Three Newberg Tigers claim wrestling state titles
The OSAA high school wrestling season is long gone, but Newberg continued its wrestling excellence with a slew of medals as it hosted the Oregon Freestyle and Greco State Championships for the Cadet and Junior age groups over the weekend.
In all, the Tigers won three titles, collected 10 runner-up finished and finished third nine times.
"Our kids did really well," coach Neil Russo said. "We had a lot of medals, wrestled a lot of matches. Some of those kids are training an awful lot here in the spring and it's nice to see them compete a little bit."
Three Tigers brought home titles, including senior Tristan Osborn, who went 3-0 to win the Junior (17-18 year-olds) freestyle title at heavyweight. The NHS senior also took third in the Greco tournament.
"Tristan's playing lacrosse and I think he came to one wrestling workout between the state finals and this weekend," Russo said. "I think he'd be the first to admit it's tough to do that physically. For a kid who's done very little, if any, Greco and freestyle wrestling, that was good."
Also winning state titles in the Cadet division (15-16 year-olds) were Micah Worthington and Charlie Evans. Worthington won the 120-pound Greco bracket, while Evans, an eighth-grader, was No. 1 in the 126-pound Greco tournament. Worthington and Evans were both third in freestyle, too.
"He's part of a very good eighth grade group that I'm excited to get next year," Russo said of Evans."
Newberg also got strong performances from Christopher Strange and Cody Fettig, both of whom were second in freestyle and third in Greco.
Oliver Myers was second in both styles, losing in the 182-pound finals each time to Travis Wittlake Jr. of Marshfield, who became the first wrestler in Oregon history to win the triple crown – OSAA, freestyle and Greco titles – all four years of his high school career.
Just as important to Russo, though, was how smoothly the army of Newberg volunteers ran four tournaments basically at once.
"Our people stepped up and put on an unbelievable event," Russo said. "I continue to be impressed with the work they do and how much time, energy and effort that our wrestling community puts into not just our program but wrestling in general."
University offering two hoops camps in the fall
George Fox men's basketball coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of his youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer of 2018. The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players. Competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competition, and three-on-three tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and basketball, a camp photo, and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.
The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff. Game scenarios and situation work will be taught and campers will apply what they have learned in competitive five-and-five games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.
The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person. For more information, including a downloadable a registration form, visit athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.