It's been a bit of a rough year for Forest Grove wrestling.
With a new coach and a number of new faces, the Vikings are building what they hope will be a sustainable level of success for years to come. But nothing comes easy, and after an 0-3 start to the Pacific Conference dual season, things didn't get any easier this week as the No. 6-ranked Sherwood Bowmen defeated the Viks 61-18 on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Forest Grove High School.
Sherwood handed the Vikings 12 points by way of forfeit in both the 106 and 126 pound weight divisions, but then scored victories in all but one other weight class, getting falls in all but two of the contested matches.
Forest Grove's lone winner was senior Gavin Rice, who defeated Sherwood's Ashton Sarono-Ramos by fall (1:35) in the 195 pound weight division. Also, the Vikings' Mynor Oppenlander lost a tight, 8-6 match with the Bowmen's Dallen Jolley at 138 pounds.
The Vikings will travel to Glencoe with a dual the Tide at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, and will compete in the Geister Invitational, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, at Clackamas High School.
Newberg 59, Century 15
Despite a relative level of success in recent weeks, including a narrow defeat to No. 6-ranked Sherwood last week, the Century Jaguars suffered a lopsided, 59-15 defeat to No. 1-ranked Newberg this past Thursday, Jan. 23, at Century High School.
The Tigers won all but one match before the Jaguars finished with consecutive wins in the 220 and 285 pound weight divisions.
After dropping six straight to open the contest, Century's Ernesto Alvarez earned three points with a 10-5 decision over Newberg's Price Pothier at 145 pounds. Later, the Jaguars' Va' atausili Tofaeono pinned the Tigers' Jaden Bowes in just 56 seconds, while his teammate, Brody Reese, followed suit with a fall over Robert McGillvray in 1:36 in the 285 pound weight class.
Century will face Liberty in a Pacific Conference dual at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, before competing at the Reser's Tournament of Champions Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at Liberty High School.
Banks 49, La Center (WA) 27
Despite a bit of a lull in the middle weights, the Braves managed nicely in a 49-27 win over La Center of Washington in one of their few duals Friday, Jan. 24, at Clackamas Community College.
Banks got off to a fast start, getting six points from Hunter Smith, Serenity Moody, Dylan Smith and Jackson Lyda in the meet's first four matches. La Center pulled within 24-21, however, getting four consecutive wins in the 132, 138, 145, and 152 pound weight divisions. The Braves hit the gas from there, though, getting wins from Johnathan Dudley (160), Rephael Mauck (170), Tyler Paysse (182), James Ellis (220) and Ramsey Hering (285) to close things out.
A day later, Banks traveled to the Monroe Invitational at Monroe High School, where the Braves finished third among the 16 teams competing.
Top finishers for Banks included: Hunter Smith, who won the 106 pound weight division, Luke Bozied (132) fourth, Rephael Mauck (170) fourth, James Ellis (195) fourth, Bryson Cook (220) fourth, Auto Sewell (113) fifth, Dylan Smith (120) fifth, Ramsey Hering (285) fifth, Johnathan Dudley (160) sixth, Daevan Vereen (182) sixth and Tyler Smith (145) eighth.
Head coach Dan Herb was pleased with the team's effort, especially with the late-night dual a day prior, and is optimistic about his team's chances for success as the season winds toward regionals and state.
"We wrestled to expectations, although we got a little tired toward Saturday afternoon," Herb said. "We're rounding into good shape and cleaning up our technique. The kids are starting to round into form as we head down the home stretch."
Banks is next scheduled to participate in a three-way dual with Estacada and Woodburn Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Woodburn High School.
McMinnville 37, Glencoe 33
In a match that saw the Crimson Tide fall behind 18-3 and then take the lead 24-18, it was the McMinnville Grizzlies who ultimately walked away the victors in a 37-33 win over the visiting Tide Thursday, Jan. 23, at McMinnville High School.
The Grizzlies took an early 12-0 lead before Glencoe's Adrian Archer won a 12-7 decision over Dominik Miller. After a forfeit at 145 pounds made it 18-3, the Tide got three straight falls by Andreis Rodriguez (152), Sutton Yazzolino (160) and Bryce Archer (170), before a 9-5 decision by Ben Sorenson (182) put Glencoe ahead 24-18. McMinnville responded, getting a major decision at 195 pounds, then consecutive falls at 220 and 285 to go back ahead 34-24 before the Tide got nine late points, three from Deylan Russell (106) and six from Hunter Nakamoto (113) to cut the lead to 34-33 with a single match remaining. Unfortunately for Glencoe, McMinnville's Gavin Rosenberry won a 12-7 decision over the Tide's Daniel Criange to close out the match.
Glencoe next hosts Forest Grove at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Glencoe High School.
Hillsboro 71, Parkrose 10
Sometimes it's almost too easy.
Neither Hillsboro wrestlers nor their coach would ever say as much, but after dropping the second match of the night, the Spartans made quick work of the host Broncos, defeating Parkrose 71-10 in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet Thursday, Jan. 23, at Parkrose High School.
After dropping two of the match's first three bouts, the Spartans ran off 11 consecutive wins, all but one of which were by fall. Hilhi winners included Joshua Smith (126), Tristin Keffer (132), Michael Ellis (138), Jackson Godsey (145), Tyler Schertenleib (152), Scott Ellis (160), Sean Ellis (170), Sebastian Echeverria (182), Darrius Walker (195) and Trevor Schubmehl (220).
The Spartans will next face Putnam at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Hillsboro High School, and will take their 5A No. 9-ranking to the Reser's Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at Liberty High School.
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