Dylan Scott, Caleb Carter lift St. Helens wrestling at Springfield Tournament
Dylan Scott and Caleb Carter came into the Springfield Tournament heavy-handed and left fourth at 182 and 285 pounds.
The Lions freshman and senior, Tristin Buchanan (fifth, 120), Willie Webb (sixth, 145) and Shawn Lee (eighth, 152) helped St. Helens to 15th with 58 points as Class 6A Tigard (215) ran away from Class 5A Central (127) for the championship Saturday, Dec. 9.
"The best part about the Springfield Tournament was the mat time because this is my second tournament since freshman year," Carter said. "The team is young, so it was good to see everyone getting to wrestle multiple times and learning as the day went on."
In girls' competition, Kara Smith (160) won the title as she pinned Willamette senior Megan Jenkinson in 2:58.
Quinnlyn Coddington (180) reached the final bout before Gold Beach senior Jade Piper scored a one-minute pin.
Megan Oyler (285) contended to the same finish as she fell to South Umpqua junior Samantha Stroud in a minute.
Siletz Valley junior Patrick Shawyer pinned Scott in 20 third-place match seconds, and Tigard third-year Javier Velasquez brought down Carter in 1:59.
"I was surprised I got my first varsity win and came in fourth place in my weight on varsity as a first-year wrestler and a freshman," Scott said.
Buchanan beat Lowell junior Justin Corp in :43 in the fifth-place match, Webb fell to Churchill sophomore Tyler Carey in 4:47 for sixth, and Dayton sophomore Kody Fuller finished Lee 7-5 in the consolation semifinals.
The Lions' fortunes improved in Springfield after they gave up eight pins and a forfeit in a 57-18 loss at Hood River Valley Thursday, Dec. 7.
"Having different guys doing well each week has been fun to watch," St. Helens coach Greg Gadbois said. "We are young in a lot of weights [and we still have a long way to go] but the kids are improving so fast, they seem to get better with each match. We also had [Springfield] placers on the girls' side: Kara Smith took first [at 160], extending her unbeaten streak to 8-0, and Quinlynn Coddington  and Megan Oyler  both finished the tournament in second place."
Buchanan beat Eagles sophomore Jesse Flores in 12-10 sudden victory, Lee finished sophomore Maverick Geller 9-6, and Cade Duarte (195) and Carter accepted forfeits.
St. Helens is scheduled next for its 7 p.m. home premiere against Hillsboro Wednesday, then to compete in the girls' Liberty Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Hillsboro.
"I really like it at home and the vibes and support of my friends and fans," Scott said.
The boys will also wrestle at Class 3A Clatskanie at 10 a.m. Dec. 30.
HOOD RIVER VALLEY 57, ST. HELENS 18
Thursday, Dec. 7, in Hood River
106: Justin Lane, HRV, pinned Joseph Austin, 4:22; 113: Miles Lee, HRV, won by forfeit; 120: Tristin Buchanan, SH, def. Jesse Flores, sudden victory, 12-10; 126: Ryan Zeller, HRV, pinned Jakob Robbins, :41; 132: Chad Muenzer, HRV, pinned Ethan Hubbs, 1:54; 138: Jason Shaner, HRV, pinned Cory Harrington, :12; 145: Tristan Keely, HRV, pinned Willie, :57; 152: Shawn Lee, SH, def. Maverick Geller, 9-6; 160: Tanner Fletcher, HRV, pinned Leif Nelson, 2:28; 170: Nathaniel Quintanilla, HRV, def. Maverick Rask, 8-6; 182: Alberto Rojas, HRV, pinned Cody Leanna,1:28; 195: Cade Duarte, SH, won by forfeit; 220: Blake Willis, HRV, pinned Gannon Carter, 1:34; 285: Caleb Carter, SH, won by forfeit.
Saturday, Dec. 9
120 Tristin Buchanan fifth
Round 1: Buchanan pinned Zach Collins, South Umpqua, 3:36; Quarterfinal: Hank Fillmore, Lake Oswego, pinned Buchanan, 3:26; Consolation round 2: Buchanan received a bye; Consolation semifinal: Buchanan pinned Logan Cave, Elmira, 4:54; Fifth-place match: Buchanan pinned Justin Corp, Lowell, :43.
126 Jakob Robbins
Round 1: Edgar Garcia, Tigard, pinned Robbins, :42; Consolation round 1: Rudy Zambrano, Sheldon, pinned Robbins, 2:34.
132 Ethan Hubbs
Round 1: Kent McIntosh, Lowell, def. Hubbs, 12-9; Consolation round 1: Hubbs pinned Fisher Wahl, Reedsport Charter, 1:17; Consolation round 2: Ty Pearson, Central, pinned Hubbs, 2:21.
