Sherwood grapplers step up at district tournament
FOREST GROVE — The Sherwood High School wrestling team was hoping to qualify a lot of its competitors for the Class 6A state tournament.
Well, mission accomplished — and the Bowmen are pretty happy about it.
Sherwood will be sending 11 wrestlers to the Class 6A state tournament, thanks to a strong performance at the Pacific Conference district tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Forest Grove High School.
The top three finishers in each weight class at the district tournament, as well as some fourth-place finishers that earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"Hopefully, we get a lot of guys to state," Sherwood junior Philip Resch said following Saturday's semifinal round at the district tournament. "We got eight to state last year, and it would be great to get more."
"It's probably the best team we've had in awhile, and it's fun to be a part of it," said Sherwood freshman Ethan Ritchie, who will be going to state after finishing second at 106 pounds at the district tournament.
Of all the Bowmen heading to state, there may be no one more determined that Sherwood senior Gaven Jolley.
As a freshman, Jolley won a Class 6A state title at 113 pounds. As a sophomore, he captured state gold at 120. But, last year as a junior, Jolley was disqualified in his 126-pound semifinal match at the state tournament, and had to settle for third place.
"What happened last year sucked, but I've been training and going hard," Jolley said at the district tournament. "Obviously, it's heart-breaking, but I'm just going to keep doing the same thing I've done for the past three years, and I think I'll have a good outcome."
Jolley ended up taking second place at 126 at the district tournament.
He opened the tourney by pinning Century's Abayomi Vidal in a time of 37 seconds in a first-round match. In the quarterfinals, Jolley pinned Forest Grove's Mynor Oppenlander in 2:51. He then notched a 16-2 major-decision win over Newberg's Boulder Friesen in the semifinals, before falling to Newberg's Micah Worthington in the 126-pound district title match.
Jolley is going to the state tournament as the No. 5 seed at 126 pounds.
"I want to power my way through the state tournament," Jolley said. "I definitely want to come back and get that title. I'm still at 126, so I can take that title and have three titles at different weights. That would be good."
Resch and Ritchie are also going to state as district runner-ups.
Resch, at 132 pounds, opened the district tournament by pinning Liberty's John Lacambra in 2:00 in an opening-round bout. In the quarterfinals, Resch defeated Glencoe's Jeremiah Kauffman by fall in 3:32. He then got a 4-1 decision win over Newberg's Price Pothier in the semifinals, clinching a state bid.
"I was tough on top, and wouldn't let him go," Resch said of his semifinal win. "I just wrestled smart."
Resch, who lost to Newberg's Charlie Evans in the district title match, will be the No. 7 seed at 132 pounds at the state tournament.
"It's good to go back to state, and try to farther than I did last year," Resch said. "Hopefully, I'll place. That's a big goal. I'm going to just keep doing what I've done all season. I'm going to stick to the moves that got me here."
Ritchie opened the district tournament by pinning McMinnville's Gavin Rosenberry in 0:17 in a first-round match. In the quarterfinals, Ritchie pinned Century's Wylie Beard in 1:38. He then got a 6-0 decision win over Glencoe's Hunter Nakamoto in the semifinals to clinch a state berth.
"It was tiring, but the whole time, I just tried to smile and have fun," Ritchie said of his semifinal win. Going to state means a lot to me. I'm just going to try and work hard. My goal is to place at state and have fun. I like winning — winning is fun."
Ritchie lost to Newberg's Nicky Olmstead in the 106-pound district title match.
Placing third at the district tournament, and earning state bids, for Sherwood were junior Nick Hekker (113 pounds), sophomore Dalen Jolley (138), sophomore Malachi Tishendorf (145), junior Brody Stevens (160), junior Ian Glenn (182), senior Kaden Rhinehart (195) and sophomore Bryan Cuthbertson (220). Senior Jackson Barton placed fourth at 220 and earned a wild-card berth to state.
Also for Sherwood at the district tournament, senior Clayton Wengert was fourth at 138, senior Andrew Fujii was fourth at 152, junior Nick Severson was fifth at 285, sophomore Zackary Coenen was sixth at 120, junior Logan Swanson was sixth at 126, freshman Seth Glenn was sixth at 132, senior Ian Stormont was sixth at 152, sophomore Ashton Sarono-Ramos was sixth at 160 and junior Dominic Wynkoop was sixth at 285.
Sherwood finished in second place in the team standings at the district tournament with a score of 293.5 points. Newberg won the district team title with a score of 499.5. Century was third at 191.5.
Action at the Class 6A state tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. both days.
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