Wilsonville wins five weight classes at NWOC meet
Milwaukie—The Wilsonville wrestling squad had itself a dominant outing at the Northwest Oregon District Meet at Rex Putnam High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. The Wildcats had five athletes take the top spot in their respective weight divisions, and had six wrestlers in the final matches of the night.
"I feel great," Wilsonville head coach Jason Milham said. "The kids put together a good tournament. I think Wilsonville's never had this many finalists."
The Wildcats got the night started off with senior Adzel Villanueva winning a 10-2 major decision over Milwaukie's Devon Greeley to capture the gold at 106-pounds.
"Oh my goodness, it's a lot to take in honestly," Villanueva said after his match. "I remember freshman year I would always go two and out, and at some point I would want to not care about wrestling. Something my dad said, 'If you're in a sport or something, you've got to put your heart into it. If you keep losing, there's a reason for everything.' So I stuck with it, and now it's my senior year winning districts. It's a lot for me to take in honestly."
To follow up that performance, Wilsonville freshman Caleb Wilde got the pin against Milwaukie's Brandon Pomeroy just 19 seconds into the second round. Wilde, who came to Wilsonville from Idaho with his family, says he brought a competitive spirit with him.
"It's just crazy, I spent a lot of time at club for wrestling, and I think it really paid off," Wilde said. "I started in third grade, and I moved here from Idaho, and brought wrestling with me because it's a big thing in Idaho. Brought it here, kept doing it."
After starting out the second round on top, Wilde took Pomeroy's back and sank his hooks in to maneuver into the fall.
"Couple years ago I started really liking the leg ride, and I've just been working guys with it," Wilde said. "And the forced half is really hard to get out of because it drains their energy so much especially when you're pounding on their head the whole first period. The forced half just turns them right over."
In the 120-pound weight class, Isaac Quesada picked up a pair of impressive wins against Hillsboro representatives Joshua Smith and Tristin Keffer in the semifinals and finals respectively. After pinning Smith, Quesada faced Keffer and won a 4-2 decision at the end of the match. Quesada took the lead in round two after escaping from the bottom position.
At 152-pounds, freshman Tyson Resko went three for three, pinning all three of his opponents in the district meet. Resko capped it off picking up the fall against Hillsboro's Jorge Vega-Gallardo 38 seconds into the second round.
"Tyson is a top level kid, has been all season," coach Milham said of freshman. "He's got the potential to be a state placer, and potentially a high placer. The sky is the limit. The draw will matter, but as a district champion he'll his first match or two be very winnable matches, and then we see from there."
At 170-pounds, it was one way traffic for Wilsonville's top wrestler Perry Rodenbeck. The senior pinned two of his three opponents en route to his appearance in the finals against Putnam's Justin Bean. Rodenbeck would pick up where he left off. After shooting ahead on the scoreboard 16-2, the Wildcat got the second round pin at 1:35 of round number two.
Not more than a minute after the match, Rodenbeck was already concentrating on his state title run.
"I've got to trust my coaches, keep training," Rodenbeck said. "Training isn't over yet, I have to do it next week. Keep pushing myself, and make sure I'm ready for the state finals. When the state finals comes, push that last couple minutes, and not make the same mistakes I made last year."
In the 195-pound division, Wilsonville's Cheronimo Simina advanced all the way to the finals, but was pinned in the first round by Milwaukie's Chazz Amundson at the 1:27 mark.
Wilsonville's state qualifying wrestlers will head to the state meet on Feb. 16-17 at Memorial Coliseum to compete with the best in the state.