Sherwood tops Century in wrestling battle
It was a battle.
It was a battle from start to finish. Both teams wanted the win, and they both fought for it.
And the Sherwood High School wrestling team got it.
In a competitive bout, seeing strong performances from both squads, the Bowmen came away with a 37-33 win over Century in a Pacific Conference dual match held Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Century High School in Hillsboro.
"It was good," said Sherwood senior Brody Stevens, who won the 160-pound match by major decision. "It was a little closer than we hoped for. We lost a few of those close matches that we're going to want win later on in the year. But, overall, it was really good."
"I think it went pretty good," said Sherwood senior Sam Fangon, who won by fall at 170 pounds. "As a team, we connected. Once somebody got a win, we just progressively got better and better."
With the win, Sherwood upped its conference dual match record to 2-1.
"This was very fun," Fangon said. "I thought that, overall, our team just got after it."
Century moved to 3-1 in conference matches with the setback.
"It didn't go as well as we would have wanted," said Century junior Brody Reese, who won by fall at 285. "We gave away a few matches but we shouldn't have, but, I think a lot of our guys fought really hard. Sherwood is a good opponent, and we're learning every time we step foot on the mat."
After Century received a forfeit win at 106 pounds, Sherwood freshman Ethan Ritchie got the Bowmen on the scoreboard, winning the 113-pound match by fall in a time of 56 seconds. Senior Nick Hekker then gave Sherwood its first lead of the night, at 12-6, when he won by pin at 120 in a time of 1:13.
The Jaguars answered back at 126, with junior Bennet Parkinson winning by fall at 4:57, tying the team score at 12-12.
Sherwood senior Logan Swanson regained the lead for the Bowmen, at 18-12, as he triumphed by pin, in a time of 1:21 in the 132-pound bout. Senior Uriel Rodriguez responded for Century at 138 pounds, getting a hard-fought 5-2 decision win over Sherwood senior Philip Resch. Rodriguez scored on a takedown with just one second left in the match to wrap up the victory.
Sherwood junior Dallen Jolley came away with an 8-7 decision win at 145 in a competitive match with Century sophomore Will Musser. In that bout, Jolley scored on a reversal to start the third round, giving him an 8-4 lead. Musser countered with an escape and a takedown to cut the lead to 8-7 with 1:00 left n the match, but Jolley battled to hold on to the win, which gave Sherwood a 21-15 lead in the team score.
But Century came back to tie the score, at 21-21, when senior Ernesto Alvarez won by fall in a time of 2:11 at 152 pounds. Alvarez trailed 2-0 at the end of the first round. But, after choosing the "up" position to open the second round, he quickly got the pin.
Stevens then helped bring momentum back to Sherwood's side. Steven scored on seven takedowns on his way to getting a 14-5 major decision win at 160 pounds.
"My practice partner, (Bowmen sophomore) Seth Glenn, really helped me out with that one," Stevens said. "He and I practice every day together. A lot of that has to do with him getting me better."
Fangon followed that up by winning the 170-pound match by fall in a time of 1:05, giving Sherwood a 31-21 advantage in the team score.
"I think, looking back at it, it was looking at coach in the corner, thinking I've just got to get to my go-to things," Fangon said.
The combination of Stevens and Fangon, who can both wrestled at 160 or 170, has been paying off for the Bowmen.
"It's nice having someone you can be interchangeable with," Stevens said. "One week, I'm going 170, one week, he's going 170. We're both 160. It's nice to have someone to back you up and be consistent at both weights."
"That kind of fired me up," Fangon said of wrestling following Stevens' victory. "And I was looking at my opponent, just thinking about what I could do. I was just going through the match in my head."
Century sophomore Cayden Palmeri won by fall in 1:32 at 182, cutting the Sherwood lead to 31-27.
At 195 pounds, Sherwood junior Ashton Sarono-Ramos scored on an escape and takedown in the third round to get a 5-0 decision win over Century junior Cayson Hammer.
At 220, Bowmen junior Bryan Cuthbertson picked up an 11-5 decision win, giving Sherwood a 37-27 lead, clinching the dual match victory for the Bowmen.
At 285, Reese won by fall in 2:24.
"I just went out there and did what I always do," Reese said of his win.
Reese victory made the final score 37-33.
"Overall, we knew what we had to do," Fangon said.
Both teams are now looking for big things the rest of the season.
"We've got the Oregon Classic coming up, in Redmond, and then we have the rest of our league duals," Stevens said. "Hopefully, we can compete for a league championship. I think this is the best team we've the past few years. We're very consistent everywhere. Hopefully, we can make a run at it this year."
"We're obviously trying to bring home a state trophy," said Reese, who placed third at 285 at last year's Class 6A state tournament. "That's our goal as a team. And, I'm going to be shooting for that state championship this year."
Sherwood will next be in action at the Oregon Classic, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.
Century, on Friday, will compete at the Laura Gillott Keller Williams Tournament to be held at Lebanon High School.
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