OC's Marshall rules heavyweight division at Woods Memorial tourney
Oregon City senior Lane Marshall kicked off the high school wrestling season with a bang on Saturday.
Actually, it was more like a splat.
Marshall put all five opponents he faced on their backs in less than 60 seconds each, pinning his way to the heavyweight title at Saturday's Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament at Oregon City High School.
"I came in wanting the gold and I'm walking out with it," said Marshall, who stopped Beaverton's Ryan Turner after 56 seconds in the heavyweight title bout. "I was hoping there was going to be more competition so I could really push myself today, but that didn't happen.
"It was the first tournament of the year, so it's only going to get tougher from here."
Camas put seven wrestlers into the finals and earned individuals titles at 120 pounds, 138, 145, 160, and 170, and emerged from a 21-team field to claim the team title with 294.5 points.
Oregon City's Henry Villarreal finished second at 152, Max Perry placed third at 170, and Henry Schoenfield was third at 220, Sage Brown finished fifth at 132, and Dawson Drews was fifth at 182, helping the Pioneers to a 10th-place finish with 116 points.
"We battled every match, there was no giving up, and I'm really happy with how we wrestled today," said Pioneers coach Bobby Bates, who entered 19 wrestlers in the tournament. "It's about where we thought we'd be to start the season, but we've got a lot of things to work on.
"Right now, it's all about getting that mat time and getting back into wrestling shape and getting our match management down. It's a process and it takes an entire season, but you hope you have it all down by February."
Marshall, who finished as the runner-up at 285 in last year's OSAA Class 6A state championships, said one of his goal this season is to go undefeated and cap his high school career with an individual state title.
"I think I'm going to take it home this year," Marshall said. "I fell short last year, but I was also giving up 45 pounds to the guy who won. This year, I'm a full 275, wrestling heavyweight, so I'm pretty set."
Marshall pinned South Albany senior Ryan Miller in 23 seconds to open Saturday's tournament, then he flattened Camas sophomore Brayden Kaylor in 17 seconds, Madison freshman Lakota Bailey in 34 seconds, and North Medford sophomore Devin Crenshaw in 50 seconds.
In the final, Marshall wrapped his arms around Turner, then used an outside trip to take him down and an armbar to turn the Beaverton senior onto his back.
"I wish I would have had one or two tough matches to see where I'm at," Marshall said. "This is a big tournament, so it is a bit of a confidence-booster for me. I won here my freshman year and senior year, and I'm glad I won against because I want to go undefeated and win state.
"I think those are pretty realistic goals. I put in a lot of work over the summer and I think I got a good head start on everybody."
In his five matches combined, Marshall was on the mat for a total of three minutes.
"Lane is probably going to be the favorite in every match that he wrestles for the entire year," Bates said. "He's the highest returning state placer at heavyweight, so he's got that target on his back. He should do well."
Villarreal, another Oregon City senior, drew a first-round bye at 152, then won three consecutive bouts with pins, including a win over top-seeded Jonah Sullivan of Camas in the semifinals.
In the final, Villarreal dropped a 16-4 major decision to North Medford's Ethan Miller. Miller got a takedown and a two-point near fall to take a 4-0 lead at the end of the first round, then used a takedown, another near fall, an escape, and a takedown to open an 11-2 lead in the second round.
"Henry is probably the most athletic, explosive kid on our team, so I don't want to say I'm surprised that he was in the finals," Bates said. "He can wrestle so well and do so many good things, and then sometimes accidents happen. But he wrestled phenomenal this weekend, so I'm excited to see how his season lays out."
For Milwaukie, senior Bryant Smith place second at 145, senior Jacob Ashley took third at 132, freshman Alfred Castillo was seventh at 113, and sophomore Caleb Young was eighth at 126.
"We lost a lot of seniors, so we're a little younger this year," Mustangs coach Brian Duhrkoop said. "The things you want to check off your list are, one, 'Did the kids bring a good attitude?' … which they did. And, two, 'Are they having a good time?' … which they are.
"The hope you have for these early-season tournaments is to get a lot of matches and get some good experience that you can then build on. As far as how we competed, to finish in the top six out of 21 teams was good. It wasn't like I hoped, but it was good."
Camas brought the most wrestlers to the tournament with 32, while Mountainside of Beaverton had 29, and Hermiston had 25. Milwaukie was one of four teams with 24 wrestlers, although the Mustangs were without 182-pounder Logan LaPine and had heavyweight Kaiden Durheim for only one bout before he had to leave because of a personal scheduling conflict.
Smith, a Class 5A state runner-up each of the past two seasons for Milwaukie, won his first three matches Saturday by fall and then scored a 5-0 decision over North Medford sophomore Griffin Gutches in the 145 semifinals.
In the final, Smith dropped an 8-6 decision to Camas senior Craig Tanner, who rallied from a 6-4 deficit at the start of the third round with a takedown and a two-point near fall with just under a minute remaining.
"It was a good team effort, but we definitely have a long ways to go," Duhrkoop said. "The goal today was just for everyone to have five matches and give them something to build on. I didn't care about getting first or guys getting championships.
"What drew us to this tournament is no matter if you win every match or lose every match, you still get five matches. We're younger and we need the experience, and with our schedule, every kid should get at least 30 matches before the first week of January."
Gladstone junior Stefan Smith placed fifth in the heavyweight division after he won his first two matches by fall, lost a 2-0 decision in the quarterfinals, and then came back with two consolation wins by pin.
The Gladiators sent seven wrestlers to the tournament with 170-pound junior Carlos Rodriguez, 182-pound sophomore Shadrach Porter, and 285-pound senior Maxwell Meyer each winning three of five matches.