Canby wrestling places second at Colton Holly
WILSONVILLE — Canby was not ranked in the Class 6A wrestling coaches poll entering the Colton Holly Invite.
After defeating No. 7 Aloha in pool play and then No. 10 Oregon City in the semifinals, the Cougars showed Saturday that they belong there.
Canby, which advanced to the finals of the annual dual tournament at Wilsonville High School for the fourth straight year, was unable to win its third title, falling to Silverton 46-36.
Seven of the Cougars eight losses came by pin.
"Our biggest flaw is when we get beat, we get pinned," Canby coach Jeremy Ensrud said after the loss to Silverton, the No. 7 ranked team in 5A. "When you give up that many pins it's hard to win a match. We should have beat those guys. I know we could have beat them, should have beat them. We end up on our back or relax and get turned over and get pinned. There's no fight. That's frustrating for me."
The Cougars qualified for the semifinals by defeating Aloha 48-26 in their final dual of pool play.
Pins by Nick Marquez (120) and Asher Chaffee (126) gave Canby a quick 12-0 lead.
Matthew Hagen (220), Payton Martin (285) and Landon Sprague (106) then all won by fall in three of the final four matches to finish off the Warriors.
The Cougars defeated Three Rivers League rival Oregon City 45-31 in the semifinals.
Down 31-30, Canby closed the dual with 15 straight points on a 4-3 win by Landon Sprague (106) followed by pins from Ethan Ensrud (113) and Marquez.
"Those guys have been competing hard and they battled," coach Ensrud said. "That's awesome. It was a good tournament. It was just a sour taste after that in the final. To take second is good for these guys."
Aided by two forfeits, Marquez was the only Canby wrestler to finish a perfect 5-0, winning two matches by fall and one by decision.
Sprague, Dominic Netter (138), Logan Doman (182) and Brent Patterson (195) were all 4-1.
Ensrud, Chaffee, Hagen and Kaden Boyd (170) finished 3-2.
"We had great performances from everybody," coach Ensrud said. "It just wasn't 100 percent consistent. We had highs and lows. We had some great matches and moments of excitement from everybody and then there was some lows."
Canby also took advantage of its depth. While the Cougars put out a full lineup, Oregon City and Silverton each forfeited three weight classes.
"I think our depth is really going to show up in the district meet, too," Ensrud said. "We had a whole bunch of kids on the JV side that won their brackets, too. They were excited. That's good depth, too."
Canby is back in action Wednesday at Woodburn.
The Cougars next league dual is Thursday, Jan. 23 against Lakeridge.
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