Tigard bests North Salem and does well at tournament

TIGARD — The end of last week turned out to be pretty gratifying for the Tigard High School wrestling team.

First, last Thursday, the Tigers picked up their first Special District 3 dual meet win of the season by besting North Salem 42-31 in a district dual held at Tigard High School.

Then, on Friday, Tigard won two of its three matches at the Aloha Tournament.

“It was a good week for us,” Tigard coach Geoff Jarman said. “We wrestled like it didn’t matter. We wrestled like we’ve been wrestling in practice.”

It was an especially good week for Tigard junior Bryan Baker, who, Jarman said, was dubbed Tigard’s wrestler of the week after going 4-0.

With last Thursday’s win over North Salem, Tigard improved its Special District 3 dual meet record to 1-3.

The Tigers seemed to carry that momentum into the Aloha tourney, where they bested both McKay and Wilson.

Tigard downed McKay by a 45-31 margin, getting six wins by fall in the process.

Junior Eli Neely had the fastest pin for Tigard in that match as he downed Cristian Garibay-Ochoa in a time of 41 seconds in the 182-pound bout.

Tigard senior Justin Campbell was close to that, as he pinned McKay’s Adam Dryden in 0:46 in the 160-pound match.

In the 120-pound match, Tigard junior Jason Alton pinned Brett Robinson in 3:22. Tigard junior Joey Steffani downed Emmanuael Miranda in 3:00 at 145. Tiger senior Zack Vollstedt pinned Matthew Jarding in 1:24 at 152 pounds and Tigard senior Victor Ceja defeated David Hernandez in 1:49 in the 285-pound match.

Also getting wins for Tigard were Baker at 195 and Luis Duran-Vega at 113.

Tigard also got a 57-19 victory over Wilson at the Aloha event.

The Tigers picked up four pins in that match. Tigard junior Kalimen Pabro pinned Stevan Garcia in 0:58 in the 132-pound match. Duran-Vega pinned Arnold Grabski in 3:29 at 113 pounds, Campbell pinned Steffen Jacobsen in 1:56 at 160 and senior Alex Anohkin pinned Markus Downs in 1:04 at 220 pounds.

Also getting wins for Tigard were freshman Tarin Schneider at 105, junior Paul Nguyen at 138, Steffani at 145, Vollstedt at 152, senior Phillip Engel at 170 and Baker at 195.

Tigard fell 54-27 to Aloha at the tournament. But Ceja provided the Tigers with a big highlight in that match, as he scored a 3-0 decision win over Aloha’s Cortez Rodelo, who was ranked No. 2 in the state at 285 pounds.

“When he’s wresting well, Victor can probably beat anyone in the state,” Jarman said.

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