Sherwood bests Milwaukie to move to 3-0 in league matches

by: DAN BROOD - TURNING HIM -- Sherwood sophomore Jess Hatfield (top) looks to turn Milwaukie's Zander Carlson during their 132-pound match at last week's dual meet. Hatfield and the Bowmen came away with wins. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School wrestling team is determined.

You might even say that the Bowmen are on a mission.

And they’re not about to let anything stand in their path.

Milwaukie found that out the hard way.

Sherwood, with its sights set on the Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet title, stayed unbeaten in conference matches by powering its way to a 47-15 win over the Mustangs in a NWOC contest held last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

“This was good,” Sherwood senior Nic Clarke said after the match. “We’re working hard and we’ve come together as a team. We took care of business tonight.”

“Oh yeah, we want to win the league title,” Sherwood senior Andrew Rice said. “We worked hard all week to win this dual. Everyone is practicing hard. We’re all committed.”

With the victory, the Bowmen moved to 3-0 in NWOC matches at that point, making them one of three unbeaten teams in the conference. Sandy is also 3-0 and St. Helens is 4-0.

“We’re undefeated in league,” Clarke said. “Now, we’ve got our eyes focused on the next four duals.”by: DAN BROOD - GOING UP -- Sherwood senior Nic Clarke (right) lifts Milwaukie's Alex Elmore during their 152-pound match.

The Bowmen sure seemed to be focused in last week’s match with Milwaukie, which moved to 2-2 in conference matches with the loss.

Freshman Brandon Cole got Sherwood off to a flying start in last week’s match. In the opening 106-pound bout, Cole pinned Milwaukie’s Jacob Elizares in a time of 1 minute and 15 seconds to give Sherwood a quick 6-0 lead in the team score.

Bowmen sophomore Drew Jardine then received a forfeit win at 113 pounds, upping the Sherwood lead to 12-0.

Junior Hayden Koprowski kept the ball rolling for the Bowmen squad, as he scored an 11-3 major decision win over Milwaukie’s Jacob Hickey in the 120-pound match.

Koprowski took control early, scoring on both a takedown and a three-point nearfall in the first round to take a 5-0 lead. He notched two more takedowns in the second round to up the margin to 9-1. He then got another takedown to open the scoring in the third round, upping his lead to 11-1 before settling for the 11-3 win.

Milwaukie, getting a last-second escape from Jordan Ostrander, picked up an 8-7 decision win at 126 pounds to trim the Sherwood lead to 16-3.

But sophomore Jess Hatfield wasted no time gaining momentum back for the Bowmen, as he pinned Zander Carlson in the 132-pound match. In that bout, Hatfield nearly had Carlson pinned for the majority of the opening round, grabbing a 5-0 lead. He then pinned Carlson 1:02 into the second round to give Sherwood a 22-3 cushion in the team score.

Milwaukie got a decision win at 138, but Sherwood answered that with a dramatic victory by senior Garret Heckenberg in the 145-pound match.

In that bout, Heckenberg trailed Milwaukie’s Chris Burton by a 5-3 scoring going into the third round. But Heckenberg came back strong, getting an escape, a takedown and a two-point nearfall to take an 8-5 lead with 47 seconds left in the match.

Burton scored on a reversal to trim the margin to 8-7 with 41 seconds remaining.

by: DAN BROOD - SHERWOOD STAR -- Bowmen senior Andrew Rice (left) is taking down Milwaukie's Kenan Ragan during their 182-pound match. But Heckenberg got both an escape and a takedown in the final 21 seconds to get an 11-7 decision win and up the Sherwood lead to 25-6.

Clarke followed that up by pinning Milwaukie’s Alex Elmore in 1:44 in the 152-pound match. Clarke scored on both a takedown and a three-point nearfall before getting the pin, which upped the Sherwood lead to 31-6.

“I didn’t want to waste too much time,” Clarke said of his victory. “I wanted to finish as fast as I could.”

Milwaukie got a win by fall at 160 pounds, but, again, Sherwood answered right back.

In the 170-pound match Sherwood senior Corey Keohane, getting three takedowns, two two-point nearfalls and one three-point nearfall, got a 14-3 major-decision win over Anthony Flynn.

Rice then upped the Bowmen lead to 41-12 by pinning Milwaukie’s Kenan Ragan in 2:22 in the 182-pound match.

“They put me with the bigger guy,” said Rice, who was originally slated to wrestle in the 170-pound match. “It was a good win.”

Sherwood senior Ryan Jurgens also scored what could be called a good win as he pinned David Ferguson in 1:26 in the 195-pound match.

Milwaukie got an overtime decision win at 220. Both teams forfeited at 285 pounds, leaving Sherwood — which got a one-point win over Milwaukie in the teams’ dual last year — with a 47-15 victory.

“I expected it to be closer,” Rice said. “But we have a lot of guys stepping up this year. It’s great. Our lineup is really good.”

“We’ve got a lot of returnees and some good young guys,” Clarke said.

Sherwood was scheduled to host defending NWOC champion Sandy on Wednesday in a conference dual meet showdown. Results of that match weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they wrestle Rex Putnam in a NWOC match set to start at 7 p.m. at Rex Putnam High School. On Saturday, Sherwood will compete in the Gresham Invitational, which starts at 8 a.m. at Gresham High School.

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