Hernandez advances to 145-pound finals

Although illness and the holidays sapped the Woodburn wrestling team of its full strength Saturday at the Don York Invitational, the Bulldogs who competed at took home some impressive individual accomplishments at Cleveland High School in Portland.

Temoatzin Lopez and Rodolfo Hernandez each placed in the 18-team tournament that featured hundreds of wrestlers from around Portland and the Willamette Valley.

Woodburn finished the day in 15th place with 75.5 points, just a half point behind Beaverton. Pendleton won the tournament with 276.5 points.

Lopez finished sixth in his 32-man bracket after opening the tournament with a 27-second pin of Franklin’s Devlin Gillespie. He followed with a 15-0 win by technical fall in his second match against Zachary Morello of Sunset before getting beat in the quarterfinals in a 10-2 major decision by eventual champion Matthew Johnson of Forest Grove.

On the consolation side of the bracket, Lopez won his next two matches to set up a 9-0 loss to Morgan Holcomb of Pendleton. Lopez finished the tournament by giving up a takedown in overtime to lose 5-3 to Sunset’s Grant Bingham.

Hernandez had the team’s best performance of the day, after the 145-pound senior won his first four matches to advance to the championship against Spencer Stokes, the top-seeded wrestler from Sunset.

Stokes took the upper hand in the third rematch between the two wrestlers and won 12-7 to drop Hernandez into second place.

“The defeat has left him hungry and willing to pay the price that only champions are willing to pay,” said coach?Dusty Price.

The Woodburn coach pointed to sophomore Rex Ramirez in the 138-pound as a pleasant surprise at the tournament.

Ramirez pinned third-seeded Tristan Bishop of Sherwood in 4:26 and scored a 7-4 decision in the consolation bracket over Daniel Gomez of Forest Grove.

“Rex is very committed and is going to show a lot of promise over his high school career,” said Price.

In the 152-pound bracket, Stephan Snegireff won by fall in 1:41 in his first match before dropping a 7-2 decision to Bahr Trayhorn of Reynolds.

Snegireff reeled off three wins in the consolation bracket – two by fall – before falling in a 6-4 decision to Rylan Martin of Gladstone.

Rounding out the team was Jonathan Uriarte, who went 2-2 in the 195-pound bracket.

The Woodburn senior dropped his opening match of the tourney before pinning his next two opponents from Pendleton and Cleveland. Uriarte was eliminated in a 4-1 decision to Putnam’s Doug Frey.

Woodburn next wrestlers Friday at West Albany in a four-way dual. The team will then host another four-way dual Saturday at Woodburn High School, starting at 9 a.m.

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