Bowmen seniors step up in home finale
SHERWOOD — For Andrew Mabry and Jack Murphy, it was a special night.
The Sherwood High School seniors were stepping on the home mat for the very last time in competition.
And they were going to make the most out of it — they were more than determined to do so.
With that in mind, Mabry and Murphy both picked up what could be called impressive wins, as they provided some of the highlights when the Sherwood wrestling team faced West Linn in front of a Senior Night crowd last Thursday at Sherwood High School.
"It's my last season," said Mabry, who won his 152-pound match by fall. "It's nice to end on a good note. I felt confident that I would do well."
"Yeah, it was good," said Murphy, who picked up a major-decision victory at 126 pounds. "It was good to get a win like this at home on Senior Night. That was a lot of my motivation. It feels like I was a freshman just yesterday. It's been a great experience here. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Despite the wins by Mabry and Murphy, the Bowmen fell 42-25 to the Lions in the Three Rivers League dual match.
With the victory, West Linn improved to 5-1 in league matches, while Sherwood moved to 3-3 in TRL contests.
West Linn got off to a strong start in last week's match at Sherwood. The Lions got a major-decision win at 106 pounds, a decision victory at 113 and a pin at 120 to jump out to a 13-0 lead in the team score.
But Murphy ended the Lions' streak with his victory at 126 pounds.
The Sherwood senior got off to a fast start in his match against West Linn 's Jack Wall, scoring on both a takedown and a three-point nearfall to take a 5-0 lead at the end of the first round. Murphy then opened the scoring in the second round with an escape, upping the margin to 6-0 going into the third round.
In the final round, Murphy scored on a reversal, giving him an 8-0 lead with 1 minute and 18 seconds remaining in the match. Then, after Wall got an escape, Murphy came up with a takedown, coming with 45 seconds left in the round, to wrap up his 10-1 major-decision victory.
"That felt great," Murphy said his win, which cut the West Linn lead to 13-4. "I wish I could have got the pin, but it was good."
Sherwood junior Gaven Jolley follow up by pinning West Linn's Jake Heinenon in 0:28 in the 132-pound match. Jolley's quick victory cut the Lions' lead to 13-10.
West Linn picked up a win by fall at 138 pounds, but Sherwood countered with a forfeit victory by senior Joel Turner at 145, keeping the Lions' lead at three, at 19-16.
Mabry then gave Sherwood its first lead of the night, at 22-19, with his win by fall against West Linn's Cole Peters in the 152-pound match.
In that bout, Mabry started quick, getting a takedown and a three-point nearfall to take a 5-0 lead with 1:15 left in the first round. Peters then got an escape, but Mabry came back with another takedown with 0:14 remaining in the round. Mabry then got the pin with just one second remaining in the opening round.
"I was really motivated," Mabry said.
West Linn got a forfeit win at 160 pounds to reclaim the lead in the team score, at 25-22. The Lions then got a fall at 170 and a technical-fall victory at 182 to open up a 36-22 lead.
In the 195-pound match, West Linn senior Tyler Good and Sherwood senior Rustin Williams locked up in a back-and-forth battle. Williams took a 7-6 lead with an escape to open the third round, but Good rallied in the final 1:30 to get a 13-7 decision win, upping the Lions' lead to 39-22.
In the 220-pound match, Sherwood junior Jackson Barton posted a 7-0 decision win over West Linn's Brian MacClanathan. In that match, Barton scored on a takedown with nine seconds left in the first round to take a 2-0 lead. He then got both an escape and takedown in the second round to push the margin to 5-0. Barton then got his third takedown of the match, coming with 40 seconds left in the third round, to wrap up the 7-0 decision win.
Barton's victory cut the West Linn lead to 39-25, but the Lions, getting a decision win at 285, came away with the 42-25 team victory.
Still, the young Bowmen team is still optimistic, with the Three Rivers League district tournament just a little more than a week away.
"We're doing pretty good," Mabry said. "We're staying strong."
"This was a special night," Murphy said. "Now, we're building for district."
Sherwood was scheduled to finish its TRL dual match schedule on Wednesday with a match at Newberg. Results of that match weren't available when the Times went to press.
The Bowmen will be back in action on Saturday, when they compete at the Robert Paul Invitational, to be held at Sandy High School.