The state's best wrestlers have stepped back into the circle.
After battling through the pandemic-shortened 2021 spring season, high school wrestling is back and ready for a return to full-length seasons, district tournaments and state championships.
That is definitely the case for the varsity boys teams at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas, Nelson, Milwaukie, Putnam, Wilsonville and Gladstone, a group that includes returning district runners-up from West Linn and Clackamas.
Read more about each team's 2021-22 prospects below.
Three Rivers League
Head coach: Turner Young
2021 record: Sixth at TRL district
2021-22 outlook: "A handful of (our athletes) are new to the sport of wrestling, (but) they are great prospects and will be fun to watch this season, along with our experienced wrestlers." — Turner Young
League contenders: West Linn, Tualatin, Canby
Top wrestlers: Junior Riis Hinrichs (132 lbs.), junior Liam Dolan (182 lbs.), sophomore Dylan Keyser (106 lbs.), sophomore Henri Danzelaud, junior Jack Knapp, freshman Beck Hinrichs, freshman Noah Uecker.
Head coach: Brandon McDonald
2021 record: Seventh at TRL district
2021-22 outlook: "This season will be an exciting dive into the unknown. With a lot of new faces throughout the roster, our success will depend on how quickly they learn to come together and fight for each other." — Brandon McDonald
League contenders: West Linn, Tualatin
Top wrestlers: Junior Josh Healy (120 lbs.), senior Ian Healy (126 lbs.), senior Hamza Said-al-Naief (138 bs.).
Head coach: Jim Marshall
2021 record: Fifth at TRL district
2021-22 outlook: "We have good numbers out this year. We will be a little young, but everyone is working hard. It will be exciting to see how this team challenges itself to see how they finish." — Jim Marshall
League contenders: West Linn, Tualatin, Canby
Top wrestlers: Senior Oscar Cueller (113 lbs.), sophomore Wyatt Stahl (126 lbs.), senior Daniell Schull (138 lbs.), junior Carson Stahl (138 lbs.), freshman Mitch Johnson (145 lbs.), senior Bella Amaro (140 lbs.).
Head coach: Doug Samarron
2021 record: Second at TRL district
2021-22 outlook: "We have great leadership back, but need to develop our depth if we hope to challenge for the league title again." — Doug Samarron
League contenders: Tualatin, West Linn, Canby, Tigard
Top wrestlers: Senior Ethan Goff (132 lbs.), junior Justin Rademacher (170 lbs.), junior Ben Winjum (182 lbs.), junior Earl Ingle (195 lbs.), junior Liam Armstrong (220 lbs.), senior Cobie Daly (285 lbs.).
Mt. Hood Conference
Head coach: Jayson Wullbrandt
2021 record: Second at MHC district
2021-22 outlook: "We have a small but experienced group of wrestlers returning. We will need to continue to fill some spots with new wrestlers if we hope to compete for a league trophy and give ourselves a shot at bringing home a trophy from the state tournament. We have a lot of returning district placers, but (it's)hard to judge … where we will measure up in the league and state." — Jayson Wullbrandt
League contenders: David Douglas
Top wrestlers: Sophomore Keagan Lopez (145 lbs.), sophomore Jeremiah Wachsmuth (113 lbs.), sophomore Jacob Larson (120 lbs.), senior Jackson Wilcoxen (138 lbs.), junior Adrian Pacheco (145 lbs.), junior Trent Ewry (152 lbs.), junior Eli Yoder (182 lbs.), senior Cole Sims (160 lbs.), junior Dylan Gentile (195 lbs.).
Head coach: Mark Lynch
2021 record: N/A (first-year program)
2021-22 outlook: "We are building a program with a tradition of hard work, dedication and pride. As a young team, we hope to rise to a highly competitive presence, and at the same time, be true to our seniors and help them achieve their goals on the mat." — Mark Lynch
League contenders: Clackamas, David Douglas, Centennial, Reynolds
Top wrestlers: Senior Cole Wronski (190 lbs.), sophomore Garret Quick (170 lbs.), junior Dakota Reeves (120 lbs. girls), senior Reece Le (155 lbs. girls).
Northwest Oregon Conference
Head coach: Stephen Schantin
2021 record: Fifth at NWOC district
2021-22 outlook: "We are very young, but have incredible leadership from our experienced wrestlers. In order to compete for a league title, we will need to develop our freshman (and) sophomore classes." — Stephen Schantin
League contenders: Scappoose, St. Helens, Hillsboro, Milwaukie
Top wrestlers: Junior Theo Baldwin (126 lbs.), senior Alfredo Castillo (138 lbs.), junior Gavin Smith (145 lbs.), senior Gage Munoz (160 lbs.), junior Marquies A'au (285 lbs.).
Head coach: John Telesmanich
2021 record: Fourth at NWOC district
2021-22 outlook: We are super young, (and we) will struggle to fill our lineup for dual meets." — John Telesmanich
League contenders: Scappoose, St. Helens
Top wrestlers: Senior Drew Greco (145 lbs.), senior Ray Taitingfong (106 lbs.).
Head coach: Jason Milham
2021 record: Sixth at NWOC district
2021-22 outlook: "We have a good group of kids returning and are upperclassmen strong. I expect us to be solid competitors at the varsity level. Depth is always something to work on, but we have some solid young kids as well who we are looking to contribute as the season progresses." — Jason Milham
League contenders: Hillsboro, Scappoose, St. Helens
Top wrestlers: Senior Marshall Rodenbeck (182 lbs.), senior Zach Sutherland (195 lbs.), junior Fredy Garcia (113 lbs.), sophomore Jack Ricketts (120 lbs.), junior Kaden Kramer (126 lbs.).
Head coach: Rodney Hawthorne
2021-22 outlook: "The team is small this year — we … started with about 13 kids and are down to about 8 kids — but the kids we have are pretty good kids. Gladstone used to have a rich tradition in … (wrestling and) our goal is to revisit those years again with a sound kids program." — Rodney Hawthorne
League contenders: La Grande, Sisters, Baker
2021 record: 25th at Class 4A state
Top wrestlers: Junior Brody Kitzmiller (195 lbs.), junior Jonas Porter (145 lbs.), senior Kalem Douglas (220 lbs.), junior Tristan Nonne (126 lbs.), freshman Wyatt Devey (285 lbs.), sophomore Sabrina Stewart (165 lbs. girls).
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.