Colton's Joseph Moore wins Special District title
Colton's Joseph Moore is a Special District 1 wrestling champion. The sophomore 160-pounder burned through four opponents to claim league gold. Moore started by overwhelming Toledo's Jeremy Grump in 1:56 in the opening round, and then defeating Nestucca's Marshall Raymond in 2:44 to move past the quarterfinal stage.
In the semifinals, Moore had his longest match yet, battling Vernonia's Heppner Forster for over four minutes before getting the pin at 4:23 of the match to move into the championship round. The finals would be his quickest match of the day though, as he breezed past Toledo's Jacoby Simonds in just 53 seconds.
Colton had a duo of wrestlers claim third place as well. At 138-pounds Colton freshman Dylan Bonfield was on the winning side more often than not, receiving a bye in the opening
round and pinning Knappa's Pavlo Miller in 1:16. After getting pinned by Vernonia's Austin Sicard in the semifinals, Bonfield rebounded with a win over Rolando Miranda of Gervais, getting the major decision 11-2, and then pinning Waldport's Kaleb Chavez in a minute flat to earn third place.
The other third place wrestler was 220-pound sophomore Elijah Hagler. Hagler alternated wins and losses, but got late pins over Kennedy's Quentin Castro and Nestucca's Isaac Barnes to secure the bronze in the weight bracket.
At 113-pounds, Jeremiah Singleterry started his run in the quarterfinals strong, pinning Knappa's Lakota Schaeffer in just 1:03, but stumbled in subsequent outings. The Viking was pinned by Vernonia's Shawn Long and Cypress Coleman, landing him in fourth place.
145-pounder Jeremiah Armas received a bye in the opening round, but was pinned by Siletz Valley's Harrison Smith and Neah-Kah-Nie's Jacob Waldron in back to back matches.