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St. Helens sophomore rides a pair of pins to first place as Lions celebrate fourth

PHOTO CREDIT: AMY GADBOIS - St. Helens' Ethan Hubbs celebrates his 132-pound Tillamook Smoker Invitational championship with his cheese prize.PHOTO CREDIT: AMY GADBOIS - Shawn Lee beat Dayton's Kody Fuller 13-9 for third at 152.PHOTO CREDIT: AMY GADBOIS - Willie Webb pinned Forest Grove's Esaias Castaneda-Cortez for fifth at 145.PHOTO CREDIT: AMY GADBOIS - Ryan Burri pinned Amity's Russell Brown for fifth at 170.

Ethan Hubbs is the Lions' first champion of the new season.

The sophomore, after Class 2A/1A Neah-Kah-Nie second-year Austin Dunn withdrew with a quarterfinal injury, pinned Class 6A Forest Grove junior Andres Echeverria-Gonzalez in three semifinal minutes and made quick work of Central sophomore Ty Pearson in 17 seconds for the title at the Tillamook Smoker Invitational Friday, Dec. 1.

"Ethan has been working very hard during both the preseason and during the season to improve his ability to attack on his feet, which paid off at this weekends tournament," St. Helens coach Greg Gadbois said. "He is determined to continue to improve, and is a huge asset to the program, also volunteering at the kids' wrestling club three days a week."

In third for St. Helens were Shawn Lee, who beat Class 3A Dayton sophomore Kody Fuller for 13-9 for third at 152, and Caleb Carter, who got the better of Neah-Kah-Nie junior Travis Jonsson in :10.

Coming up fifth were Willie Webb (145) with a pin of Forest Grove senior Esaias Castaneda-Cortez in 1:10, Ryan Burri (170), who pinned Class 3A Amity sophomore Russell Brown in :03, and Benjamin Torres (285), who survived Forest Grove junior Julius Jones 6-3 for fifth.

Trevor Cissney (195) fell to Central sophomore Corbin Sedlacek in :38 for sixth.

Tillamook ran away with 272.5 points ahead of runner-up Central (135.5) and Class 3A Willamina as St. Helens (87) emerged fourth in the 11-team field.

"I was very happy with our fourth-place performance," Gadbois said. "Since the majority of our kids are first-year wrestlers or freshmen and they competed in the separate novice tournament, we went into the tournament short-handed at the varsity level with only seven point-scorers out of 14 weight classes. Those seven wrestled extremely well, winning six out of seven placing matches with Ethan in first."

The Lions are scheduled next for the Springfield Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.

TILLAMOOK SMOKER INVITATIONAL

Friday, Dec. 1, at Tillamook High School

132 Ethan Hubbs (Champion)

Quarterfinals: Hubbs def. Austin Dunn, Neah-Kah-Nie, injury; Semifinals: Hubbs pinned Andres Echeverria-Gonzalez, Forest Grove, 3:00; Championship: Hubbs pinned Ty Pearson, Central, :17.

145 Justin Garcia

Garcia pinned Esaias Castaneda-Cortez, Forest Grove, 2:59; Quarterfinals: Jacob Skjei, Willamina/Falls City, pinned Garcia, 2:30; Consolation semifinals: William Webb, St. Helens, pinned Garcia, :59.

145 Willie Webb (Fifth)

Quarterfinals: Devon Lindquist, Taft, def. Webb, 15-9; Consolation semifinals: Webb pinned Justin Garcia, :59; Fifth-place match: Webb pinned Esaias Castaneda-Cortez, Forest Grove, 1:10.

152 Shawn Lee (Third)

Quarterfinals: Lee pinned Christopher Arguello, Dayton, :41; Semifinals: Dylan Dickson, Tillamook, pinned Lee, :45; Third-place match: Lee def. Kody Fuller, Dayton, 13-9.

170 Ryan Burri (Fifth)

Quarterfinals: Eli McRae, Tillamook, pinned Ryan Burri, 1:47; Consolation semifinals: Burri pinned Austin O'Brien, Roosevelt, :52; Fifth-place match: Burri pinned Russell Brown, Amity, :03.

182 Cody Leanna

Ayite Mettle, Newport, pinned Leanna; Nathan Konovalov, Willamina/Falls City, pinned Leanna, 1:00.

195 Trevor Cissney

Quarterfinals: Zadok Burr, Amity, pinned Trevor Cissney, :39; Consolation semifinals: Cissney received a bye; Fifth-place match: Corbin Sedlacek, Central, pinned Cissney, :38;

195 Cade Duarte

Quarterfinals: Raul Monteio, Roosevelt, pinned Duarte, 3:02; Consolation semifinals: Corbin Sedlacek, Central, pinned Duarte, :22.

285 Caleb Carter (Third)

Quarterfinals: Caleb Carter pinned Jordan Mode, Willamina/Falls City, :49; Semifinals: Caleb Sedlacek, Central, pinned Caleb Carter, 2:16; Third-place match: Carter pinned Travis Jonsson, Neah-Kah-Nie, :10.

285 Benjamin Torres (Fifth)

Torres received a bye; Quarterfinals: Keegan Cook, Willamina/Falls City, pinned Torres, :34; Consolation semifinals: Torres pinned Daniel McKinney, Roosevelt, 1:40; Fifth-place match: Torres def. Julius Jones, Forest Grove, 6-3.

Team scores

1. Tillamook 272.5

2. Central 135.5

3. Willamina 113

4. St. Helens 87

5. Neah-Kah-Nie 72

6. Forest Grove 71

7. Dayton 67

8. Roosevelt 45

9. Taft 39

10. Amity 25

11. Newport 20

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