Wilsonville wrestlers place fourth at Colton Holly Invite
Wilsonville's young wrestling team grew up a bit Saturday.
Competing in their home gym, the Wildcats placed fourth at the annual Colton Holly Invite.
"We've got to get better and we are," Wilsonville coach Jason Milham said. "We're competing in winnable matches and the trick is to start winning those and little by little we are."
With dual wins over Canby and Barlow, Wilsonville finished 2-1 in pool play to reach the semifinals of the eight-team tournament.
The name of the game is getting better each week, with a young team, and I think we're seeing that, which is good," Milham said.
Playing for a spot in the finals, the Wildcats lost to the eventual Colton Holly champion, Silverton, 52-18.
"Silverton came after us and were real physical and I don't know if we responded as well as we could at that," Milham said." But that's the job is to get where we can manage that better."
Wilsonville then lost to Oregon City 48-33 in the third-place match.
Isaac Quesada finished a perfect 5-0 at 138 pounds, winning his first two matches by 18-1 and 16-1 technical falls, and then finishing the tournament with three straight pins.
"He's just doing his job everyday and plugging away like he's supposed to," Milham said of Quesada.
After going 3-1 at 145 pounds, Caleb Wilde jumped up to 152 for his final match, where he was pinned by Oregon City's Austin Nekvapil.
"We took a gamble and bumped Caleb Wilde up to one of their tough kids," Milham said. "He wanted to do that, which is great for him. He wanted to compete, which is exciting to see."
Joshua Abarca (120) finished 3-2 after getting disqualified in his match against Silverton.
Noah Ochs went 3-1 at 220 pounds and then lost his final match, wrestling at 285.
Jake Moore (285) finished 2-2 in his first action of the season. Hunter Mooney (152) was also 2-2.
Wilsonville's next league dual is Wednesday at Milwaukie. The Wildcats will then participate in the Tigard Invitational on Saturday.
"We're young, but we're working and excited and I think good things are happening," Milham said. "At this point in the season with six weeks left until the postseason starts, we're at a good place. We've still got to keep grinding away."
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