Woodburn places fourth at Larry Owings tournament
The Woodburn wrestling team had a busy holiday break, competing at a pair of tournaments at Canby and West Albany high schools, respectively.
The Bulldogs opened the winter break with the Larry Owings Invitational, named after the current Woodburn assistant coach who was a two-time state champion at Canby in 1967 and 1968 and went on to defeat two-time collegiate national champion Dan Gable in the 1970 NCAA Division I Championships.
Despite entering with five empty weight classes, Woodburn had a strong showing at Canby on Dec. 22, finishing fourth among the 12-team field that predominantly featured 5A and 6A programs.
Freddy Hernandez finished first in the 132-pound bracket, recording all four of his victories by either pinfall or technical fall. Hernandez's bracket win was matched by teammate Angie Lopez in the girls tournament, scoring a pair of wins over Canby's Maren Gingerich to finish first in the 125-pound bracket.
William Sandoval also reached the championship round of his bracket, falling in the second round to Uriel Rodriguez of Century to place second overall at 138 pounds. Sandoval was 3-1 at the tournament.
Wesley Vasquez added a third-place finish for the Bulldogs at 126 pounds, going 3-1 and defeating David Douglas' Damauri Crawley by pinfall in the second round of the third-place match.
Hector Paniagua was 2-2 at the tournament, finishing in fourth place in the 138-pound bracket.
Woodburn followed with a trip to West Albany for the annual Northwest Duals tournament on Dec. 28-29, going 1-5 over the weekend.