Tiger senior Javier Vasquez goes 5-0 at wins the championship in the 285-pound weight class

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Tigard High School senior Javier Velasquez (right) won the tournament title at 285 pounds at the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships.It may still be early in the season, but the Tigard High School wrestling squad may already be showing signs of being a strong tournament team.

The Tigers battled their way to ninth place in the team standings, out of 40 schools, at the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships, held last Thursday and Friday at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Wash.

Tigard took ninth place at the event with a score of 103 points. Kentwood, Wash., and South Kitsap, Wash., tied for first place with a score of 199.5

Senior Javier Velasquez led the way for the Tigers at the tournament, as he won the championship in the 285-pound weight class.

Velasquez opened the tourney by pinning Quang Tran of Skyview, Wash., in a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds. Velasquez then scored a 2-1 decision win over West Linn's Josef Betty in the second round.

In the quarterfinals, Velasquez pinned Luke Martin from Olympia, Wash., in 5:17. He followed that up by defeating Curtis Hill from Graham-Kapowsin, Wash., in 2:33 in the semifinals.

In the 285-pound title match, Velasquez scored a 10-2 major decision win over South Kitsap's Courtland Laha.

Also for the Tigers at the tournament, junior Cameron O'Connor went 4-2 while taking fourth place at 113 pounds. Senior Emilio Jimenez took eighth place at 138.

The Tigers will return to action on Jan. 10, when they face rival Tualatin in a Three Rivers League dual match starting at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

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