Roseburg heads list of team winners at state meet
PORTLAND - In a night dominated by traditional powerhouses, Roseburg reclaimed its spot atop the class 6A ranks while Hermiston, Burns and Culver all continued title runs at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state wrestling championships at Memorial Coliseum.
Roseburg won the 6A title for the third time in four years by scoring 298.5 points, just missing the record of 303 set last year by Hermiston at the 5A level. Hermiston finished with 269 points and its fourth-straight title since the OSAA expanded from four classes to six in 2006-07.
Burns won it’s ninth-straight title at Class 3A and Class 2A Culver matched Hermiston with it’s fourth-straight title.
Scappoose scored only its second title by upending defending championg Sweet Home, 195 to 182. The Indians, with a long tradition but only one title in 1974, built an early lead in the tournament and matched the Huskies the rest of the way. Both teams finished with nine place-winners.
The tournament’s traditional powers showed up in several finals that featured intrasquad rivalries. In the round of finals at 119 pounds, CJ Dircksen and Joey Delgado of Hermiston fought it out for the 5A championship one mat from Dan Faas and Reed Van Anrooy of Roseburg who were wrestling for the 6A championship. “It really sucks, because we’re both good buddies,” said Faas, the top-ranked wrester at the weight. “We got milkshakes and Slurpies together this morning, but when it comes to the mat we’re supposed to hurt each other.”
Faas, a senior, won his second state title against his unranked freshman teammate. That match was followed by a pride battle between Reed Van Anrooy’s older brother Drew, and second-place Newberg’s three-time champion Tommy Siciliano. In a spirited and controversial match that had half the Coliseum’s spectators on their feet, Siciliano did just enough to hold off Van Anrooy and become the 18th wrestler in Oregon history to win four titles.
Siciliano survived an apparent late takedown by Van Anrooy - which was reversed for the two being out of bounds, and won 3-2 as fans booed for his stalling in the final 15 seconds.
Siciliano was so nervous that he spent much of his post-match celebration throwing up in a garbage can while being slapped on the back by jubilant teammates.
In Class 3A, Burns, which won the title last year by just 2.5 points, scored a 38-point victory over Reedsport, which won a pair head-to-head championship finals.
Burns senior Dallas Root won the 125-pound title for the Hilanders as well as his family.
“I’ve wrestled since the fourth grade, so that’s nine years, and I have two older brothers who wrestled,” Root said. “It’s always been a dream to have a state champion in the family and in my final year, now we do.” Culver took home the Class 2A title by outscoring Lowell 139.5-95.
The Bulldogs have won or finished runner-up in eight of the last nine years.