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Seven Wildcats qualify for Class 5A state tournament Feb. 28-29 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville senior Isaac Quesada won his fourth NWOC district wrestling title Saturday.

Going for his fourth district title, Wilsonville senior Isaac Quesada felt more pressure than the first three.

"I had those final jitters," said Quesada. "There was definitely more pressure this time."

Quesada captured the 138-pound NW Oregon Conference title Saturday at Wilsonville High School by defeating Scappoose senior Colton Frates 7-4 in the finals.

"I didn't wrestle to my potential, and not how I would like to wrestle at state," Quesada said. "Frates really came for blood. He really wanted it. He came ready to wrestle and ready for all of my attacks. He played good defense. It was a good match."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville senior Isaac Quesada wrestles Scappoose senior Colton Frates for the 138-pound NWOC district title.

Quesada, who placed third as a sophomore, but missed weight last year, enters this year's state tournament as the No. 4 seed.

"The main prize is the championship," Quesada said. "All four years I've been hoping to win one. The bracket is pretty stacked this year. It's well-rounded."

Four Wilsonville wrestlers advanced to the district finals.

Joshua Abarca (113), Caleb Wilde (145) and Noah Ochs (285) all placed second.

Ochs elected not to wrestle in the finals after missing the last month of the season with a LCL tear in his right knee.

"I'd rather save it for next week," Ochs said, referring to the state tournament. "If I do have my season end because of my knee, I'd rather it be at state."

Ochs defeated Hillsboro senior Andy Garcia 7-1 in the semifinals.

"I just changed my game plan and tried to stay on my feet more and not get taken down," said Ochs, who will need surgery after the season. "I just worked my stuff up top and had shorter matches."

Ochs has been to the state tournament twice before, but has yet to place.

"Luckily this year heavyweight is kind of weak, said Ochs, who drew the No. 5 seed at this year's state tournament. "Hopefully if I get a good draw I can find my way to the placing rounds."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville freshman Josh Abarca wrestles Scappoose freshman Anthony Comer 4-3 in the 113-pound finals.

Abarca, a freshman, stormed out of the gym upset after losing to Scappoose freshman Anthony Comer 4-3 in the 113-pound district finals.

"I was really frustrated," Abarca said. "He was stalling on bottom. I don't know why they (referees) didn't call that. It wasn't up to me. It was up to the refs. I shouldn't have put it in their hands. I should have done my own thing. He's really good. I congratulate him as well."

Abarca, the No. 4 seed in the district tournament, upset No. 1 Narcizo Garza (St. Helens) 9-6 in the semifinals.

"I think he came out with the mentality that he was going to win and he underestimated me very much," Abarca said. "I kind of showed him. He took the first shot and took me down, and then I got back up and it was go time. It was my time to shine."

Wilde lost to Hillsboro junior Jackson Godsey in the 145-pound finals, getting pinned early in the third period.

Wilsonville will take seven wrestlers to the Class 5A state tournament Feb. 28-29 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, after Freddy Garcia (106), Marshall Rodenbeck (160) and Jake Moore (285) all took fourth at the NWOC district tournament.

Derek Wiley
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