Double Distance meet — The Newberg boys and girls combined to win 13 total events, including a sweep in the 400 freestyle relay. The boys foursome of Ty Patterson, Eryigit Nevres, Raleigh Day and Trey Fincher posted a time of 3:32.64 to win the meet-closing event by over six seconds. The girls foursome of Halley Harper, Riley Jentges, Nikki Rubottom and Tina Childress clocked a time of 4:00.30 to win by 6.15 seconds.