Wolves triumph at home wrestling tournament
TUALATIN — In its final tune-up before the Three Rivers League district tournament, which the Tualatin High School wrestling team will host in its own gym, the Timberwolves showed their tournament strength — in their own gym, on their own mats.
Tualatin, in its final regular-season event of the season, powered its way to first place at the Tualatin Invitational, held Saturday at Tualatin High School.
The Timberwolves took the top spot at the 10-school event with a score of 278.5 points. Westview was second with a total of 168 and Clackamas was third at 147.5.
The Wolves also crowned a pair of individual champions at the event in junior Sami Victoriano and senior Jarius Jackson.
Victoriano won a tourney title at 120 pounds. After drawing a first-round bye, Victoriano pinned Lake Oswego's Braxden Mahaffey in a time of 1 minute and 32 seconds in a quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, Victoriano pinned Clackamas' Ben Harvey in 1:53. In the title bout, Victoriano got a 10-4 decision win over Lake Oswego's Henry Fillmore.
Jackson claimed tourney gold at 195 pounds, getting all three of his wins by fall.
After getting a first-round bye, Jackson pinned Glencoe's Ethan Chun in 0:58 in a quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, Jackson pinned Wilsonville's Breyden Erret in 2:44. In the finals, Jackson pinned Centennial's Alex Apling in 0:42.
Also for Tualatin at the tournament, junior Afgenys Abarca-Lopez was second at 113 pounds, junior Connor Lennehan was second at 132, junior Justin DiCola was second at 170, junior Gavin Moore was second at 220, freshman Chad Kailiuli was third at 106, Josiah Ingham was third at 132, sophomore Jake Reser was third at 145, senior Michael Saucedo was third at 160, junior Pablo Rubio was third at 182 and senior Anakin Rivera was third at 220.
Prior to the tournament, Tualatin scored a 63-12 win over Lake Oswego in a Three Rivers League dual match finale held last Thursday at Lake Oswego High School. With the win, the Wolves finished the league season with a 3-4 record.
Ingham (126 pounds), Lennehan (132), Noah Brooks (138), Reser (145) and senior Ryan Mitton (285) all won by fall. DiCola (170) got a decision win. Kailuli (106), Arbarca-Lopez (113), Rubio (182), Jackson (195) and Moore (220) all were victorious by forfeit.
The Wolves will be back in action when they compete in the Three Rivers League district tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Tualatin High School.