Tigard wrestlers battle at 50-team tournament
The Tigard High School wrestling team took on quite a challenge, as it battled in the Pac Coast Wrestling Championships, held Dec. 27-28 at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Wash.
The Tigers finished in 21st place in the team standings at the 50-school event with a score of 77 points. Selah, Wash., took first place with a score of 208. West Linn was second at 206.5.
Senior Johnny Nomani led the way for Tigard at the tournament, as he took second place in the 285-pound weight class. After receiving a first-round bye, Nomani won four matches in a row, including a 9-4 decision win over Dallas' Ashten Brecht in the semifinals. In the championship match, Nomani was edged 5-2 by Scappoose's Cutter Sandstrom.
Tigard senior Cameron O'Connor finished in fifth place at 120 pounds. O'Connor went 5-2 at the tournament, including a 10-7 decision win over Demani Thomas, of Orting, Wash., in the fifth-place match.
Tigard senior Zack Vorvick, at 152 pounds, didn't place, but he did win four of his six matches at the tournament.
Prior to the tournament, the Tigers scored a 42-37 win over Oregon City in a Three Rivers League dual match held Dec. 19 at Oregon City High School. With the win, Tigard evened its league record at 1-1.
In the victory at Oregon City, Tigard sophomore Attica Waddell, at 113 pounds, freshman Cade McCallister at 120, O'Connor at 126, freshman Chase Dennis at 132 and junior Cody Coppinger at 145, all won their matches by fall.
The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday, when then host rival Tualatin in a Three Rivers League dual match. Varsity bouts are set to start at 7 p.m.
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