Woodburn's light weight wrestlers pace team at Banks High School, Southridge tournament.

COURTESY: WOODBURN WRESTLING - Hector Paniagua won the 126-pound bracket over South Medfords Isaac Rubus, one of eight Woodburn wrestlers to place at the Southridge Invitational on Saturday.The North Marion wrestling program scored a pair of big victories against the Astoria Fishermen and the Seaside Seagulls at Seaside High School on Jan. 9.

The Huskies went unbeaten in five matches against Astoria, winning 69-12 in a dual in which North Marion scored the majority of its points via forfeiture. North Marion followed with a 54-30 win over Seaside, taking a 54-0 lead before dropping its final five matches in the heavier weight classes.

Against Astoria, the Huskies were dominant in the matches determined on the mat. Shawn Ostrander (170 pounds) and Wyatt Haberstitch (138) each scored first round pins over their opponents, as did 132-pounder Cainan Sanchez, who defeated William Eddy in just 38 seconds.

In the 106-pound weight class, Alex Farrens beat Emma King by 9-3 decision, and at 195 pounds, Terrin Sheridan scored a six-point disqualification victory against Marcus Rasmussen.

But it was the team's win over Seaside that proved most satisfying.

Farrens opened the competition with a pinfall over Johnathon Kenenounis in the waning seconds of the first round, kicking of a streak of nine consecutive victories by forfeit or pinfall for the Huskies.

North Marion scored a forfeit victory in the 113-pound weight class before Justin McConkey pinned Andrew Gastelum in 5:26. Matthew Petrjanos followed with a third-round pin over Axel Garcia at 126 pounds, while Sanchez needed just 1:26 to beat Daniel Lombardi.

Another forfeit brought North Marion's lead to 36-0 heading into Avidan Sanchez's 145-pound match against Everett Rollins, which ended in a Husky victory less than a minute into the contest.

Saul Tarula picked up a pin at the end of the second round over Aidan Tice in the 152-pound match, and the Huskies added one final forfeit victory to bring their score to 54-0.

The Seagulls finally got on the scoreboard after picking up three straight pins in the 170, 182 and 195 weight classes and took forfeit victories at 220 and 285 to finish the night.

North Marion wrapped up the week with a trip to Newberg High School for the Earl Gillis Invitational, where they faced off against 5A and 6A teams.

The Huskies fell 60-12 to the Aloha Warriors, followed by a 54-27 defeat against the McNary Celtics. North Marion wrapped up the tournament with a 54-29 loss to the Thurston Colts.

COURTESY: WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn's Wesley Vasquez was one of three individual champions for the Bulldogs at the Southridge tournament on Saturday.Avidan Sanchez led the way for North Marion, scoring an 11-0 major decision over McNary's Gilbert Parra and taking down Thurston's Brett Hieter in 4:34.

Tarula added a 15-0 technical fall over Thurston's Varney Doreen, picked up a forfeit victory against McNary and narrowly fell by 4-3 decision to Payton Volk of Aloha.


The Woodburn wrestling team traveled for its first league competition at the 4A level last week, followed by a trip to Southridge High School and Forest Grove over the weekend for tournament action.

The Bulldogs fell 48-36 to the hosting Banks Braves on Jan. 8 and followed with a 50-24 loss to Tillamook later in the evening. Despite the loss to the Braves, Woodburn outscored Banks on the mat, giving up 18 points to forfeit weight classes in the upper divisions.

After the Braves won the opening 106-pound match, the Bulldogs built a 24-6 lead by winning the next four matches by pinfall. The two teams traded pins in the middle weights, with Woodburn holding a 36-12 lead before the Braves won the 170 and 182 matches by pin and took the last three by forfeit for the win.

Woodburn took a similar road against the No. 2-ranked Cheesemakers, using its talent in the lower weight classes to build a 24-3 lead before Tillamook swept the middle weights and collected forfeits at the upper weights to pick up the win.

Bryan Hernandez (113 pounds) Wesley Vasquez (120), Freddy Hernandez (132) and Angel Acevedo (145) each swept their opponents at the event.

"This past week the team was looking phenomenal despite the holes that we have on our lineup," Vasquez said. "I can say that everyone wrestled hard even though there were some losses, but the team is improving little by little. As an individual I felt like I did great, but it's still not where I want to be. There is still more that my team and I have to work on."

At Southridge, Woodburn placed third in the 11-team field, led by individual champions Wesley Vasquez, Hector Hernandez (126) and Freddy Hernandez. Angel Acevedo finished second in his weight class after losing 6-5 in the finals, while Marcos Hernandez and William Sandoval (138) each finished third.

At Forest Grove, the women's team was led by Leslie Alvarado, who finished fourth in the 125-pound bracket with a pair of pins.

"This weekend was a good one," Marcos Hernandez said. "We had a lot of great results from everyone which was a good confidence boost. We are slowly reaching to where we want to get to and with districts coming up soon, we're going to be training harder to get there."

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