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Kennedy's Morrow Gervais' Santos reach championship match at Scio Holiday Tournament

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn's Wesley Vasquez and North Marion's Ronaldo Hernandez square off in the opening round of the 132-pound bracket of the North Bend Coast Classic. Vasquez went on to place second, leading the Bulldogs to a 14th-place finish out of 32 teams over the weekend.Woodburn

The Woodburn wrestling team traveled to North Bend High School on Friday to take part in the North Bend Coast Classic, scoring 74 points to place 14th out of 34 teams.

The Bulldogs were led by senior Wesley Vasquez and junior Jaime Cruz, who placed second and fifth in their respective brackets.

Vasquez, a defending state champion, worked his way to the 132-pound bracket finals after scoring a pair of pinfalls in the first two matches, followed by an 8-0 major decision over Roseburg's fourth-seeded sophomore Rhett Martin.

Vasquez faced Redmond sophomore Junior Downing in the finals, falling by 19-6 major decision for his first loss of the season.

"As an individual, it wasn't the results I was expecting, but it's just the beginning of a successful season that is yet to come," Vasquez said. "I'm not satisfied with the results meaning that there is hard work ahead of us."

Cruz advanced to the semifinals of the 195-pound bracket with back-to-back pins over North Bend's Kaleb Hoffman and Henley's Taylor Villa.

Cruz was knocked down to the consolation side of the bracket by 10-5 decision against third-seeded junior Hayden Lackey of Grants Pass. Cruz fell again to top-seeded junior Logan Shenk of Ridgeview, but rallied for a win via a first-round pin over Cottage Grove's fifth-seeded senior Walker Humphrey to place fifth.

"I fell in the semis in both the championship and the consolation round which really mess with my mind but got back into my last match to secure fifth at 195 compared to last year where I didn't even place," Cruz said.

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn junior Jaime Cruz advanced to the 195-pound semifinals, fell in back-to-back matches, and recovered to win his final match to place fifth at the North Bend Coast Classic. ***

North Marion

The North Marion Huskies brought a small contingent of wrestlers to the North Bend Coast Classic on Friday and Saturday, scoring 9.5 points to place 31st overall.

Sophomore Caedyn Laninga recovered from an opening-round loss to Ridgeview junior Zach Anderson by picking up a 12-10 decision over ninth-seeded junior Jayden Brown of Grants Pass. Laninga was eliminated in a first-round pinfall against sophomore Skyler Wylie of Illinois Valley in the next match.

Senior Ronaldo Hernandez added points for North Marion, opening the weekend against defending state champion and top-seeded senior Wesley Vasquez of Woodburn in the 132-pound bracket. Hernandez lasted until the second round, where he was pinned in 3:05, sending him to the consolation side of the bracket.

Hernandez stayed alive by taking an 18-2 technical fall over Henley's Nick Tellez, but eventually fell to Molalla's Alec Lowry in the following round of consolation matches.

Sophomore Ethan Gianella finished the day with the most points for the Huskies, taking home four points with an opening-round victory over Woodburn's Bryan Ramirez before falling in his next two matches.

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Gervais

The Gervais wrestling team sent six wrestlers to the Scio Holiday Tournament on Saturday, placing 10th with 51 points following impressive performances from seniors Fabian Santos and Alex Giron.

Santos advanced to the championship match of the 170-pound bracket, scoring a tournament-opening victory by second-round pinfall over Nestucca sophomore Daniel Maddox. Santos followed with a 5-2 decision over Santiam Christian senior Trevor Oxenrider in the bracket semifinal, sending him to the bracket finals against Nestucca junior German Munoz, who won by 15-0 technical fall.

In the 182-pound bracket, Giron opened with a 30-second pin over Amity sophomore Enrique Martinez, but fell equally as quickly in the bracket semifinals to eventual champion Josiah Nordstrom of Scio.

On the consolation side, Giron clipped Kennedy junior Cole Boen with a second-round pin to advance to the consolation finals, where he had his most significant victory of the day — a 12-second pin over Santiam senior Weston Watts to finish in third place.

Elsewhere for the Cougars, Eduardo Cortes (220 pounds), Andy Cruz (220), and Skyler Kempton (126) each went 2-2 at the tournament.

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Kennedy

Junior Matthew Morrow and freshman Lucas Bischoff led the Kennedy wrestling team at the Scio Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

The two wrestlers placed second and third in their respective weight brackets, helping the Trojans score 52 points to finish ninth out of 11 teams.

Morrow scored a first-round pin of Nestucca freshman Jacob Whittle in the semifinals of the 113-pound bracket, earning a trip to the finals against Yamhill-Carlton junior Reily Liesegang, who pinned Morrow at the tail-end of the first round.

Bischoff defeated Sheridan senior Isaac McCarthy via a first-round pin to advance to the semifinals, where he faced eventual bracket champion German Munoz of Nestucca.

Bischoff was the lone wrestler to go the distance against Munoz, narrowly losing by 11-9 decision to fall to the consolation side of the bracket.

There he scored two quick victories, pinning Santiam Christian's Andrew Haase in 21 seconds, followed by a 48-second win over Riddle's Jonathan Matice to take third place.

Junior teammate Cole Boen fell one round short of placing, recovering from a tournament-opening loss to win his next two by a first-round pinfall in the 182-pound bracket. Boen fell in the consolation semifinals to Gervais senior Alex Giron, who won via pinfall in the second round.


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