Wrestlers hit big stage

Five classes move toward state titles
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - It's always one of the most exciting days of the year for high school sports in Oregon - the first day of the state wrestling meet.

Memorial Coliseum gets filled with 10 mats and hundreds of wrestlers from across the state head out for two, sometimes three matches as the 12-hour session takes place.

As the day works its way along, team scores begin to showcase which squads have been best prepared to stand atop the team podium and the Indians of Roseburg were working their way back to that spot in Class 6A having qualified a tournament-best 22 wrestlers.

Roseburg had plenty of competition, though, from Sprague, Newberg and David Douglas with the big points set for Saturday's semifinals and finals.

At 5A, Dallas and Crater, which finished second and first, respectively last year, had separated themselves.

At 4A, Crook County led Sweet Home and Tillamook.

At 3A, Harrisburg led through most of the day with its goal of winning a title for the first time.

And at 2A, four-time champion Culver, which has won 10 times in the past 11 years, already had a dominant lead.