Centennial edges Scappoose for top team honors at Geister Invitational
Centennial's Mason Belles won the 106-pound title, Jeremiah Van Cleve finished second at 126, and six other Centennial wrestlers placed Saturday, lifting the Eagles to the team title at the two-day Bill Geister Invitational at Clackamas High School.
The Eagles of the Mt. Hood Conference went 47-21 overall with a tournament-high 23 pins and finished with 198.5 points to runner-up Scappoose's 192.
Ridgeview (170), Canby (154.5), Oregon City (153), and Willamina (128) rounded out the top six in the 26-team field.
Oregon City's Austin Nekvapil clinched the 145-pound title, bouncing back from a 5-0 deficit and near fall to pin top-seeded Patrick Brown of Cleveland in the closing seconds of the first round in the final.
"I didn't really know what to expect going into the final," said Nekvapil, who had dropped a 6-4 decision to Brown at the Dec. 28 Centennial Invitational. "I just wanted to go out there and beat him this time."
Brown scored the initial takedown with a fireman's carry and took Nekvapil straight to his back for a three-point near fall, but couldn't hold down the Oregon City sophomore.
"Yeah, it was close," Nekvapil said. "I just bridged hard to the left, I got my arm out, and I ended up arm rolling him to his back. I got some near-fall points and then I switched to a far-side, head-and-arm to put him away."
Oregon City's Sage Brown finished second at 132, Mannix Perry and Spencer Townsend placed second and third, respectively, at 160 for the Pioneers, who went 32-21 as a team, with 20 pins, two technical falls, and one major decision.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well, overall," Pioneers coach Bobby Bates said. "We had a pretty good dual against Canby on Thursday and I thought we wrestled really well here. A lot of our guys are pretty banged up and tired, so I'm glad some of them were able to finish.
"I pulled a couple of them early for precautionary reasons. They just had little dings that I didn't want to get any worse, because I want them all to be able to wrestle in a couple of weeks at the district tournament."
Milwaukie's Korbyn Amundson took top honors at 182 pounds, Peter Foulke was second at 220, and Osric White finished sixth at 160 for the Mustangs, who went 23-18 with 15 pins and finished in 10th place in the team race with 100 points.
Amundson, seeded fourth at 182, scored a 10-5 win over top-seeded Ramtin Yazdani of Mountainside in the semifinals, and then won by an 8-2 decision over No. 3-seeded Logan Doman of Canby in the final.
"I just tried to stay patent in the first round and conserve energy before I picked it up in the later rounds," Amundson said after the final. "The competition was pretty good at this tournament. A lot tougher than most of the tournaments I've been to. I thought I wrestled pretty well."
Clackamas' Danny Pacheco finished third at 170, Jackson Wilcoxen placed fifth at 106, and Trent Ewry was fifth at 113 for the Cavaliers, who posted a 29-21 record with 18 pins and finished 11th in the team race, two points behind Milwaukie.
"You kind of use this tournament as a chance to see one more time where you stand and gauge what you need to do to get ready for the district tournament," Cavaliers coach Jayson Wullbrandt said. "Nothing that I saw was a surprise.
"It's everything that we know that we need to do. It's just a matter of kids buying into doing what you've got to do."
Putnam's Kevin Villa, unseeded at 195 pounds, made his way to the finals after he pinned No. 3-seeded Logan Shenk of Ridgeview in the round of 16, scored a 7-3 decision over No. 6 Gabe Steen of Centennial in the quarterfinals, and won 7-5 over No. 2 Gavin Rice of Forest Grove in the semifinals.
In the final, Villa took a 4-3 lead into the third round against top-seeded Robert Plympton of Reynolds, who opened the final round with an escape before he scored a takedown and rolled Villa onto his back for a pin.
Putnam's Drew Greco finished fifth at 126 and was the only other wrestler to place for the Kingsmen, who went 19-25 with seven pins and edged Forest Grove 67.5-64.5 for 17th place.
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