Indians claim fourth-straight title to highlight state meet
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
PORTLAND - The University of Roseburg did it again.
With team members sporting visors with "University of R" on them, Roseburg High won the Class 6A wrestling state championship for the fourth straight year Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, a feat highlighted by two four-time champions.
Layne Van Anrooy capped an unbeaten season with the title at 160 pounds, and Haydn Maley won the 220-pound title to lead the Indians to a meet-record 366 points, beating the previous record by 63 points. Van Anrooy and Maley are the first teammates to win four state titles in the same four years. Roseburg had two other seniors win titles as well: Bennett Mesa at 132, and Austin Harris at 182.
Crater, which had 22 wrestlers in the meet, won at Clas 5A for its first title since 2006, ending Hermiston's four-year run of titles in the process.
Nyssa won at Class 3A with 287 points, the runner-up score to Roseburg, for its third-straight title.
Culver had four individual champions and won at 2A for its fourth-consecutive title.
Iin the closest team race in the history of the meet, Sweet Home beat Crook County 181-180.5, earning its total by getting five wrestlers into their weight finals.
Since the OSAA went to six classifications in 2007 - which turned into five wrestling divisions, Roseburg and Culver have ruled their classifications. Roseburg has won nine of the 11 finals in that time, while Culver has won 10.
Among defending champs, the Indians have plenty to work through
Feb. 22, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
After three consecutive state titles, and five in six years, sending 17 wrestlers to the state tournament would basically put Roseburg High into its fourth-straight and six in seven years.
That would be an easy conclusion.
But, David Douglas has been building for several years, is coming off a second-place finish and has more district champions than the Indians do as the state tournament prepares to begin Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
And, Hillsboro and McNary seem ready to be contenders as well.
A title by any of those three teams would take fans into their history books as none has won a team title since 1990, when Hillsboro won. McNary hasn’t won since 1975, and David Douglas last won in 1966.