Wilsonville seniors place at state wrestling tournament
PORTLAND — Wilsonville put two wrestlers on the podium at the Class 5A state championships.
Wrestling Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, senior Isaac Quesada placed fourth in the 138-pound division, and senior Noah Ochs finished fifth at 285 pounds.
Quesada, who finished third in 5A as a sophomore, but failed to make weight last season, opened his final state tournament with a 16-0 technical fall victory over Redmond senior Michaelo Degross.
After losing in the quarterfinals to Thurston sophomore Hunter Harwood 5-3 in overtime, Quesada defeated North Eugene senior Ishmael Blas 10-4 to remain in the tournament.
Quesada then edged Central freshman Ethan Dunigan 5-4 and Crater junior Kellen Kerrigan 4-3 to advance to the third-place match.
Getting a second chance at Harwood, Quesada lost by a 7-6 decision to place fourth.
Ochs, who missed the last month of the season with a LCL tear in his right knee before placing second in the NWOC district tournament, defeated Crater senior Isaiah Mays 4-2 in the first round of the state tournament.
Ochs then edged Redmond junior Jax Cumming 6-3 to advance to the semifinals.
After getting pinned by Dallas senior and No. 1 seed Ashten Brecht, and then Thurston junior Brian Jenkins in the consolation bracket, Ochs regrouped to pin Mays in the third period to place fifth.
Seven Wilsonville wrestlers competed in the state tournament, but Quesada and Ochs were the only two Wildcats to advance to day two.
Freddy Garcia (106), Josh Arbaca (113) and Caleb Wilde (145) all finished 1-2. Marshall Rodenbeck (160) and Jake Moore (285) both went 0-2.
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