The Newberg Tigers overwhelmed the competition at the Rose City Championships on Saturday, picking up where they left off last spring when they earned their second consecutive Class 6A state championship.
The event at Westview High School featured 22 teams from schools in Oregon and Washington, including seven 6A teams ranked among the top 10 in Oregon in a pre-season coaches' poll.
Twenty-two Tiger wrestlers competed in the event, with 14 advancing to the semifinals, nine to the finals and five who won individual titles among the 14 weight classes. The Tigers amassed 473 points to easily outdistance runner-up 5A Thurston (296.5) and third-place Sprague (238). This is the third Rose City title for the Tigers in the past five years as they were champions in 2018 and 2019 as well.
Winning titles were Isaac Hampton (113 pounds), Brandon Smith (120), Ethan Ritchie (132), Nicky Olmstead (138) and Charlie Evans (160).
Newberg's performance indicated it could be headed toward a third consecutive 6A state championship in March.
"Yes, unbeatable," West Linn coach Doug Samarron told the OSAA. "The race is for the other three trophies."
Newberg found itself in the enviable position of having both of its wrestlers in two weight categories in the finals. Two-time state champion Nicky Olmstead, a senior, edged freshman Tiger Gus Amerson 2-1 in the final of the 138-pound weight class. In the 120-pound final, Newberg sophomore Brandon Smith won bragging rights in the family by defeating younger brother Jacob Smith 5-2 for the title.
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