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The Tualatin wrestling team qualifies six for the upcoming Class 6A state tournament

DAN BROOD - Tualatin senior Jarius Jackson (left) battles Newberg's Hunter James in the 195-pound championship match at the Three Rivers League district tournament.TUALATIN — For the Tualatin High School wrestling squad, it seems to be a team effort.

At least, Jarius Jackson is looking at it that way. And he's making the most out of it.

Jackson, a Tualatin senior, took the team effort and claimed second place, in the 195-pound weight class, at the Three Rivers League district tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Tualatin High School.

"It just means I'm surrounded by great people," Jackson said after Saturday's tournament finals. "It's the coaches. Honestly, I credit a lot my success to my coaches, and my wrestling partners. I owe a little bit to myself."

The top four finishers in each weight class at the district tournament advance to compete in the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Feb. 16-17 at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Jackson will be joined by five of his Timberwolf teammates at the state tournament.

"We have a pretty big amount going to state," Jackson said. "That's good, especially for the young team that we have."

Jackson will be going to state for the third straight year. But, the last two years, he went as the No. 3 placer out of the district tournament.

Jackson opened this year's event by getting a forfeit win over Lakeridge's Lucas Fuller in a first-round match. In the quarterfinals, Jackson pinned Tigard's Brandon Baker in a time of 1 minute and 16 seconds. In the semifinals, Jackson scored a 2-1 decision win over Sam Shuey of Canby.

That put Jackson in the 195-pound title bout against Hunter James of Newberg.

James took a 2-0 lead with a takedown coming with 0:34 left in the first round. James then opened the second round with an escape, giving him a 3-0 lead that he would take to the third round. Jackson cut the lead to 3-1 with an escape coming with 1:44 left in the match.

Jackson would try to get a tying takedown the rest of the way. He was given a point, cutting the lead to 3-2, when Shuey was whistled for stalling with 8 seconds left in the match, but Jackson couldn't get a go-ahead takedown in the final seconds, leaving Shuey with a 2-1 victory.

"It was best I could do," Jackson said. "We both came out pretty aggressive. It was a good match to the end. I should have got on myself a little earlier."

Also qualifying for the state tournament for Tualatin were junior Argenys Abarca-Lopez, who was third at 113 pounds, junior Sami Victoriano, who was third at 120, sophomore Jake Reser, who was third at 145, senior Anakin Rivera, who was third at 220 and junior Gavin Moore, who was fourth at 220.

Also placing for the Wolves at the district tournament were junior Justin DiCola, who was fifth at 170, senior Ryan Mitton, who was fifth at 285, junior Quinn McCarthy, who was sixth at 285 and freshman Chad Kailuli, who was sixth at 106.

Tualatin finished in fourth place in the district tournament team standings with 188.5 points. Newberg won the district team title with a score of 463.5 and West Linn was second at 228.5.

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