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With district and state championships looming, local schools are gearing up for the stretch run.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Forest Grove's Bryce Perdew wrestles during the Vikings' dual match against McMinnville Thursday, Feb. 6, at Forest Grove High School.After a tough start, Wilsonville began to gain some momentum in its NWOC dual against Hillsboro.

But Scott Ellis put an end to that.

The Hillsboro senior defeated Wilsonville sophomore Marshall Rodenbeck 7-0 to win the 160-pound match and turn the tide back in the Spartans' favor.

Hillsboro won the next three matches, all by fall, to clinch a 49-22 victory at Wilsonville last Thursday, Feb. 6.

"The momentum had definitely gone over a little bit to the other side and I did my best to try and switch it back over," Ellis said. "We have a lot of great guys ahead of me who can do that, and we've got a lot of great guys below who started off good for us."

Hillsboro head coach Stephen Moreno was obviously pleased with the end result, but also thought they were fortunate to avoid an upset after seemingly taking for granted the strength of their opponent.

"With two weeks left in our regular season, I think we underestimated a strong team and gave too much respect to their high performers," Moreno said. "Wilsonville wrestled disciplined and intentional and put my team on their heels in several matches and situations."

Hillsboro's Osman Herrera Camposeco narrowly defeated Wilsonville freshman Fredy Garcia 9-8 to open the dual.

"Fredy wrestled awesome at 106," Wilsonville coach Jason Milham said. "That (Camposeco) kid, at least on paper, is probably the 1 or 2 seed in the league. We could have easily won that match."

At 113 pounds, Wilsonville freshman Kaden Kramer pinned Hawley Gilbert in the first period to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead.

But Wilsonville forfeited at 120, and Hillsboro got pins from Damon Chavez and Tristin Keffer at 126 and 132 to take a 21-6 advantage.

Wilsonville senior Isaac Quesada, returning from a shoulder injury, kept the Wildcats in the dual by earning a 12-2 major decision at 138 pounds.

Caleb Wilde then gutted out a 4-1 victory at 145.

"I've been out of the room for four days because I've been super sick," Wilde said. "I went to the doctor on Tuesday and they said my lungs were at 50 percent."

Wilde, who during an injury break after the second period used his asthma inhaler, was not even sure he would be able to wrestle.

"I didn't want to get a lower seed at districts because of it, so I decided to wrestle," Wilde said. "I've always had it (asthma), but it especially gets worse when I'm sick. I didn't get underneath him because being on the bottom really drains you. I just kind of weathered the storm the first round and tried to wrestle on my feet."

Wilsonville sophomore Austin Sharp also won a close decision, holding on to defeat Tyler Schertenleib 14-13 at 152 pounds.

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Hillsboro's Scott Ellis wrestles during the Spartans' match against Wilsonville Thursday, Feb. 6, at Wilsonville High School.The victory got the Wildcats within 21-16, before Scott Ellis gave the momentum back to Hillsboro.

Sean Ellis (170), Sebastian Echeverria (182) and Darrius Walker (195) all won by fall to put Wilsonville away.

After forfeiting 220, Wilsonville junior Jake Moore pinned Andy Garcia in 58 seconds in the final match of the night.

"His fitness is coming on and he's picking up things and wrestling hard," Milham said of Moore, who missed the first couple weeks of the season. "He's a good athlete and a good worker. Now that he has a number of matches under his belt, it's starting to come together for him."

Moreno cited the steady improvement he's seen in much of his team in recent weeks, but singled out Tristin Keffer and Scott and Sean Ellis, as well as Echeverria, as wrestlers he expects to make waves at the district and state championships. Ultimately, he's looking for an overall team performance when it matters most, and he feels confidence will be the key to making that happen.

"We are still improving our match mentality," Moreno said. "Our team is set to peak in the next two weeks and there isn't much to change regarding the way we are wrestling. We are wrestling tough. We are in a situation wherein my wrestlers need to expect to win, be confident in their training and go out and take advantage of opportunities."

Hillsboro will next wrestle at Milwaukie in a NWOC dual meet this Thursday, Feb. 13, at Milwaukie High School.

McMinnville 40, Forest Grove 30

The Vikings may have lost on paper, but in reality Forest Grove and McMinnville split the 13 contested matches.

The visiting Grizzlies built an early lead with falls in the night's first two bouts, then — after Sebastian Rivera got the Vikings on the board with a major decision win — added to that lead by winning four of the first five. But Forest Grove battled back, getting a 7-3 decision from Mynor Oppenlander in the 138-pound match, then two straight falls from Lewis Gray and Jeremy Clapshaw at 145 and 152 pounds, before the Viks closed their scoring with a fall and technical fall from Owen (170) and Gavin Rice (182) to take a 30-25 lead with just three matches remaining.

Mac's Jayson Jarvis defeated Jeffrey Fall by a 1-0 decision in the night's last contested match, before Rylee Charter (220) and Jacob Barnes (285) were awarded wins by forfeit to end the dual.

Forest Grove will next be participating in the Pacific Conference District Tournament this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at Liberty High School.

Sherwood 51, Glencoe 21

The No. 7-ranked Bowmen did what they were supposed to do, defeating Glencoe 51-21 Thursday, Feb. 6, at Sherwood High School.

The Crimson Tide jumped ahead 12-0 with a forfeiture in the opening match, followed by Hunter Nakamoto's fall over Nick Hekker at 113 pounds. But it was all Bowmen from there, as Sherwood won each of the next seven matches, four of which came by fall.

Glencoe got wins from Nakamoto, Bryce Archer (170) — who earned a fall over Sam Fangon — and Ben Sorenson (182), who got a 12-7 decision over Ian Glenn. Josue Cazares (120) and Adrian Archer (138) were each defeated narrowly, losing 1-point decisions.

Newberg 72, Liberty 6

In what could only be described as an uphill battle for the Falcons, No. 1-ranked Newberg handily defeated Liberty 72-6 Thursday, Feb. 6, at Newberg High School.

The Falcons got but one win in the match, when Liberty junior Oscar Romeo pinned the Tigers' Tanner Nicol in the 120-pound weight division during the night's third bout.

Both teams will face off against the rest of the league this week for the Pacific Conference District Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at Liberty High.


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