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Timberwolves battle strong at invitational

Tualatin also tipped by McNary in district dual match


DALLAS — The Tualatin High School wrestling team bounced back from its first district dual meet loss of the season to wrestle well in tournament action.

The Timberwolves, after falling at McNary on Thursday, battled their way to fifth place in the team standings at the 11-school Brunner Invitational, held Saturday at Dallas High School.

Tualatin took fifth place with 145 points, putting the Wolves just 5.5 points behind fourth-place Sprague and 15.5 points behind third-place Canby.

Senior Franklin Giannone paced the Timberwolves at the tournament, as he took first place in the 182-pound weight class.

Tualatin senior Blake Reser was the tourney runner-up at 138 pounds.

Also for the Wolves at the tourney, senior John Whitaker was third at 145, sophomore Oliver Price was fourth at 170, senior Luke Goessens was fifth at 195, senior Bryan Sobranis-Perez was fifth at 220, senior Jeff Whitaker was sixth at 126, junior Kellen Poti was sixth at 195 and senior Ace Leben was sixth at 285.

Crook County ran away with the team title at the tourney with a score of 471.5. The host team from Dallas was second at 267.

In last Thursday’s Special District 3 match at McNary, Tualatin fell 45-21 to the Celtics. McNary improved to 2-2 in district matches with the win, while Tualatin moved to 3-1 with the setback.

John Whitaker had the fastest win of the night for the Wolves, as he pinned McNary’s Noah Townsend in a time of 30 seconds in the 152-pound bout.

Jeff Whitaker, at 126 pounds, got a 6-2 decision win over Jonathon Phelps. Reser notched a 7-1 decision victory over Jordan Cagle at 138 pounds. Leben got a 7-6 decision victory against Steven Wilkerson in the 285-pound match.

The Wolves’ other win came at 195 pounds, where Poti got a forfeit victory.



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