St. Helens wrestling ready for new Class 5A contenders
Who will be this winter's Class 5A state-qualifying Lions?
Tyler Neubaum is a sophomore back from fifth at 120 pounds in the Northwest Oregon Conference last winter and junior Sean Lee wrestled to sixth at 160, so St. Helens fields competitors willing to end Sandy's two-year conference reign after all five state-bound Lions graduated.
"I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone has improved as well as seeing what potential the younger guys will bring to the team," said Robert Landreth, a senior (145) with William Webb (145), Cody Leanna (182), Quinlynn Coddington (182), Caleb Carter (285) and Patisepa Tuai.
Ryan Burri (170), a sophomore, is a captain with Webb.
"Caleb is back at heavyweight as a senior after an injury that kept him out last year; other than that we are very young," second-year Lions coach Greg Gadbois said.
Lee is down to 152 this time around.
"I'm excited to go against smaller guys," said Lee, who was a varsity/junior varsity swing player as a sophomore. "I've been cutting weight for two weeks, and it was fun to look at the younger guys with an emphasis on coming to practice and conditioning for three days over Thanksgiving."
The Lions' first opportunity is their opener, the Tillamook Smoker scheduled to include Class 3A third-place Dayton and the Class 4A sixth-place Cheesemakers, is set for noon Friday.
"[It will be] my first 182 match this week, and my speed and quickness will come in handly," Leanna said. "We will have a young team competing this year, but we have been practicing hard to see what Friday has to bring."
SEASON OUTLOOK: Sandy, Milwaukie and Hillsboro are back from fifth, seventh and 10th in the state to give St. Helens plenty to think about, but preeminence fluctuates as Sandy, Milwaukie and Hillsboro must replace four, two and six state seniors.
ST. HELENS LIONS
COACH: Greg Gadbois (Second year)
CLASSIFICATION: Class 5A, Northwest Oregon Conference
Robert Landreth, sr., 145; William Webb, sr., 145; Kara Smith, sr., 160; Cody Leanna, sr., 182; Quinlynn Coddington, sr., 182; Caleb Carter, sr., 285; Patisepa Tuai, sr.; Joseph Austin, jr., 106; Trevor Johnson, jr., 126; Cory Harrington, jr., 138; Rachawn Lee, jr., 152; Leif Nelson, jr., 170; Trevor Cissney, jr., 195; Jayson Kissinger, jr., 195; Daniel Suon, jr., 285; Megan Oyler, jr., 285; Benjamin Torres, jr., 285; Haroldo Salvador, jr.; Ethan Hubbs, so., 132; Justin Garcia, so., 145; Alexander Bilton, so., 145; Ryan Burri, so., 170; Gannon Carter, so., 220; Jayden Smith, so.; Tyler Neubaum, so.; Gordon Gortler, so.; Caden Willaby, so.; Waylan Webb, so.; Jakob Robbins, fr., 132; Jonathon Williams, fr., 145; Adam Stockwell, fr., 145; Dylan Scott, fr., 195; Carter Blankenship, fr., 285; Mavrick Rask, fr.
Dec. 1 St. Helens at Tillamook Smoker, noon
Dec. 7 St. Helens at Hood River Valley, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 St. Helens at Springfield Invitational, 9 a.m.
Dec. 13 Hillsboro at St. Helens, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 St. Helens at Liberty Tournament, in Hillsboro
Dec. 30 St. Helens at Clatskanie, 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 St. Helens at Parkrose, 7 p.m., in Portland
Jan. 5-6 St. Helens at Pac-Rim Tournament, in Seaside
Jan. 10 Sandy at St. Helens, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 St. Helens at Bob Beisell Invitational, 9 a.m., Forest Grove High School
Jan. 18 St. Helens at Milwaukie, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 St. Helens at Tournament of Champions, 9:30 p.m., in Tigard
Jan. 25 Wilsonville at St. Helens, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27 St. Helens at Joe Stewart Invitational, at Putnam High School, in Milwaukie
Feb. 1 St. Helens at Putnam, 7 p.m., in Milwaukie
Feb. 9-10 St. Helens at Northwest Oregon Conference Championships, Parkrose High School, in Portland
Feb. 16-17 Class 5A State Championships, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Portland