Wrestling: Sherwood steps up to stop Glencoe
For the Sherwood High School wrestling team, it certainly was a good way to finish up the squad's home schedule.
But it could also mean so much more for the Bowmen looking ahead.
Sherwood finished its Pacific Conference schedule by powering its way to a 51-21 win over Glencoe in a dual match held in front of a Senior Night crowd Feb. 6 at Sherwood High School.
"It was good," said Sherwood junior Bryan Cuthbertson, who won his 220-pound match by fall. "We obviously won. It's cool for our seniors to go out here in their last dual for our team. It's not just for the seniors, it's cool for the entire team. It's the last dual with this group of people, so it's nice."
"We started off a little slow, but we definitely ended better," said Bowmen junior Dallen Jolley, who triumphed by fall at 132 pounds. "This was fun. It was a good one. We definitely ended on a good note."
With the loss, Glencoe finished the conference season at 1-5. Sherwood improved to 5-1 in conference matches with the win, putting the Bowmen in second place in the final dual match standings, behind only undefeated Newberg.
But, more importantly, the impressive win should help give Sherwood plenty of momentum — and more — heading into the Pacific Conference district tournament, which will be held Feb. 14-15 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
"Yeah, we're definitely ready. I think our whole team is peaking at the right time. I think our whole team is ready," Jolley said.
"I think we're ready. We're gaining more confidence," Cuthbertson said. "I think, in the past few years, we haven't been wrestling with as much confidence as we should have. We're a good team, with great wrestlers. It's really just confidence. We need to go out there with the mindset that we're going to win every match."
Cuthbertson, who was the runner-up at 220 pounds at last year's Class 6A state tournament, has come close to winning every match this season. Against Glencoe, he pinned the Crimson Tide's Benjamin Krussman in a time of 19 seconds, upping his season record to 34-1 at that point. Cuthbertson's only loss came against Courtland Horton of Eagle, Idaho, at the 2020 Rollie Lane Invitational, held in early January in Nampa, Idaho.
"It's going pretty well," Cuthbertson said of his season. "I have one loss, to a guy from Idaho. We went down to the Rollie Lane tournament, and I placed third there. But that's my only loss. I won the Rose City tournament, and the Oregon City tournament, so I've had a good year."
And Cuthbertson is hoping his season ends with him standing atop the podium at this year's Class 6A state tournament.
"Yeah, I'm definitely trying to come back for the state title. That's the goal," Cuthbertson said. "That's what it's all been for, every practice, every tournament, it's all for that state championship. The coaches have really helped us out, sending us to tournaments that are tougher than the state tournament."
In the conference match with Glencoe, Sherwood had to battle back from an early deficit. The Tide picked up a forfeit win at 106 pounds and, at 112, Glencoe senior Hunter Nakamoto won by fall, giving the visitors a quick 12-0 lead.
But the Bowmen answered back — in a big way.
Junior Zach Coenen got things going for Sherwood with a dramatic win at 120 pounds. In that match, Coenen trailed Glencoe senior Jose Cazares 4-1 going into the third round. Coenen scored on a takedown with 1:46 left in the match, cutting the lead to 4-3. Coenen then got a 3-point nearfall as time expired, giving him a 6-4 decision win.
Sherwood sophomore Nolan Severson picked up a similar victory at 126. In that match, Severson trailed Glencoe's Timothy Booth 10-6 in the third round before rallying to get a reversal and 3-point nearfall to get an 11-10 decision win.
Jolley then pinned Glencoe's Alex Munox in 0:56 in the 132-pound match, tying the team score at 12-12.
"Honestly, I made a pretty big cut for this one," Jolley said. "Our coach wants us at our weight before district. So, I felt a little slow at the start, but I got going."
Jolley hoping to continue rolling his him momentum into the district tournament.
"I'm hoping to win district," Jolley said "I'll be at 132. That's a good weight for me. Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to it."
Sherwood senior Philip Resch gave the Bowmen their first lead of the night, at 15-12, by getting a 5-4 decision win over Adrian Archer at 138. Resch got the match-winning points with a takedown coming with 0:55 left in the match.
Bowmen junior Zach Schultz received a forfeit win at 145. Sherwood senior Bram Nelson won by fall, in 1:17, at 152, and senior Brody Stevens followed that up by getting a pin in 1:11 at 160, giving the Bowmen a 33-12 lead in the team score.
Glencoe picked up a win by fall at 170, and a decision victory at 182, trimming the lead to 33-21. But the Bowmen finished the match with a flurry.
Sherwood junior Ashton Sarono-Ramos picked up a forfeit win at 195, followed by Cuthbertson's lightning-fast pinfall victory at 220.
"Obviously, I'm not trying to overlook anyone, and I'm not trying to look at records, so I just went out there and wrestled how I know I can, and came out with intensity," Cuthbertson said.
At 285, Sherwood senior Dominic Wynkoop pinned Glencoe junior Jesiah Keiser in 5:55, wrapping up the Bowmen's 51-21 victory.
Sherwood, in its final tune-up before the district tournament, will compete at the Silverton Dual Tournament, which will be held Saturday at Silverton High School.
At the district tournament, the top three finishers in each weight class will automatically advance to compete at the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Feb. 28-29 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.