Wrestling: Molalla places four in top three at Sandy's Carey Larson Memorial Tournament Saturday
Molalla's wrestlers look to be in good shape after taking on a number of larger programs at the annual Sandy Invitational last weekend, garnering four top-three finishes at the tournament.
Undefeated 126-pound sophomore Maximus Tate (14-0) took first place after earning two byes into the semifinal round, where he won by a 10-6 decision over Tigard's Edgar Garcia. Tate then moved on to the championship bout against Tualatin's Sami Victoriano, as Tate took the win with a pin in one minute, 42 seconds.
Senior Ryan Mount (19-1) also took first at the tournament in the 152-pound weight class; he received a bye into the quarterfinals, where he pinned Tigard's Alex Leon in 50 seconds to move on to the semifinal round. There, Mount beat Gresham's Emijayh Flanagan by an 11-1 decision, putting him into the finals match against Sandy's Isaiah Draper-Rios. Mount won by injury default in three minutes, 49 seconds to take the title.
Junior Emmett Smyth (9-5) took second in the 170-pound weight class after pinning Oregon City's Harley Richter in one minute in the first round. Smyth then won by an 8-2 decision over Stayton's Andrew Taylor in the quarterfinal round, and then won by decision again, 12-7, over Madison's Tenzin Kunphel in the semifinal round. Then in the championship round, Sandy's Max Topliff took the title by pinning Smyth in 57 seconds.
Rounding out the top-three finishers for the Indians was junior Dustin Asher (15-1) in the 113-pound class. After a bye in the first round, Asher took on Tigard's Cameron O'Connor in the quarterfinals, where he won by a 10-4 decision. Asher then moved onto the semis, where he fell to Silverton's Jacob Whitehead in one minute, 14 seconds to put him in the consolation bracket for a shot at third place. In that bout, Asher brought his usual intensity with him as he pinned Stayton's Cody Murphy in one minute, 36 seconds to take third place.
Up next for the Indians is the Don York Invitational at Cleveland High School in Portland on Friday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 6.
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