Sandy gets a wild 38-36 win in back-and-forth battle

by: DAN BROOD - COLLISION COURSE -- Sherwood senior Martin Layna (right) and Sandy's Colton Stein clash in the 220-pound bout at last week's match. Layna won by fall in 3:56. SHERWOOD — Both teams really wanted the win.

Both teams seemed to work really hard.

And it sure looked like both squads gave it everything they had.

The result was a wild, back-and-forth battle that had a large crowd at Sherwood High School screaming its lungs out.

With Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet supremacy on the line, Sandy edged the Bowmen 38-36 in a conference showdown held Jan. 29 at Sherwood.

“It was crazy,” Sherwood senior 220-pounder Martin Layna said after the match. “We definitely wanted it, and we knew we could do it. We came so close.”

“That was fun. Everyone was excited,” Sherwood senior 145-pounder Garret Heckenberg said. “I thought we did really good. We were ready.”

With the victory, Sandy improved to 4-0 in conference duals at that point, putting the Pioneers alone in first place in the NWOC standings. Sherwood moved to 3-1 in NWOC meets at that point with the narrow setback.

“This was a good night of wrestling,” Sherwood coach William Taylor said. “We wanted to win, but that’s OK. This will give us more motivation for district.”

The action, and the lead, went back and forth right from the start of last week’s showdown.

Sandy, getting a win by fall in the opening 106-pound match, took a quick 6-0 lead. Sherwood cut the lead to 6-3 when sophomore Halen Jolley scored an 8-3 decision win over Sandy’s Donavan Morrell at 113 pounds.

by: DAN BROOD - HEAD DOWN -- Sherwood senior Garret Heckenberg (top) forced Sandy's Blane Hays to the mat during their 145-pound match.The Pioneers upped their lead to 9-3 with a decision win at 120 pounds. In the 126-pound match, Sandy’s Dakota Peterson scored on a quick takedown against Sherwood sophomore Jess Hatfield. But Hatfield took charge from there, scoring seven straight points to notch a 7-2 decision win.

The Bowmen then took their first lead of the night, at 12-9, when junior Michael Coulter pinned Sandy’s John Morrell in a time of 2 minutes and 55 seconds in the 132-pound match.

Sandy quickly regained the lead by getting a fall in the 138-pound match.

But momentum, and the lead, bounced back Sherwood’s way right after that, as Heckenberg pinned Blane Hays in 3:22 at 145 pounds, giving the Bowmen an 18-15 advantage in the team score.

“It was good,” Heckenberg said of his victory. “I did what I had to do.”

In the 152-pound match, Sherwood senior Nic Clarke fell behind early, by scores of 2-0 and 4-2, in his bout with Garrett Rotzien. But Clarke came back strong, scoring on a match-tying reversal with 23 seconds left in the first round, and then pinning Rotzien 12 seconds later. The fall gave Sherwood a 24-15 lead in the team score.

A Pioneer win by fall at 160 trimmed the margin to 24-21, but the Bowmen answered back with one of the more dramatic wins of the night.

In the 170-pound match, Sherwood senior Andrew Rice and Sandy junior Spencer Barnett battled to a 1-1 tie through three hard-fought rounds of action. But, in the one-minute overtime round, Rice took Barnett down to his back, and then got the pin with 32 seconds remaining in the extra session, upping the Sherwood lead to 30-21.

by: DAN BROOD - NO ESCAPE -- Sherwood senior Andrew Rice (top) has a firm grip on Sandy's Spencer Barnett in their 170-pound match. Rice won by fall in overtime.But the Pioneers came back strong. They got a win by fall at 182 pounds and followed that up with a technical fall victory at 195. That gave Sandy a 32-30 lead in the team score.

It was then up to Layna to keep the Bowmen hopes alive.

Layna and Sandy junior Colton Stein battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first round of their 220-pound match. But Layna took control in the second round. He scored on both an escape and a takedown in the opening 14 seconds of the round to take a 3-0 lead.

Stein answered back with a penalty point and an escape to trim Layna’s lead to 3-2 with 28 seconds left in the round. But Layna wouldn’t be denied. He came through with another takedown and then he pinned Stein with just four seconds left in the round, giving the Bowmen a 36-32 lead going into the final match of the night.

“I’ve been in a little funk,” Layna said. “But I wasn’t going to lose this one. I really wanted to win.”

In the 285-pound match, Sandy senior Dalton Davis won by fall in 0:38 to give the Pioneers the 38-36 win.

“This was exciting,” Davis said. “We knew they’d be real tough competition.”

And, there’s a good chance that Sandy will see an even more motivated Bowmen squad down the road at the NWOC district tournament.

“This definitely is going to motivate us to do better,” Layna said. “We all know we can do a lot better.”

“We did good tonight, but we still have some work to do,” Heckenberg said. “For sure, we’ll be ready for them.”

Sherwood bounced back from the hard-fought loss to get a 57-19 win over Rex Putnam in an NWOC match held last Thursday at Rex Putnam High School.

With the win, the Bowmen improved to 4-1 in conference matches.

Getting wins for the Bowmen in the match with Rex Putnam were Dylan Cole (113 pounds), Jolley (120), Hatfield (126), Cameron Allender (132), Harrison Doll (138), Heckenberg (145), Clarke (152), Stephon Layna (160), Rice (170) and Ryan Jurgens (195).

The Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they host St. Helens in an NWOC match starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

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