Timberwolves battle at TRL district wrestling tourney
The Tualatin High School wrestling team battled at the Three Rivers League district tournament.
Now, many of those Timberwolves will get to battle some more.
Tualatin qualified at least five competitors for the upcoming Class 6A state tournament, thanks to strong performances at the Three Rivers League district event, held Friday and Saturday at Canby High School.
The top three finishers in each weight class at the district tournament, as well as some fourth-place finishers who earn wild-card bids, will advance to the Class 6A state tourney, which will be held Feb. 28-29 at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Wolves had five wrestlers turn in top-three finishes at the district tourney. Tualatin had four more wrestlers, who have yet to learn their state-tournament fate, with fourth-place finishes.
Leading the way for Tualatin at the district tournament was freshman Josue Guttierrez, who finished second at 106 pounds.
Guttierez, after receiving a first-round tournament bye, opened competition by scoring a 15-0 technical fall victory over Tigard's Tomas Calderon in a quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, Guttierez notched a 5-4 decision victory over Canby's Landon Sprague.
In the 106-pound title bout, Guttierez was edged 5-2 by West Linn's Andrew Shelofsky.
Tualatin junior Josiah Ingham, at 132 pounds, senior Noah Brooks, at 152, senior Cody Van Meter at 182, and junior Curtis Strahm, at 220, all had third-place finishes at the district tournament.
Ingham went 4-1 at the tournament, pinning West Linn's Logan Owens in a time of 5 minutes and 28 seconds in the 132-pound third-place match.
Brooks went 4-1 at the tourney. He got a 12-8 decision win over West Linn's Benjamin Winjum in the 152-pound third-place bout to earn his state berth. Van Meter went 3-1 at the tournament. He pinned Canby's Levi Goode in 1:54 in the 182-pound third-place match.
Strahm went 3-1 at the tournament. He pinned senior Brett Gydesen, his Tualatin teammate, in the 220-pound third-place match.
Placing fourth for Tualatin at the district tournament were senior Jake Reser at 170, sophomore Brandon Chin at 195, Gydesen at 220 and freshman Braden Moore at 285.
Also for the Wolves at the tournament, sophomore Vincent Roberts was fifth at 113, junior Nathanial Abarca-Lopez was fifth at 145, sophomore Zach Hoekstra was fifth at 182 and freshman Marco Hernandez was fifth at 195.
Tualatin finished in fourth place in the team standings at the district tournament with a scored of 197.5 points. West Linn won the district tournament team title with a score of 376. Canby was second at 318, and Oregon City was third at 226.5.
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