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Newberg sets a state record, running away with the 6A tournament, but plenty of local grapplers show-out.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Aloha's T.J. Turner competes in the OSAA 6A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26-27 at Sandy High School. Turner placed third in the 160-pound weight division.All Newberg, all the time. That's what the OSAA 6A Boys State Wrestling Championships turned into this past Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27, at Sandy High School.

The Tigers ran away with the team title, boasting six individual champions, five runners-up, and two thirds en route to an astounding 418 points—nearly 200 points clear of second place Sprague. The 418 points was a meet record and broke the previous mark set by Crook County, which scored 405.5 points in the 4A state tournament in 2014.

Sprague finished with 220.5 points, while Roseburg and West Linn tied for third (163), and Mountain View rounded-out the top-5 with 135.5.

Locally, Westview (59) was the highest finisher, placing 13th, while Tigard (57) was 14th, Century (50) 15th, Tualatin (49) 16th, Aloha (46.5) 19th, Mountainside (42) 22nd, Sherwood (37.5) 24th, Liberty (31) 25th, and Southridge (29) 26th.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Banks' Daevon Vereen competes at the OSAA 4A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26 at Cascade High School in Turner. Vereen placed second in the 182-pound weight division.The Westside claimed no individual champions, but they weren't lacking for impressive finishers.

The Metro League boasted five state placers, with Mountainside freshman Brody Lybarger finishing fourth in the 106-pound weight division, Westview's Elliot Mauck placing fifth at 120-pounds, Southridge's Andy Melz (138) and Fransisco Endi (152) each placing sixth, and Aloha's T.J. Turner earning third at 120-pounds.

Turner was seeded third to start the bracket and defeated Tualatin's Damey Motellang, Sandy's Kayden Keller, and Ida B. Wells' Oscar Doces before losing to Newberg's Ethan Ritchie in the semifinals. The Warriors senior bounced-back to defeat Newberg's Jacob Smith in the third place match by an 11-5 decision.

Turner was a bit disappointed in leaving without a state title, but was at the same time proud of what he accomplished both this year and during his time at Aloha.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Tigard's Chase Dennis competes at the OSAA 6A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26-27 at Sandy High School. Dennis placed fourth in the 152-pound weight division."All year long my goal was to win a state championship and go down as one of the best wrestlers ever at Aloha," Turner said. "I fell a little short, but I did better than last year and I felt good out there."

The Pacific Conference—in addition to Newberg—put eight wrestlers on the podium, including McMinnville's Chris Dillworth who placed second at 126-pounds; Sherwood's Seth Glenn who was fourth (160); Century's Ethan Wedel who earned fifth (170); Sherwood's Seth Everhart who placed sixth (170); Century's Tyler Sagapolu who placed sixth (195); Liberty's Dakota Bass who placed fourth (285); Glencoe's Spencer Krussman who placed fifth; and Century's William Musser who placed third at 160-pounds.

Musser—a senior—lost to McKay's Jesse Rubio in the championship's second round but went on to win six matches in its wake to earn third. The Jaguars veteran said despite the disappointment of his early defeat, added that it was important to stay focused in order to move forward—something he said he's learned in his time at Century.

PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - Hillsboro's Michael Ellis raises his hand in victory during the OSAA 5A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. Ellis placed third in the 152-pound weight division."It's starts in practice," Musser said. "Our coaches tell us that we train the hardest in the state, and you have to always be ready to go. Some people want to win, I need to win."

Musser's third-place win came over Sherwood's Seth Glenn who defeated him last week at districts. The Century grappler said that part of his motivation coming into the tournament came from wanting to defeat those who'd beaten him in the past. He added that he learned a lot in his defeat to Glenn a week prior and used what he'd learned to forge through the consolation bracket.

"Last week when I lost my first match I wasn't ready for it and I got my butt kicked," he said. "This week I was ready to go."

Tigard and Tualatin boasted four state-placers with the Tigers' Chase Dennis (152) placing fourth, while Atticus Waddell (113) and Cade McCallister (132) were fifth respectively. Tualatin's Jesse Gutierrez earned sixth at 145-pounds.

PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - Scappoose's Anthony Comer competes at the OSAA 5A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.At the 5A event Feb. 26 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond, Crescent Valley (241) walked away with the team title, with Crook County (210.5) finishing second, Thurston (208.5) third, Redmond (152) fourth, and Dallas (119) fifth.

Hillsboro High School (110) placed an impressive sixth in the team competition and boasted six state-placers, including junior Sebastian Echeverria (220) who was second; sophomores Skylar Salzman (138) and Preston Echeverria (170), along with senior Michael Ellis (152) who placed third; senior Darrius Walker (195) who was fourth; and Junior Jaden Echeverria (182) who was fifth.

St. Helens finished ninth in the team competition with four state-placers including Evan Willis (106) and Narcizo Garza (138) who were fifth; and Gavin Schaer (120) and Malakie Gibney (152) who were sixth.

Scappoose was 11th and was led by junior Anthony Comer's second place finish at 126-pounds, while Benjamin Rintoul (160) placed third, and Trey Dieringer (170) was fourth.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Century's William Musser competes at the OSAA 6A State Wrestling Championships at Sandy High School. Musser placed third in the 160-pound weight division.At the 4A event Feb. 26 at Cascade High School in Turner, La Grande won the team competition with 275.5 points, with Sweet Home (250.5), Tillamook (187), Philomath (118) and Baker/Powder Valley (100) rounding-out the top-5.

Banks (81) finished a solid eighth in the competition, and head coach Dan Herb said he was mostly pleased with how things turned out.

"We wrestled pretty well," Herb said. "Won some big matches and lost some heart breakers…about what you expect at the state tournament."

The Braves were led by Daveon Vereen (182) and Dylan Smith's (132) second place finishes, and were followed by the sixth place finishes of sophomore Mishael Mauck (220) and freshman Luke Bigsby (285).

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Westview's Eliott Mauck.Herb said he was proud of all of his guys, but said he was particularly proud of Smith, who finished his career as a three-time state placer and two-time runner-up.

"Very proud of Dylan," the coach said. "He lost to a kid who was a four-time state champ in the finals and that's nothing to be ashamed of. His semifinal win over La Grande's Brysen Penaloza was the best match he's ever wrestled."

Herb added that with three of his four placers returning, along with some promising kids coming into the program next year, things are continuing to look up for Braves wrestling.

"The future is bright," he said. "We won the middle school regional title, and while we lose some good seniors, we expect to replace them and next season take home a state trophy."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Liberty's Dakota Bass.6A State Champions

106—Gage Singleton, Roseburg

113—Isaac Hampton, Newberg

120—Brayden Boyd, Sprague

126—Zachary Keinonen, Newberg

132—Nash Singleton, Roseburg

138—Drew Jones, Mountain View

145—Ayden Garver, Newberg

152—Charlie Evans, Newberg

160—Price Pothier, Newberg

170—Riley Davis, Sprague

182—Brook Byers, Sprague

195—Hudson Davis, Newberg

220—David Sherman, Sprague

285—Cole Steketee, Sprague

5A State Champions

106—Everest Sutton, Crescent Valley

113—Elijah Bayne, Crater

120—Tucker Bonner, Crook County

126—Gabe Whisenhunt, Crescent Valley

132—D.J. Gillett, Crescent Valley

138—Kolton Malone, Thurston

145—Junior Downing, Redmond

152—Hunter Harwood, Thurston

160—Dylan Lee, Redmond

170—Daschle Lamer, Crescent Valley

182—James Rowley, Crescent Valley

195—Hayden Walters, Crescent Valley

220—Vaun Halstead, Thurston

285—Riley Godek, Crescent Valley

4A State Champions

106—Kyle Sieminski, Sweet Home

113—Jacob Landtroop, Sweet Home

120—Kai Carson, La Grande

126—Jacob Sieminski, Sweet Home

132—Mauro Michel, Stayton

138—Joshua Collins, La Grande

145—Braden Carson, La Grande

152—Ruben Hernandez, Ontario

160—Carson Henderson, Junction City

170—Emmett Henderson, Junction City

182—Lance VanHoose, Cascade

195—Miguel Velazquez, Marshfield

220—Colby Gazeley, Sweet Home

285—Jaden Martin, Baker/Powder Valley


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