Wrestling: Ingham steps up for the Timberwolves at state
Josiah Ingham certainly wasn't one of the favorites going into the Class 6A state wrestling tournament.
The Tualatin High School junior wasn't seeded at all in the 132-pound weight class. But Ingham showed just how much a competitive spirit can pay off.
Ingham, competing at the state event for the first time, earned a spot on the award stand, as battled his way to sixth place in the 132-pound division at the Class 6A state tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"It means a lot to me," Ingham said following his last tournament match on Saturday. "It was my first year qualifying for state. I came in as an underdog, and I competed, and it meant a lot."
Ingham, one of seven Timberwolves to compete at the state tournament, faced an uphill battle after losing, by a 7-2 decision, against fourth-seeded Enrique Jaime of North Medford in a first-round match.
But Ingham fought his way back through the consolation bracket. He first pinned Barlow's Nicholas Barden in a time of 2 minutes and 2 seconds in a consolation bracket second-round match. Ingham followed that up by pinning Aloha's Jonathan Flores-Garcia of Aloha in 0:56 in the consolation third round.
In the consolation fourth round, Ingham defeated Tigard's Chase Dennis, the No. 8 seed, by fall in 4:44. With that win, Ingham moved on to Saturday's second day of competition.
Ingham opened action on Saturday by getting a 2-1 decision win over Century's William Musser in the consolation fifth round. In that match, Ingham scored on a takedown seven seconds into the first round. Musser scored on an escape three seconds later, but Ingham fought through the rest of the match to get the one-point win, which clinched at least sixth place.
Ingham then fell by major decision to Oregon City's Sage Brown, the No. 3 seed, in the consolation semifinals. He then lost by a 9-2 decision to Sprague's Simon Artunyan in the fifth/sixth-place match.
"I feel like I did good," Ingham said. "I could have done more. There's more to improve on, but I feel like I fought hard, and it was a good day."
And, being just a junior, Ingham is already looking for a return trip to state next year.
"This is big motivation for next year. Big motivation, and big dreams to come," he said. "I'm going to go in, compete harder, and try and improve on where I placed, and keep on pushing. This was probably the most fun tournament I've ever had. It was really eye-opening to experience something like this."
Tualatin freshman Josue Guttierez, the No. 7 seed at 106 pounds, also reached the second day of the tournament, and came very close to placing.
Guttierez opened the tourney by pinning Cleveland's Sean Lee in 5:23 in a first-round match. In the second round, Guttierez got 5-2 decision win over David Douglas' Sudeep Gurung. In the quarterfinals, Guttierez lost by major decision to second-seeded Ethan Ritchie of Sherwood.
Guttierez bounded by to get a 3-2 decision win over Roseburg's Christian Martinez in a consolation fourth-round bout, before being edged, 6-5, by West Salem's Maxwell Irving.
Tualatin junior Curtis Strahm went 3-2 at 220 pounds at the tournament. Tualatin senior Cody Van Meter, at 182, and freshman Braden Moore, at 285, each picked up one win.
Senior Noah Brooks, at 152 pounds, and sophomore Brandon Chin, at 195, also competed at the state tournament.
The Wolves finished in a tie for 21st place in the team standings with 37 points. Newberg won the Class 6A state team championship with a score of 310.5. Roseburg was second at 262.5.
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