Rangers place three wrestlers at state meet
PORTLAND — Estacada put three wrestlers onto the podium at last weekend's 4A state tournament at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.
Landin Vittetoe led the effort with a 4-2 record on his way to fourth place in the 120-pound bracket. He produced 14 team points for the Rangers.
Vittetoe landed a spot on the awards stand after scoring a tight 4-2 decision over Sweet Home's Connor Ford in Saturday's morning session. He used an escape and takedown early in the second period to grab the lead and picked up a penalty point early in the third to give himself a two-point cushion. He rode his opponent out, retaining the top position through the final two-minute session.
"I just had to wrestle smart and stick with the game plan," Vittetoe said. "I was watching the points, and held onto his legs to make sure he wasn't going to get a reversal on me. I felt pretty confidence when I saw it get down to 10 seconds left."
Vittetoe finished his season with a 29-7 record.
Nico Winsor (220) pinned his first two opponents to reach the 220-pound semifinals before suffering a loss Saturday morning. He bounced back a couple hours later to pin Sweet Home's Kenny Storms in 19 seconds to win the fifth-place bout. Winsor finished his season with a team-best 38-8 record.
Devin Gotchall (285) went 4-2 in the heavyweight division, finishing with an 11-6 decision over Sweet Home's David McMullen in the fifth-place bout. Gotchall ended the season with a 27-7 record.
Estacada sent 10 wrestlers into the tournament, and the team collected 18 wins over the two days.
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