138 Cory Harrington
Round 1: Harrington received a bye; Round 2: Isaac McCallister, Springfield, pinned Harrington, 1:11; Consolation round 2: Austin Buckley, Siletz Valley, pinned Harrington, :26.
145 Robert Landreth
Round 1: Landreth received a bye; Round 2: Jordy Mendez, Tigard, def. Landreth, major decision, 13-3; Consolation round 2: Landreth pinned Sims Vincent, Lakeridge, 2:47; Consolation round 3: Evan Powell, Churchill, pinned Landreth, 1:29.
145 Willie Webb sixth
Round 1: Webb received a bye; Round 2: Webb pinned Jackson Markham, South Umpqua, 3:25; Quarterfinal: Jacob Pray, Pleasant Hill, def. Webb, technical fall, 17-2; Consolation round 4: Webb def. Desmond Able, Springfield, 9-2; Consolation semifinal: Webb pinned Bennett Katter, Summit, 2:17; Fifth-place match - Tyler Carey, Churchill, pinned Webb, 4:47.
152 Shawn Lee (5-3) eighth
Round 1: Lee def. Tanner Gibson, Junction City, 3-2; Round 2: Lee pinned Logan Parrish, Pleasant Hill, 2:00; Quarterfinal: Andrew de Lorimer, Summit, pinned Lee, 4:36; Consolation round 4: Lee pinned Jordan Johnson, South Salem, 1:36; Consolation semifinals: Kody Fuller, Dayton, def. Lee, 7-5.
160 Leif Nelson
Round 1: Nelson received a bye; Round 2: Seth Sidwell, Oakridge, pinned Nelson, :40; Consolation round 2: Nelson received a bye; Consolation round 3: Magnus Schmidt, Summit, pinned Nelson, :17.
170 Maverick Rask
Round 1: Rask def. Nathan Bliss, Central, 5-2; Quarterfinal: Daniel Garcia, Dayton, pinned Rask, 1:52; Consolation round 2: Trevor Fulton, Ashland, pinned Rask, 1:56.
182 Cody Leanna
Round 1: Leanna received a bye; Quarterfinal: Legin Engle, Dayton, pinned Leanna, 1:25; Consolation round 2: Cody Hale, South Salem, pinned Leanna, 2:03.
182 Dylan Scott fourth
Round 1: Scott received a bye; Quarterfinal: Scott pinned Eric Tichenor, Sheldon, 3:31; Semifinal: Jase Brooks, Willamette, pinned Scott, 1:04; Third-place match: Patrick Shawyer, Siletz Valley, pinned Scott, :20.
195 Trevor Cissney
Round 1: Joseph Wozniak, South Salem, pinned Cissney, 1:22; Consolation round 1: Cissney received a bye; Consolation round 2: Zach Ausborn, Willamette, pinned Cissney, 2:02.
285 Benjamin Torres
Round 1: Torres won by forfeit; Quarterfinal: Caleb Carter, St. Helens, pinned Torres, :46; Consolation round 2: Oscar Atterberry, Sheldon, pinned Torres, 1:31.
285 Caleb Carter fourth
Round 1: Carter pinned Nickolas Giesler, Summit, :38; Quarterfinal: Carter pinned Benjamin Torres, St. Helens, :46; Semifinal: Thomas Ward, Lowell, pinned Carter, 2:46; Third-place match: Javier Velasquez, Tigard, pinned Carter, 1:59.
1. Tigard 215
2. Central 127
3. Sheldon 125
4. Pleasant Hill 105.5
5. Dayton 100
6. Lowell 98
t-7. Reedsport Charter 86.5
t-7. South Salem 86.5
9. Lake Oswego 79
10. Junction City 76
11. Springfield 73
12. Summit 72
13. Lakeridge 71
14. Elmira 66
15 St. Helens 58
16. North Eugene 44
17. Siletz Valley 43
18 Ashland 36
19. Churchill 35
20. Willamette 30
21. South Umpqua 20
22. Oakridge 16
23. South Eugene 0
160 Kara Smith first
Round 1: Smith received a bye; Quarterfinal: Smith pinned Noa Nardone, North Eugene, 3:21; Semifinal: Smith pinned Natra Brunnett, Central, :32; First-place match: Smith pinned Megan Jenkinson, Willamette, 2:58.
180 Quinnlyn Coddington second
Round 1: Coddington received a bye; Quarterfinal: Coddington pinned Mackenzie Harsch, Elmira, 1:59; Semifinal: Coddington pinned DeAnna Baker, Central, :48; First-place match: Jade Piper, Gold Beach, pinned Coddington, 1:00.
285 Megan Oyler second
Round 2: Samantha Stroud, South Umpqua, pinned Oyler, 1:00; Round 3: Oyler received a bye.