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Eagles pile up nearly 100 points more than their nearest competitor at the 14-team tournament

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Tui Laithang (right) was one of six runner-up finishers for the Eagles, who won the team title at last Saturdays Rick Herrin Holiday Classic.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Centennial sent wrestlers into the finals in half of the 14 weight classes to pile up 279.5 points, almost 100 more than runner-up Mountainside, to top the leader board at the 14-team Rick Herrin Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Jonathan Tochi was the only Centennial wrestler to have his hand raised after a title bout, scoring a 6-3 win over Mountainside's Samuel Balderston at 145 pounds. He pinned his first two opponents and got past South Salem's Anton Chacon by a 6-5 decision in the semifinals.

The Eagles collected runner-up finishes from Alberto Lopez (106), Mason Belles (113), Jeremiah Van Cleve (126), Tui Laithang (138), Riley Salazar (152) and Bailey Sparks (182). That group of wrestlers combined for 12 pins during the tournament.

Centennial also saw Edgar Molina (106), Jake Angelovic (120) and Gabe Steen (195) win third-place bouts.

Dual-match recaps

Thursday, Dec. 19

CENTENNIAL 46, CLACKAMAS 21 — The Eagles went 8-4 in the 12 contested bouts and picked up a pair of forfeits to remain undefeated in league duals.

Centennial's Mason Belles had the quickest match of the night, needing only 34 seconds to flatten his 113-pound opponent. Emanuel Gurzhuy won a 4-3 decision in the heavyweight bout, while Tui Laithang won 4-2 at 138 pounds — the two most competitive matches of the dual.

DAVID DOUGLAS 55, BARLOW 21 — The Scots won five of the eight contested bouts, jumping out to a 33-0 lead after pins by Sudeep Guring (103) and Mark Hull (132), three forfeits and a 7-1 decision by Max Garcia (138). Luis Ramirez had the quickest pin of the night, winning in 48 seconds at 160 pounds.

Barlow's Jackson Kane won a 1-0 decision at 182 pounds in the closest bout of the night.

SANDY 51, GRESHAM 28 — The Pioneers won 6 of the 10 contested bouts to pick up their first league-dual victory. Sandy took a commanding 27-12 lead midway through the dual after Riley McVicar scored a 6-4 decision at 138 pounds and Isaiah Shideler won by fall at 145.

The Gophers answered with back-to-back pins from Bryce Granberg (152) and John Smith (160) to pull to within three points in the team tally. Sandy secured the victory by winning four of the final five bouts — two of them by forfeit.

— - MHC wrestling

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