Sandy takes second in its pool, scores a memorable win over Crater in the quarterfinals

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: LON AUSTIN - Sandys Brody Diaz DeLeon works toward a first-period pin at 138 pounds against Crater. At the 2018 Oregon Classic — unofficially the dual-meet state championship — the Sandy Pioneers proved once again that they are a top-tier team at the 5A level.

Despite having a couple key athletes go down with injury, the Pioneers ended up taking fourth place in the 20-team 5A bracket last weekend at the Deschutes Fairgrounds in Redmond.

Sandy highlighted its visit to Central Oregon with a tight quarterfinal match.

The two squads went back and worth and by the time it was over, the score was tied at 42 apiece. Crater was originally declared the winner since they had scored more takedowns than Sandy — which is the tiebreaker — but a protest by Topliff showed that the scorekeepers made a mistake.

"The scorekeeper missed one of the takedowns by Colby," Sandy coach Larry Topliff said. "We had video evidence to prove it."

The protest by Sandy was upheld, meaning that the match was to be decided by the next tiebreaker, which was number of reversals. As it turned out, Sandy ended up getting one more reversal than Crater and was declared the winner of the match more than 30 minutes after it concluded.

"Beating a team like Crater was huge for our confidence," Topliff said. "They have some of the best wrestlers in the state."

Sandy travels to Hillsboro for a league dual at 7 p.m. tonight.

Look for expanded coverage ahead in this week's Jan. 17, print edition.

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