Metro wrestlers step up at Tualatin tournament
The competition was tough, but the Mountainside, Sunset and Westview high school wrestling teams stepped up to represent the Metro League with a fighting spirit.
All three squads turned in strong performances at the Winter Warrior Memorial tournament, held Saturday at Tualatin High School.
Westview had the top placing for the Metro League clubs, finishing in fourth place in the team standings at the 15-school event with a score of 230 points.
Senior Angel Sanchez, at 145 pounds, senior Travis Blasingame, at 152, and senior Kevon Zakula, at 160, led the way for the Wildcats at the event, as they each won individual tournament championships.
Sanchez, after receiving a first-round bye, opened the tournament by pinning Jayden Brown of Grants Pass in a time of 2 minutes, 28 seconds in a second-round match. In the quarterfinals, Sanchez pinned Sherwood's Bram Nelson in 3:31. Sanchez then picked up another win by fall in the semifinals, as he defeated Reynolds' Allen Jacinto in 3:29.
In the 145-pound title bout, Sanchez posted a 13-2 major decision win over Silverton's Kody Koumentis, upping his season record to 26-0.
Blasingame, after receiving a first-round bye, opened his tourney trek by pinning Lake Oswego's Bennett Friess in 0:45 in a second-round match. In the quarterfinals, Blasingame pinned Sherwood's Sam Fangon in 1:11. Blasingame picked up another first-round fall in the semifinals, beating Tualatin's Noah Brooks in 0:47.
In the 152 championship match, Blasingame got a 3-2 decision win over Glencoe's Sutton Yazzolino.
Zakula, after receiving a first-round bye, opened the tournament by pinning South Salem's Camden McCool in 0:22 in a second-round bout. In the quarterfinals, Zakula pinned Hunter Smith of Silverton in 5:09. He followed that up by getting a 9-3 decision win over Sherwood's Brody Stevens in the semifinals.
In the 160 championship match, Zakula got a 9-4 decision victory against Lakeridge's Ryan Boucher.
Also for Westview at the tournament, freshman Elias Mauck was third at 113 pounds, junior Nathan Blasingame was fourth at 145, senior Simon Niese was fourth at 220, sophomore Jermaine Mason was fifth at 113, freshman Juan Elenes was eighth at 106, senior Justus Gabriel was eighth at 152, and junior Benjamin Munson was eighth at 195.
Mountainside finished in sixth place in the team standings at the tournament with a score of 202, putting the Mavericks just barely behind the host team from Tualatin, which had a score of 208.
Sophomore Evan Dooley, at 170, and senior Marlon Barrios, at 195, each had second-place finishes to pace Mountainside at the tournament.
Dooley, after receiving a first-round by, opened the tourney by pinning Silverton's Mathew Kuenzi in 0:58. In the quarterfinals, Dooley defeated McMinnville's Andrew Lawrence-Freeman by fall in 5:43. Dooley picked up another pin in the semifinals, beating Owen Townes of Grants Pass in 0:54.
In the 170 title match, Dooley fell by technical fall to Nathan Kuenzi of Silverton.
Barrios, after receiving a first-round bye, pinned Silverton's Elijah Roper in 0:39 in a second-round match. In the quarterfinals, Barrios posted a 14-2 major decision win over Lakeridge's Spencer Lenius. Barrios kept rolling in the semifinals, pinning Tualatin's Brandon Chin in 2:17.
In the 195 championship bout, Barrios was edged 7-4 by Reynolds' Robert Plympton.
Also for the Mavericks at the tournament, senior Marquez Oblad was third at 170, junior Alexander Wesselman was fourth at 126, senior Nicholas Calhoun was fourth at 160, junior Timothy Vranizan was fifth at 132, junior Antonio Soriano was sixth at 113, freshman Noah Morris was sixth at 126, and senior Ivan Fabela was seventh at 132.
Sunset finished in 14th place at the tournament with a score of 57.5.
Sophomore William Taylo and senior Sam Wallis tied for seventh place at 182 pounds to lead the way for the Apollos at the tournament.
Grants Pass won the tournament team title with a score of 283. Sherwood was second with a total of 264.
Sunset and Mountainside will next be in action on Thursday, when they will compete in Metro League dual match set to start at 7 p.m. Sunset will be home to host Aloha. Mountainside will travel to Southridge.
Westview will next compete in the 45th-annual Mission San Jose Invitational, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Mission San Jose (Calif.) High School.
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