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Wolves battle strong at Tourney of Champions

Tualatin also tipped in pair of district dual matches


HILLSBORO — The Tualatin High School wrestling team found out how it fared against many of the top teams and grapplers from around the state when it competed at the Reser's Tournament of Champions.

The Timberwolves finished in 14th place in the team standings of the 24-school event, held Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School, with a score of 69.5 points.

Senior John Whitaker led the way for Tualatin at the tournament, as he placed third in the 145-pound weight class.

Whitaker opened his tourney trek by pinning Redmond's John Hickey in a time of 1 minute and 30 seconds in a first-round match. Whitaker was a bit faster with a win in the second round, as he pinned Alex Canchola of Oregon City in 1:29.

Whitaker then notched a 4-0 decision win over Alex Hada of Hillsboro in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Collbran Meeker of Crook County in the semifinals.

In the consolation semifinals, Whitaker got a 5-1 decision win over Kyle Flagor of Roseburg and then he got a 14-2 major decision win over Century's Ryley Bilderbeck in the 145-pound third-place match.

Also for the Wolves, senior Frank Giannone, competing in the 170-pound weight class, won his first three matches and ended up placing sixth in that division.

Tualatin senior Bryan Sobranis-Perez reached the quarterfinal round and ended up placing sixth at 220 pounds.

Crook County won the team title at the Tournament of Champions with a score of 274 points and Roseburg took second place with a score of 224.

Prior to the Tournament of Champions, the Wolves were tipped by both McMinnville (37-27) and Newberg (39-31) in a Special District 3 double dual match held last Thursday at Tigard High School. With the two close losses, Tualatin moved to 4-3 in district matches.

In the contest with Newberg, the Wolves got pinfall victories from senior Blake Reser at 138 pounds, from Whitaker at 145 and from junior Kellen Poti at 195.

Senior Luke Goessens got a major-decision victory in the 182-pound match. Senior Jeff Whitaker, at 120 pounds, Giannone, at 170, and senior Ace Leben, at 285, each won by decision.

In the match with McMinnville, Jeff Whitaker picked up a win by fall. Reser, John Whitaker, Giannone, Goessens and Sobranis-Perez each picked up a decision win, with Sobranis-Perez getting his victory in double overtime.

The Wolves will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they face South Salem in a Special District 3 dual match starting at 7 p.m. at South Salem High School. On Saturday, Tualatin will compete at the South Albany Tournament, which will start at 10 a.m.



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