Four Indians wrestlers finish in top three at Don York Invitational as Molalla gears up for Oregon Wrestling Classic this weekend

Molalla's wrestling team gave a solid performance at the annual Don York Invitational at Cleveland High School over the weekend, as two wrestlers earned finishes at the top of the podium, while two other finishes in the top three. SUBMITTED PHOTO: BRIAN MOUNT  - Molalla sophomore Dustin Asher (left) wrestles at Sandy last weekend.

Dustin Asher (18-1) pinned all four of his opponents to take first place in the 106-pound weight class. He started out with a bye in the first round, and then pinned Franklin's Iker Vigil in 28 seconds to move on to the quarterfinal round, where he pinned Cleveland's Kenji Clair in 13 seconds. Then in the semis, Asher kept his momentum going and pinned Tualatin's Chad Kailuli in three minutes, 10 seconds to move on to the championship bout. Asher didn't show any signs of slowing down and pinned Wilsonville's Adzel Villanueva (15-5) in three minutes, 40 seconds to grab the podium.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Molalla senior Wyatt Perkins wrestles at the Estacada Ranger Classic last month. Perkins took first-place in the 160-pound weight class at the annual Don York Invitational at
Cleveland High School over the weekend.Wyatt Perkins (21-5) also took first place in the 160-pound class with four pins and a decision in his favor. In the first round, Perkins pinned Franklin's Patrick Churchill in two minutes, 44 seconds, and then in the second round, pinned Centenntial's Cole Johnson in 43 seconds. Perkins kept it going through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where he earned two more pins over Gladstone's Tyler Noreen in one minutes, 21 seconds and Tualatin's Michael Saucedo in three minutes, 28 seconds, respectively. Then in the championship bout, Perkins won by a 13-6 decision of Wilsonville's Andrew Gay (10-4) to take the title.

Maximus Tate (16-1) took second place in the tournament after pinning his way into the semis, where he won by a very tight 1-0 decision over Wilsonville's Isaac Quesada (22-3) to move onto the championship match. Centenntial's Phillip Kue proved too much to handle, however, as he would win by fall over Tate in one minute, 43 seconds.

Molalla's final top-three finisher was Ryan Mount (23-2), who took third in the 152-pound weight class. Mount pinned his way into the semifinal round and then lost by a 10-4 decision to Wilsonville's Tyson Resko to move into the consolation bracket. Mount then pinned Tualatin's Jake Reser in three minutes, 38 seconds to move on to the third-place bout, where he pinned teammate Ben Pruitt (10-5) in three minutes, 22 seconds to take third as Pruitt took fourth place.

Up next for the Indians is the Crook County Clash on Thursday, followed by the Oregon Wrestling Classic this weekend in Redmond.

Conner Williams
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