Woodburn wins one of three at home wrestling duals
The Woodburn High School wrestling program hosted the first home matches on Wednesday, Dec. 18, taking on visiting teams from Milwaukie, Oregon City and Hood River Valley, along with the girls team from Centennial.
Led by juniors Kaden Christiansen and Jaime Cruz, the Bulldogs went 1-for-3 in the competition, beating Milwaukie 46-27 while falling to Oregon City 44-36 and Hood River Valley 46-28.
Christiansen and Cruz were the lone Woodburn wrestlers to pick up wins in all three of their matches. At 160 pounds, Christiansen opened with a second-round pin over Hood River Valley's Caleb Dehart in 3:11. He dropped down to 152 pounds for the follow-up match against Milwaukie, notching an 18-3 technical fall 16 seconds into the third round against Gage Munoz. Christiansen concluded his day with another pin, beating Maxwell Kniebuehler of Oregon City in 2:35 at 152 pounds.
Cruz opened his day with a 14-1 major decision over Hood River Valley's Andrew McCreery at 195 pounds and followed with a 16-0 technical fall in 5:21 over Fiona McConnell of Milwaukie. Cruz picked up a forfeit victory against Oregon City to close out the day.
Several other Woodburn wrestlers went 2-for-3 on the day, including seniors Wesley Vasquez, Jose Sanchez, Freddy Hernandez and Hector Paniagua.
Vasquez picked up Woodburn's first victory of the day in the 132-pound match against Hood River Valley, scoring a first-round pin over Aiden Sewell to ignite a string of four pins by the Bulldogs in the next five matches.
The senior added a victory via forfeit over Milwaukie, but was beaten in a 13-7 decision by Oregon City's Refugio Morales Ayala.
Hernandez rallied from an opening-match loss to Hood River Valley's Chad Muenzer at 145 pounds, falling in 2:58 at 145 pounds, by taking his next two bouts. He followed with a 3:35 pin over Milwaukie's Brandon Pomeroy and needed just 42 seconds to score a pinfall over Maxwell Kniebuehler of Oregon City.
Paniagua opened his day with a third-round win over Preston Armstrong of Hood River Valley in 4:58 at 138 pounds and defeated Wade Peterson of Milwaukie in 3:12. He finished with a second-round loss to defending 6A third-place senior Sage Brown in 2:51.
Sanchez scored his first victory of the day at 160 pounds in a 1:38 pinfall over Hood River Valley's Benjamin Griggs and followed with a 3:02 pin against Miluwakie's Andrew Igontov before falling to Spencer Townsend of Oregon City in a quick 17-second match.
Other victories for Woodburn include Bryan Ramirez (126 pounds) over Theodore Baldwin of Milwaukie in 5:02, Keven Mendoza (170) over Isaac Vallejos of Milwaukie in 1:25, Juan Velasquez (113) over Mason Perry of Oregon City in 3:09 and Alan Ibarra (182) via forfeit against Oregon City.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to continue their week at Canby High School on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Larry Owings Tournament — named after Woodburn assistant coach Larry Owings, who graduated from Canby.
Woodburn will take an extended break from action over the winter break before returning to the mat at Junction City on Thursday, Jan. 9.
WOODBURN TEAM DUALS
Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Woodburn High School
- Woodburn 46, Milwaukie 27
- Oregon City 44, Woodburn 36
- Hood River Valley 46, Woodburn 28
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