Sherwood takes second place and Tigard takes third at Glencoe event

HILLSBORO — The Tigard and Sherwood high school wrestling teams got their seasons off what looks to be strong starts.

But, the Tigers and Bowmen say, it could have been even better.

Sherwood took second place in the team standings, with Tigard right behind in third place, at the season-opening Glencoe Tournament, held Friday at Glencoe High School.

“It was a good start,” Sherwood coach William Taylor. “But I think we would have really been in the running if we had the wrestlers we had to sit out.”

The Bowmen wrestled without senior standouts Nic Clarke and Andrew Rice, who both have been with the team less than a week after finishing the season with the Sherwood football team, which reached the Class 5A state championship game.

Still, Sherwood finished in second place at the eight-team Glencoe tournament with a score of 103 points. Glencoe took the top spot with a score of 124. Tigard finished in third place with a score of 90.

“It was a good tournament for us,” Tigard coach Geoff Jarman said. “It shows that we’ve grown as a team. The guys were like ‘it was OK, but, man, we let it slip away.’”

Sherwood had three individual champions at the tournament.

Bowmen sophomore Rodney Punay took first place at 106 pounds. Junior Hayden Koprowski placed first at 120 pounds and senior Ryan Jurgens, who also is a member of Sherwood’s state runner-up football team, was the tourney champ at 220 pounds.

Sherwood senior Martin Layna, who also is a football player, took second place at 285 pounds. Junior Michael Coulter earned the silver at 126.

Bowmen sophomore Jesse Hatfield was third at 132 and senior Garret Heckenberg took third place at 145.

For Tigard, senior Victor Ceja stormed to the tournament title at 285 pounds, pinning all three of his opponents.

Tigard senior Zack Vollstedt claimed second place at 152 pounds and Tiger junior Eli Neely placed second at 182 despite battling some illness.

Tiger senior Justin Campbell took third place at 160 and junior Brandon Baker was third at 170.

Tigard will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when it faces McNary in a Special District 3 dual match starting at 7:30 p.m. at McNary High School. On Wednesday, Tigard will take on Sprague and West Salem in a Special District 3 double dual match starting at 6 p.m. at West Salem High School.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday and Saturday when it competes at the Rose City Championships, which will be held at Westview High School. Action starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Tournament finals are tentatively slated for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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