Sandy wrestling shines on Senior Night
On Senior Night for Sandy wrestling, all three Pioneers vets made their presence known on the mat during a dominate team victory over Barlow.
Kayden Keller, Caleb Hawkes and Mikey Platz all won by fall Thursday evening, Feb. 10, as Sandy defeated Barlow 63-10 as a final tune-up before postseason tournament contests.
Both Keller and Platz scored two of the quickest falls of the dual meet, at 1:17 and 1:14 respectively. Hawkes had to fight for his points against Barlow's Nicholas Roth at 145 pounds. It was a back-and-forth battle, with Hawkes able to get the victory in the waning seconds of the match.
"It's pretty stellar to do this on Senior Night," Platz said.
"This crowd was great to wrestle in front of," Keller added. "Everyone on this team gets along super well, we are one big family.
During all the pomp and circumstance celebrating the senior wrestlers, Pioneers Coach Bryce Reisnaur spoke of how integral the trio were for thrusting Sandy wrestling toward the top of the Mt. Hood Conference.
"When I think about this group of seniors, I think about all the fun and effort they brought to the program," Reisnaur said. "Both Kaiden and Caleb brought so much joy and lightheartedness — even if they were always trying to prank me."
He relayed a story of the their freshman year goal of trying to take down the coach with sneak attacks from behind during water breaks. After four years their methods matured, doing heady pranks like hiding Reisnaur's shoes.
"Mikey always leads by example, and no task was ever too small for him," Reisnaur added of his three-time captain. "Sandy wrestling is back on the rise, and this group of seniors played a large part in that."
The dominant victory over Barlow, which had the Pioneers win at nearly every weight, was a timely one, with districts around the corner. From the beginning of the season, this group of Pioneers have dreamed of hoisting the Mt. Hood trophy.
"We have been performing well for the last month now," Reisnaur said. "The mantra is consistency, consistency, consistency — if we can put together good showings on every day of the tournament we are going to be in a great place."
The lone victor for an undermanned Bruins was Noah Vandermeer, who won by major decision 9-1 over Sandy's Soren Dyal, notching four points for his squad. Barlow's Andrew Collins also claimed six points by forfeit.
Next on the schedule for both teams is the Mt. Hood Conference District Tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, at Sandy High School.
"High school wrestling has been a great experience, but it's gone by too quick," Platz said. "All of us can't wait for Districts."
Sandy vs Barlow results:
106 pounds — Garrett Head (Sandy) by forfeit
120 pounds — Nicholas Yarnell (Sandy) by forfeit
126 pounds — Kayden Keller (Sandy) over Reed Rubin (Barlow), Fall 1:17
132 pounds — Gage Culp (Sandy) over Aiden Warfield (Barlow), Dec. 6-0
138 pounds — Mason Culp (Sandy) over Ethan Hendrix (Barlow), Fall 2:41
145 pounds — Caleb Hawkes (Sandy) over Nicholas Roth (Barlow), Fall 5:47
152 pounds — Bradley Green (Sandy) over Emmanuel Estrada-Pena (Barlow), Fall 3:15
160 pounds —Cole Zigler (Sandy) by forfeit
170 pounds — Noah Vandermeer (Barlow) over Soren Dyal (Sandy), MD 9-1
182 pounds — Andrew Collins (Barlow) by forfeit
195 pounds — Mikey Platz (Sandy) over Pablo Martinez (Barlow), Fall 1:14
220 pounds — Gabe Tammad (Sandy) by forfeit
285 pounds — Nate Shea (Sandy) over Dylan Howell (Barlow), Fall 1:10
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