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Boys and girls wrestling and swimming continues to prepare for districts and state, here's who to keep an eye on.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Cleveland High's Jacob Blosser (right) tries to pin Quinn Wilson of Sunset in the 195 pound weight class Dec. 10, 2021, during the Rose City tournament at Westview High School.Winter season means so much more than just basketball.

Swimmers and wrestlers are also competing indoors and looking to have a state culminating event after the 2021 championships were derailed due to COVID-19.

Multnomah County has plenty of standouts in these two sports to watch, on the boys and girls side of each one.

The state championships for boys and girls swimming are currently slated for Feb. 18-19 at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center. Meanwhile, wrestling received a large shakeup.

For the first time since 2007, Veterans Memorial Coliseum won't host the state wrestling finals as the OSAA chose to break them up by classification and have schools host.

Class 6A will be held at Sandy, 5A at Ridgeview High in Redmond, 4A at Cascade High, 3A hosted by La Pine and then Class 2A/1A and the girls tournaments at Culver.

No matter where the road may end, these are the top names in Multnomah County wrestling and swimming to watch in 2022.

Top wrestlers

Haley Vann, Cleveland, junior (8-0)

Vann dominated at the unofficial girls state championships at 115 pounds on her way to the title. She won the first round by 11-0 major decision, then picked up two pins in the semifinals and finals to win the tournament. Now back as a junior and the official season on the way, look for Vann to kick it into a higher gear and make sure she keeps her crown.

Logan Medford, Cleveland, junior (14-2)

Last season as a sophomore during the unofficial state championships, Medford made a significant run toward a potential run at 126. He dropped a 6-5 decision in the semifinals but came back to win his last matches by pin and a 10-3 decision to take third place. With that experience under his belt, look for Medford to potentially turn that one-point loss around and be in a state title bout in 2022.

Robert Plympton, Reynolds, senior (14-0)

There will be plenty for Plympton to prove in 2022 after coming just short of an unofficial state title last season. The current senior entered the 195 bracket as the top seed, but dropped a 6-4 decision in the final to Newberg's Hudson Davis. With one last shot, look for Plympton to go all out in 2022 and finish his prep career on top.

Abraham Dejesus, Reynolds, junior (13-2)

Dejesus took sixth place last season at the unofficial state tournament at 160 pounds. That left him as one of the top finishers in Multnomah County and gives the junior plenty to build on heading to the 2022 state tournament.

Colby Cook, Corbett, sophomore

Cook turned plenty of heads at the unofficial state tournament last season when the No. 4 seed upset top seed Basen Rambo from Hidden Valley in the Class 4A 106-pound bracket. Cook pinned Rambo at the 3:46 mark to earn a spot in the final as a freshman. Sweet Home's Kyle Sieminski won the title with a 6-4 decision, but Cook's sophomore season could be set up for great success after such a fast start to his high school career.

Other wrestlers to watch

Ramazan Tyuranov, David Douglas (1-2)

Sean Lee, Cleveland (18-3)

Caleb Rinard, Sandy (0-0)

Gus Johnson, Ida B. Wells

Lane Shaffer, McDaniel (0-0)

Patrick Barnette, Lincoln (4-1)

Mipam Jampa, Franklin

Will Jordan, Grant (8-3)

Chris Howard, Gresham (3-1)

Noah Vandermeer, Barlow (5-1)

Top swimmers

Anna Rauchholz, St. Mary's Academy, senior

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no state swimming championships held last season, but there's plenty of solid returners in Multnomah County, none better than Rauchholz. The current senior is still the defending 6A champ in the 100 backstroke and she finished sixth in the 100 freestyle as a sophomore at the last state championships in 2020. Look for her to retain the backstroke title and also help the Blues make some noise as a team the rest of the season.

Katherine Adams, Lincoln, senior

Adams took third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM as a sophomore in 2020 for Lincoln and returns this year for her senior season to try and turn those into a couple first place finishes. Adams also swam in the Olympic Trials last year as well in the 200 breaststroke, so she'll have plenty of experience despite the year off from the high school scene.

Quinn Brown, Grant, senior

Brown is back for her senior season as well after taking fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 free as a sophomore in 2020. Like Adams, Brown will be looking to turn the long break from high school competition into a couple state titles to go out with a bang.

Julian Hernandez, Parkrose, junior

Hernandez might be the best boys swimmer in Multnomah County, and he might have already been that two years ago as a freshman. In 2020, he took fourth in the Class 5A 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Now in 2022 as a junior, Hernandez is more than ready to take home a couple individual titles and continue to post some of the state's fastest times.

Alex Johnson, Roosevelt, senior

The PIL's top boys swimmer might be Alex Johnson, who took eighth in the 6A 500 freestyle state race in 2020 and also placed 10th in the 200 free, all as a sophomore. Now a senior, Johnson will look to put in a couple podium finishes at state and represent the Roughriders.

Other swimmers to watch

Hazel Alejos, St. Mary's

Julie Schwam, David Douglas

Dalton Sickon, Central Catholic

Elle Moir, Centennial

Megan Maroon, Barlow

Ysabella Zaloudek-Luba

Hazel Derr, Jefferson

Eleanor Snyder, St. Mary's

Trenten Schmidt, Corbett

Michael Spicer, Ida B. Wells

Taz Larson, Centennial


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