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 win 49-22 at Wilsonville last Thursday.
"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'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 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 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.
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 away Wilsonville.
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 of 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."
Senior Noah Ochs, who typically wrestles at 220, is out with a knee injury and will not return until the district tournament, at the earliest.
Milham was happy with how the Wildcats responded after struggling at Scappoose the week before.
"I'm proud of the team," he said. "It's tough after last week. That was an ugly loss and to come back and do better and do what you're coached and improve, we were happy to see that. That's the big thing to me is getting better every week, and last week I'm not sure we did. But this week we did."
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