Senior topped by league rival in tournament title bout

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - The Wilsonville wrestling team is competing Jan. 4 in a tournament at Cleveland High School in Portland. Above, sophomore Tony Munoz (left) battles Putnam's Zach Mason in a Dec. 19 match at home.Yet another tournament title eluded Justin Hamilton.

The Wilsonville wrestling team’s standout senior reached the finals for the second competition in a row, but he came up short again.

Hamilton was pinned by Sherwood’s Ryan Jurgens in the first round of their championship bout, settling for second place in the 195-pound bracket Jan. 4 at the Don York Invitational at Cleveland High School in Portland.

His performance summed up a disappointing second day of action for the Wildcats, who won just one of their seven quarterfinal matches.

“That’s the hump we have to get over — that second day of the tournament,” coach Jason Milham said. “We had a great first day but a less-than-great second day. We’re trying to get them into those situations where they can win those matches to get into the placing rounds. A lot of those (quarterfinalist) kids are young, and some of them have never been there before. That’s why you go to these tournaments — to get them in those situations and get them the experience.”

Wilsonville tallied 97.5 points to finish in 12th place out of 18 teams. Pendleton (276.5) snagged first over Keizer-McNary (236.5), Gresham-Centennial (233.5) and Beaverton-Sunset (227).

Hamilton earned a spot in the finals thanks to four-consecutive wins by fall, logging one-fourth of his team’s 16 pins throughout the double-elimination tournament.

He logged wins by fall against Troutdale-Reynolds’ Abel Osorio (1 minute 8 seconds) and Woodburn’s Jonathan Uriarte (1:49) on the first day to advance to the quarterfinals, where he pinned South Albany’s Michael Brooks in 4:40.

Hamilton then put Sunset’s Kincaid Crile on his back in 3:28 in the semifinals to set up a meeting with Jurgens, whom he defeated 13-9 last season during the Wildcats’ league dual at Sherwood.

In the recent showdown, Jurgens exacted revenge by securing an early takedown and putting an end to the match in just 76 seconds.

Hamilton (17-4), who was one of Wilsonville’s five state-meet qualifiers last year, has come close to taking top honors several times this season. He placed third Dec. 14 at the Rose City Championship tournament at Westview High School and was a runner-up Dec. 21 at the Oregon National Guard Invitational at Liberty High School.

“He’s run into some very solid competition,” Milham said of Hamilton. “He’s put himself to be in the spot in the middle of those tournaments, but he’s still got to work on getting through some of those guys who are a little more advanced.”

The Wildcats did not participate in the NW Duals on Dec. 27-28 at Westview due to numbers issues. They will compete at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 in a dual-meet tournament at Century High School in Hillsboro.

Hamilton and Jurgens will likely cross paths again in Wilsonville’s next NWOC competition, a dual against rival Sherwood at home Jan. 15.

The Wildcats’ only other placer at Cleveland was Colin Cubbage, who rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to take fourth in the 145-pound bracket.

The senior cruised through the first two rounds of competition with pins of Sunset’s Garrett Lewis and Cleveland’s Caleb Moyer in 44 and 41 seconds, respectively.

After dropping an 8-2 decision to Woodburn’s Rodolfo Hernandez in the quarterfinals, Cubbage bounced back by winning three matches in a row. He defeated Reynolds’ Colin Wells by 19-4 technical fall, topped Beaverton’s Torben Billow 6-3 and clipped Pendleton’s T.J. Hancock 3-1 in sudden victory.

That thrilling triumph propelled Cubbage (12-4) into the third-place match, where he fell behind 5-0 in the first round and couldn’t recover in a loss by fall to South Albany’s Adrian Lyons-Lopez in 3:31.

“He wrestled well,” Milham said of Cubbage. “He’s a great wrestler on his feet, and he got a lot of takedowns (during the tournament). He was quick and aggressive. He ran into a kid that was solid but quite a bit bigger, and that size difference is really what impacted the way that match went.”

Senior transfer Eli Day (132), sophomore Tristan Greco (132), sophomore Jakob Fulbright (170), senior Sam Garrison (220) and sophomore Tony Munoz (285) were Wilsonville’s other quarterfinalists.



Don York Invitational

Jan. 3-4 at Cleveland High School (Portland)

Team scores: 1. Pendleton, 276.5; 2. Keizer-McNary, 236.5; 3. Gresham-Centennial, 233.5; 4. Beaverton-Sunset, 227; 5. Sherwood, 182; 6. Clackamas, 171; 7. South Albany, 170; 8. Cleveland, 164.5; 9. Forest Grove, 132.5; 10. Gladstone, 121; 11. Putnam, 98; 12. Wilsonville, 97.5; 13. Troutdale-Reynolds, 94.5; 14. Beaverton, 76; 15. Woodburn, 75.5; 16. The Dalles, 71; 17. Portland-Franklin, 58; 18. Molalla, 29.

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