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The Eagles end seven of the bouts in first period in league dual against Gresham

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Tui Laithang keeps his eye on the official while closing in on a first-round pin at 132 pounds. The Eagles scored a 68-10 dual win over Gresham.

Mount Hood Conference dual

Team Score
Centennial Eagles (1-0)
Gresham Gophers (0-1)

The Centennial wrestling team opened the Mount Hood Conference season with a resounding 68-10 dual win at Gresham last Thursday.

The Eagles won 10 of the 12 contested bouts, picking up up seven of those wins by first-round pins. Mark Mendivil (160 pounds) had the night's shortest bout, needing only 40 seconds to throw his opponent to his back for a fall.

Centennial's Phillip Kue got in on his opponent's legs for a takedown at the first-period whistle for a 4-1 lead at 138 pounds. Late in the second round, he had his opponent on his back with his legs kicking high in the air for a near-fall. Kue kept up the pressure in the third period and eventually earned a 17-2 technical fall.

Centennial's Bailey Sparks scored a reversal at the end of the first round and followed it with another reversal on his first move in the second round to build a 6-2 lead. He would eventually pin his opponent early in the third round.

"That was a game changer," Sparks said. "I knew I didn't have a hold for a pin, so I let him get away, took him down again and built my advantage."

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Ihe Gonzales works to turn his opponent in the heavyweight bout, which he won on a pin with 0:16 left in the first period.

The most entertaining bout of the night came at 145 pounds where Centennial's Jonathan Tochi took a 5-2 lead into the final two minutes. He exchanged back points with Gresham's Timothy Ballew in the third period to maintain a slim two-point edge down the stretch. Gresham's wrestler was penalized a point for an illegal hold with 1:06 to go, and Tochi came out of the restart with a reversal to secure the 14-7 decision.

Gresham got onto the scoreboard at 126 pounds where Caden Brewington used a cradle hold to score a near-fall late in the first round on his way to an 18-6 major decision.

Alex Kral (220) picked up the Gophers' only pin, twisting into his opponent and toppling him to his back in the second round then finishing off the fall 20 seconds later.

"It was a combination move where I came out on top of him," Kral said. "After that I just had to lift his head to prevent his bridge, then use my chest to push him into the mat."

Centennial hosts Sandy in an early-season dual at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which could decide the MHC dual-meet champion.

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Centennial 68, Gresham 10

106 — Sudeep Guring, CNT, wins forfeit

113 — Jake Angelovic, CNT, wins forfeit

120 — Jeremiah Van Cleve, CNT, wins by fall 1:08

126 — Caden Brewington, GRE, wins 17-6 major

132 — Tui Laithang, CNT, wins by fall 0:49

138 — Phillip Kue, CNT, wins 17-2 T-Fall

145 — Jonathan Tochi, CNT, wins 14-7

152 — Riley Salazar, CNT, wins by fall 1:37

160 — Mark Mendivil, CNT, wins by fall 0:40

170 — Terrance Proehl, CNT, wins by fall 1:19

182 — Bailey Sparks, CNT, wins by fall 1:20

195 — Gabe Steen, CNT, wins by fall 4:39

220 — Alex Kral, GRE, wins by fall 3:53

285 — Ihe Gonzales, CNT, wins by fall 1:44

This story is slated for our Tuesday, Dec. 11, print edition.

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