Mat Roundup: Forest Grove and Hillsboro host tournaments
It took a while to get started, but when it did the action was fast and furious.
Hillsboro High School hosted its Hilhi Invitational this past Saturday, Jan. 11, at Hillsboro High School, and while the Spartans didn't finish on top, they were close.
The Sparts finished second to Edmonds-Woodway of Washington (296.5), just seven points behind the visitors from the north, winding up with 289.5 points. Hilhi got wins from senior Tristan Keffer in the 132-pound weight division; sophomore Michael Ellis at 138; senior Tyler Schertenleib, who defeated Banks' Tyler Smith in the final at 152; sophomore Darrius Walker, who defeated Banks' Bryson Cook at 195; and senior Trevor Schubmehl, who defeated Banks' two-time defending 4A state champion James Ellis at 220 pounds. Hillsboro also got a second from senior Scott Ellis, who lost to Glencoe senior Sutton Yazzolino 6-2 in the 160-pound final.
Banks — who finished fourth among the nine competing teams, in addition to Smith, Cook and Ellis' runner-up finishes — got seconds from sophomores Hunter (113) and Dylan Smith (120).
In addition to Yazzolino's win, the Tide got wins from senior Bryce Archer (170) and junior Jesiah Keiser (285), along with seconds from freshman Deylan Russell (106) and Ben Sorenson (182).
The team competition ended as the following: Edmonds-Woodway, Wash., 296.5, Hillsboro 289.5, Mountainside 289, Banks 182, Glencoe 182, Evergreen, Wash., 133, Grant 98 and Milwaukie 38.
Bob Beisell Dual Meet Tournament
Forest Grove hosted their annual Bob Beisell Dual Meet Tournament Saturday, Jan. 11, at Forest Grove High School, and Century came out on top, defeating The Dalles, Beaverton and the host Vikings in the first place match, 54-24.
Century's Ernesto Alvarez scored a total of 46 match points in three matches on his way to three wins and leading the tournament. Century's other standouts included Uriel Rodriguez who was 3-0 and scored 27 points, along with Brody Reese, William Musser and Jackson Wang.
Meanwhile, Forest Grove got another standout performance from Gavin Rice (195), who tallied 22 match points en route to a 3-0 record with two falls and a forfeiture.
In the meet's first place match between the Viks — who defeated Roosevelt and Putnam on their way to the final — and Jags, Century got wins from Abiu Diaz (113), Jerry Vidad (120), Bennet Parkinson (126), William Musser (138), Uriel Rodriguez (145), Ernesto Alvarez (152), Jackson Wang (160), Cayden Palmeri (182), Va' atausili Tofaeono (220) and Brody Reese (285), while Forest Grove's Jose Diaz (132), Owen Rice (170), Gavin Rice (195) and Bryce Perdew (106) picked up victories.
In dual action ...
Century 43, McMinnville 28
McMinnville jumped on Century early when Cameron Anderson pinned the Jaguars' Tristian Mancia in the opening 106-pound match, then built an 18-10 lead after falls in both the 126 and 132 weight divisions. Undeterred, Century fought back with three straight victories, including falls by William Musser (145), Ernesto Alvarez (152) and Jackson Wang (160) to take a 31-18 lead, and never looked back. In addition, the Jags got wins from Abiu Diaz (113), Nathaniel Denman (120), Uriel Rodriguez (138), Cayden Palmeri (182), and Va' atausili Tofaeono (220).
Sherwood 59, Liberty 15
Liberty knew they'd have their hands full when they traveled to Sherwood for their Jan. 9 contest with the No. 8-ranked Bowmen, and they were right. Despite evening the match 12-12 after getting falls from both Tanner Santesson (126) and Oscar Romeo (132) early, it was all Sherwood after that, as the Bowmen won the remaining eight matches, seven of which were by fall, with one by technical fall. In addition to Santesson and Romeo, Liberty's Bryce Wunderly earned a 7-1 decision over Logan Swanson in the 138-pound match.
Newberg 61, Glencoe 12
The Newberg Tigers are No. 1-ranked in the 6A classification for a reason, and they showed that Thursday night, Jan. 9, at Glencoe High School against the Tide.
Glencoe's Deylan Russell pinned Newberg's Dylan James in the 106-pound weight division to start the night, but it was all Tigers after that, as the visitors went on to win 12 of the last 13 bouts, eight of which were by fall. Other than Russell, the Crimson Tide's Ben Sorenson was the only other Tide grappler to earn a point, getting six by forfeiture in the 182-pound weight division. Admirably, Glencoe's Hunter Nakamoto (113), Adrian Archer (138), Sutton Yazzolino (160) and Bryce Archer (170) managed to fight off pins by some of the state's very best on the mat.
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