West Linn takes Rose City, Crook County dominates the South
Dec. 15, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
The prep wrestling season hit full speed Friday and Saturday with West Linn earning a solid tournament victory in Portland, while Crook County turned some heads in two two tournaments.
The Lions won the Rose City Championships at Westview High, earning a trio of individual titles.
But, the Cowboys were the big winners of the weekend, taking the North Bend Coast Classic in Coos Bay while finishing second at the Culver Invitational in Central Oregon.
Crook County narrow missed winning at Culver, finishing behind Glide by just 9.5 points (258.5-249). The team had 10 wrestlers finish in fourth place or higher, including Brent Bannon, who won at 126 pounds.
In Coos Bay, the Cowboys dominated the field with 299 points, easily outdistancing Roseburg with 219.5 points. The team had nine wrestlers place third or higher, including four champions: Trayon Libolt at 120, Collbran Meeker at 152, Tyler Berger at 160 and Gunnar Robirts at 195.
Class 6A is an open space as only one individual champion returns
Dec. 11, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
There was a significant changing of the guard in high school wrestling last season, and it's likely to continue this year, especially at Class 6A.
With the season gearing up, the 6A ranks return only one champion - Roseburg junior Chad Jones, who won at 120 pounds. The other 13 weights were all won by seniors, including three from David Douglas, which won the state title for the first time since 1966.
Overall, the state champions of all five classes were won by a team that hadn't won the year before - the first time that had happened since the OSAA expanded to six classifications in 2006-07.
Hermiston won its sixth title in seven years at Class 5A, but figures to get a significant push from the rest of the state, led by 2012 champion Dallas.
At Class 4A, Crook County enters the season as the defending champion, when it had 11 underclass wrestlers finish within the top 6. The Cowboys would be the first repeat champion at the state meet since 2007, when Nyssa's run of seven-straight titles came to an end.
Glide won its first title at Class 3A last year with just one individual champion. Willlamina, which finished second, returns two state champions.
At 2A, Lowell returns three champions from its first title team in 22 years. Much of the team reached the state finals in Class 1A football, too, before losing to imbler.
The Scots reclaim history, while the Wildcats make theirs at state wrestling
Feb. 23, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
David Douglas culminated five years of championship planning with its first state title in 47 years, while Glide capped a drive from the past seven years with its first title at the OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires Wrestling State Championships Saturday night at the Rose Garden.
The Scots got three individual wins to outpoint upstart Oregon City for the Class 6A title, while the Wildcats eased past Willamina for the Class 3A title.
Hermiston reclaimed the Class 5A title, making it's run six in seven years since the OSAA moved to six classifications, and five for wrestling, in 2006-07. Crook County won its first title since 1975 at the Class 4A tournament, while Lowell won its first state title since 1991 at Class 2A.
Multiple district champions have several schools pegged as state favorites
Feb. 19, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
With two days until the state wrestling championship begins, the schools with large numbers of district champions have emerged as either favorites or contenders to win a team title at Memorial Coliseum.
Crook County leads all teams with nine district champions at Class 4A, a class that's seen significant power shifts since the state moved to six classes in 2007. Five schools have won the 4A title in those six years, with only Sweet Home winning twice. Last year, the title was decided by just three points, with Cascade edging Henley.
Sweet Home is back with seven district champions, Henley, which finished third, has six and Cascade has four. Crook County finished fourth last year.
Glide, at Class 3A, has eight district champions, while four other schools have seven - half the number of champions available in each district tournament. In addition to Sweet Home and Hillsboro, Hermiston, Culver and Willamina all have seven.
The state championships begin with first-round matches in the 16-wrestler brackets at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Finals are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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