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PHOTO COURTESY: SCAPPOOSE WRESTLING - The St. Helens High School wrestling team opened the season with a 46-28 loss on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Hood River High School.The St. Helens High School wrestling team got the first bouts of the season under its belt on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Hood River High School.

The Eagles took the match 46-28.

"It was good," Lions sixth-year coach Joe Mauck said. "We have been really working moves the first two weeks of practice and taking conditioning time as we have it, so the lack of that really showed."

Hood River Valley freshman Ryan Zeller pinned Joseph Austin in 48 seconds at 106 pounds.

Trevor Johnson accepted a forfeit for the Lions at 113.

Ninth-ranked Eagles freshman Noah Wachsmuth pinned ninth-ranked John DeWitt (ranked ninth at 106 pounds by in :59 at 120.

Hood River Valley sophomore Angel Jones (ranked seventh at 106) accepted a forfeit at 126.

Eagles sophomore Cade Parker accepted a forfeit at 132.

Hood River Valley sophomore Jason Shaner (ranked sixth at 132) won a 16-6 major decision over Thomas LaVoie at 138.

Michael Bowen (ranked third at 132) accepted a forfeit for St. Helens at 145.

Colton Beisley (ranked ninth at 138) won a 9-6 decision over Eagles junior Dylan Peterson at 152.

Zach Gadbois (ranked 10th at 152) won a 13-5 major decision over Hood River Valley senior Junior Manzo (ranked seventh at 145) at 160.

Cody Leanna accepted a forfeit for the Lions at 170.

Eagles senior Oscar Villegas pinned Brandon Cupp in 3:03 at 182.

Hood River Valley senior Jordan Jones pinned James Poland in 5:23 at 195.

Eagles senior Mark Reyes accepted a forfeit at 220.

Colton Albertson won a 6-5 decision over Hood River Valley junior Justin Wilson at 285.

"We have some novices filling in some varsity holes in our line-up, and that was a hit as well," Mauck said. "Not having Haidon Allen [leg injury] or Myles Terry [knee injury] and forfeiting some matches also didn't help. All in all though, most of the guys had a good time, and now both the wrestlers and I are back in the fight about what it takes."

St. Helens was 12th with 54 points at the OSAA Class 5A State Championships last season.

Terry became the Lions' first individual champion in 21 years as he won the 182-pound title at state last year. He enters the season ranked first overall.

Allen was fifth at state at 126 pounds. Bowen was fifth at state at 132 pounds.

Gadbois took fifth at 152 pounds for Scappoose at the Class 4A state championships last year. OSAA Class 5A preseason rankings

106 — John DeWitt, ninth

120 — Elias Fields, fourth

126 — Haidon Allen, fifth

132 — Michael Bowen, t-third

138 — Colton Beisley, ninth

152 — Zach Gadbois, 10th

182 — Myles Terry, first

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St. Helens Lions

Coach: Joe Mauck (sixth year)

Conference: Class 5A, Northwest Oregon Conference

Returning state qualifiers:

Michael Bowen, sr., 145

Haidon Allen, jr., 145

Myles Terry, jr., 195


Logan Carter, sr., 160

Brandon Cupp, sr., 182

John DeWitt, sr., 120

Thomas LaVoie, sr., 138

James Poland, sr., 195

Jose Silva, sr., 138

Colton Albertson, jr., 285

Colton Beisley, jr., 152

Elias Fields, jr., 132

Garrett Kust, jr., 182

Dylan Lane, jr., 138

Chase Nelson, jr., 152

Miguel Olmedo-Diaz, jr., 285

Cole Benshoff, so., 160/170

Cody Leanna, so., 170

William Webb, so., 145


Luca Sabbatini, sr., 152

Zach Gadbois, jr., 160

Trent Preheim, jr., 132

Nick Richardson, jr., 170

Geoff Thompson, jr., 182

Andrew Barber, so., 170

Joseph Austin, fr., 106

Levi Clark, fr., 126

Trevor Johnson, fr., 106

Conner Koezler, fr., 182

Rachawn Lee, fr., 160

Daniel Suan, fr., 285


Dec. 3 at Hood River Valley

Dec. 10 Putnam at St. Helens, 7 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Parkrose, 7 p.m.

Dec. 29-30 at West Albany, 9 a.m.

Jan. 7 vs. Wilsonville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 8-9 at Seaside, 3 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Milwaukie, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23 at Tigard tournament, 9:30 a.m.

Jan. 28 vs. Sandy, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4 at Liberty, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 at Hillsboro, 7 p.m.

Feb. 19 at District tournament, 2 p.m., Hillsboro

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