Putnam's Kevin Villa uses quick pin to lock up 195-pound district title
Putnam High School's Kevin Villa wanted to get on and off the wrestling mat as quickly as possible Saturday night.
Villa needed only 18 seconds to put Scappoose's Brett Krieger on his back and clinch the 195-pound title at Saturday's Northwest Oregon Conference district championships at Wilsonville High School.
Hillsboro put nine wrestlers into Saturday's finals and came away with four individual titles to secure a second consecutive district team title with 342.5 points to runner-up Scappoose's 306.
Putnam edged crosstown rival Milwaukie by six points, 159-153, for fifth place in the team race, with five wrestlers advancing the to OSAA Class 5A state tournament beginning Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Putnam's Lawrence Riddle and Drew Greco finished 3-4, respectively, at 126 pounds, Chace Coopersmith placed fourth at 170, and Elijah Mireles took fourth at 120.
"We wrestled above and beyond expectations," Kingsmen coach John Telesmanich said. "We had three No. 5 seeds and two of them got to state, beating kids who had beaten them before. And then we had kids who we didn't think would place at all and they got on the podium.
"We wrestled really well on Friday and got 14 of our 17 wrestlers through to today. We didn't wrestle as well today, but we were good enough to send five to state in a year when we thought Kevin and Drew might be our only two state qualifiers.
Villa's quick pin in the finals put an exclamation point on an impressive district run for the Putnam senior, who went 4-0 with four first-round falls — three in under 30 seconds each.
"My goal was to get first, which I did," Villa said. "I went for a double-leg takedown to an arm bar and I just took it from there.
"It feels great to win a district championship, but it's not enough. Once I get a state title, that's when I'll be truly happy."
Milwaukie put seven of its 17 wrestlers into Saturday's semifinals, and three of them advanced to the finals where Korbyn Amundson went overtime to clinch the 182-pound title, Peter Foulke finished second at 220, and Gavin Smith placed second at 106.
Also for the Mustangs, Ulises Aguilar-Soto finished third at 285, while Alfredo Castillo at 113, Brandon Pomeroy at 138, and Osric White at 152 each finished fourth, punching their tickets to the state tournament.
"We had a rough day on Friday and came back and did about as well as could be expected today," Mustangs coach Robert Lippi said. "There were a couple of matches that we should have won that we didn't, and that happens every year."
Amundson, seeded first at 182, pinned Hillsboro's Daniel Malamura in 24 seconds in the quarterfinals, and then pinned Scappoose's Raymond Helms in 48 seconds in the semifinals.
Amundson had his hands full with Echeverria in the final, with the lead changes hands five times before Amundson scored an escape with 30 seconds remaining in the third round that tied the score at 7-7.
In overtime, Amundson worked inside to get Echeverria off his feet and then circled for the winning takedown 31 seconds into the sudden-victory round.
"He came at me a lot harder than he did when I faced him in our dual meet and I wasn't really ready for that," Amundson said. "It just came down to conditioning. I knew I had a bigger gas tank towards the end because I saw him getting tired and I felt him getting tired.
"In the end, I just circled around him and was a lot faster than him at that point. Now that it's all said and done, I feel pretty good about it and I'm pretty proud that I was able to win it this year."
In the other finals involving Milwaukie wrestlers, top-seeded Gavin Schaer of St. Helens won by a 14-6 major decision over Smith at 106, and Hillsboro's Trevor Schubmehl scored a takedown in the closing seconds of the second round they helped lift him to a 4-2 decision over Foulke at 220.
Gladiators advance: Gladstone's Hunter Lehman placed second in the 160-pound weight class after dropping a 3-1 decision to top-seeded Ian Feldmeier of Baker/Power Valley in Saturday's finals of the OSAA 4A Special District 4 wrestling championships at Ontario High School.
Gladstone's Chael Williams scored a first-round fall to finish third at 170, Josh Heywood did the same at 285, while Tony Rodriguez placed fourth at 182 and Stefan Smith ended up fourth at 285 in qualifying for this week's state championship tournament at the Coliseum in Portland.
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