Senior Isaiah Goodrich took the 182-pound state title, his fourth consecutive placing performance

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Isaiah Goodrich won the state title at 182 pounds after trailing 5-0 early in the match.PORTLAND - After four years of blood sweat and tears, four years of growth, victory and defeat, Scappoose senior Isaiah Goodrich is finally a state champion. Goodrich pinned Gunnar Robirts of Crook County in 4:58, capping an incredible high school career in which he placed at state four years in a row.

Early on, it looked like Goodrich might not make it to the second period. He trailed 5-0, and barely escaped a pin. The response, though, is one that Scappoose wrestlers may remember for years to come. Goodrich finally got back up on his feet, and started to work. By the time the fall came, he was leading 9-5.

"The first person I looked at was my dad," said Goodrich, who mentioned that having his family there to support him was both a blessing, and a source of additional nerves.

Over all, the Indians took third in the Class 4A competition, trailing Crook County and Henley, but far outdistancing the fourth place team. Scappoose took 12 wrestlers to the state tournament, and got placing performances from eight. In addition to Goodrich’s title, the weekend saw second-place finishes from Devin Ray at 220 pounds, and Ben Gadbois at 170. Braxton Sue and Johnathan Tardif each placed third at 106 and 160 pounds respectively, and the Indians got fourth place finished from Taylor Walden (126) and Tyson Broadbent. Senior Hunter Hoyt finished fifth at 145 pounds.

For full coverage of the 2014 wrestling state championships, see the March 7 edition of the Spotlight.

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