Sandy crowns two at district tournament
Sandy's wrestling team crowned a pair of weight-class champions at Saturday's Mount Hood Conference district tournament.
Isaiah Shideler was the first Pioneer to top the podium with a second-round pin over Casey McCall out of Clackamas in the 132-pound finale.
Shideler gained the advantage right away by going up high to topple his opponent for a takedown. He locked in a cradle hold to add back points and a 5-0 lead as the first round drew to a close.
"He had his knee up by his head, and as I pulled him in I knew he'd try to resist it," Shideler said. "I went for an all-or-nothing move."
Shideler got in for another cradle hold midway through the second round, and this time had plenty of time on the clock to put his opponent's shoulders to the mat.
"I've been to the finals a couple times before, but this is my first time winning it," Shideler said. "I felt pretty confident, if I could keep pushing the pace."
He logged barely two minutes of mat time to pin his first three opponents of the tournament. Shideler takes a 33-2 record into the 6A state tournament at the end of the month.
Teammate Ford McKinnis came up with Sandy's other title run in the heavyweight bracket, closing it out with a 2-1 decision over Barlow's Matthew Jefferis — all of the points coming free via the referee in the middle round.
McKinnis gave his opponent a free escape to start the round, then benefitted from a pair of stalling calls to take the win. Jefferis was warned for stalling during the first two-minute session, which saw McKinnis drive him out of the circle repeatedly.
McKinnis pinned his first two opponents in a combined 1:35. McKinnis holds a 21-5 record.
Sandy placed fifth out of seven teams, finishing with 147.5 points — 15 more than Barlow.
Sandy got fourth-place finishes from Kayden Keller (120) an Malik Treanor (152), while Mikey Platz (170) won an 11-5 decision in his fifth-place bout.
Centennial crowned five champions, including the first four of the night, on its way to winning the tournament with 370.5 points — almost 40 better than runner-up David Douglas.
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This story is scheduled for our Feb. 19, print edition.
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