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.
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.
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.
Live webcast originates from Jefferson High School practice facility
Dec. 10, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Is Jefferson the team to beat in the Class 5A ranks among wrestling teams?
The Democrats may as well be - at least this early in the season.
With news that the Hermiston program has lost a number of its standouts, the Demos have a chance to move toward the top of the state ranks. That'll be one of the topics tonight during the first episode of Tuesday Night Wrestling, a live webcast that will be recorded from the Jefferson High practice facility. The room will be in action, but with young athletes from the junior program.
Oregonsports.com publisher Cliff Pfenning will host the program, and be joined by Jefferson coach Montral Brazille.
The webcast can be seen on this page, and a social chat room will be available to communicate with the hosts.
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.
Subscribe to Oregonsports Journal for advanced coverage of the tournament, including a special print issue.
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.
The Bulldogs look to reclaim the state title they lost to Dallas last year
Feb. 22, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
It was after a loss in the Cadet Junior Nationals last summer that Hermiston’s Tyler Berger took to using the result as a source of inspiration for his future matches. So, he fashioned a plaque of inspirational sayings and placed it above the door of his room so that he would be able to view it daily.
“I wanted to use that as something to help motivate me to work harder, and try harder,” Berger said. “I see that every day and try to use that every day to get better.”
Berger has been at the top of his weight in Oregon the past two years, and is seeded No. 1 at 138 pounds as the OSAA Championships are set to begin Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Several districts have already held meets, while other are set for Friday/Saturday
Feb. 11, 2013
The Roseburg wrestling team, the defending Class 6A champion, rolled through its district meet last weekend and qualified an amazing 17 wrestlers for the state meet, gaining an extra week of rest in the process as the District 4 meet ended Saturday.
The District 3 meet, won by Sprague also ended Saturday, as did the District 4 meet in Class 5A - won by Redmond.
For the rest of the state, Friday and Saturday will see the top four qualifiers earn a spot in the final 16, when the state championship are played out at Memorial Coliseum, Feb. 22-23.
While Roseburg is the defending Class 6A champion, Dallas will look to defend the state title it won last year at Class 5A - the school's first. Cascade won the Class 4A title, and Nyssa ended a 10-year title run by Burns with the Class 3A title. Culver win its sixth-straight Class 2A title.
Here is the district meet schedule, along with team scores for the three districts that have competed.
Oregonsports Journal will preview the team races within each classification, as well as feature programs at Roseburg and Hermistion with a special print edition set for distribution Feb. 21.
DISTRICT MEETS Friday and Saturday
CLASS 6A DISTRICT 1, at Westview High Aloha, Beaverton, Century, Forest Grove, Glencoe, Grant, Hillsboro, Lincoln, Southridge, Sunset, Westview
DISTRICT 2, at Oregon City Barlow, Canby, Centennial, Clackamas, David Douglas, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, Reynolds, West Linn
DISTRICT 3, at Tualatin Feb. 8/9 TEAM SCORES: Sprague 310.5, NcNary 263.5, McMinnville 263.5, Tualatin 211,5, Newberg 199, North Salem 177.5, West Salem 177.5, West Salem 157.5, McKay 143, Tigard 106, South Salem 49.
DISTRICT 4, at Crater High, Feb. 8/9 TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 396.5, North Medford 283.5, Crater 277, Thurston 186.5, Grants Pass 169, Sheldon 91, South Medford 76, South Eugene 55.
CLASS 5A DISTRICT 1, at Sandy High Liberty, Milwaukie, Parkrose, Putnam, Sandy, Sherwood, St. Helens, Wilsonville
DISTRICT 2, at Marshall High Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Hermiston, Hood River Valley, Jefferson, Madison, Pendleton, Roosevelt, The Dalles, Wilson
DISTRICT 3, at Corvallis High Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Dallas, Lebanon, Silverton, South Albany, West Albany, Woodburn
DISTRICT 4, at Churchill, Feb. 8/9 TEAM SCORES: Redmond 379, Eagle Point 297, Churchill 285, Mt. View 208, Marshfield 109.5, Summit 102, Willamette 91, Springfield 90, Ashland 78.5, Bend 75, North Eugene 16.
CLASS 4A DISTRICT 1, at Tillamook Astoria, Banks, Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla, North Marion, Scappoose, Seaside, Tillamook, Yamhill-Carlton
DISTRICT 2, at LaGrande Baker, Crook County, La Grande, La Pine, Madras, McLoughlin, Ontario, Ridgeview, Sisters
DISTRICT 3, at South Umpqua Brookings-Harbor, Douglas, Henley, Hidden Valley, Mazama, North Bend, North Valley, Phoenix, Siuslaw, South Umpqua, Sutherlin
DISTRICT 4, at Philomath Cascade, Central, Cottage Grove, Elmira, Junction City, Newport, Philomath, Stayton, Sweet Home, Taft
CLASS 3A DISTRICT 1, at Clatskanie Chemawa, Clatskanie, Colton, Corbett, De La Salle North, Gervais, Rainier, Scio, Warrenton
DISTRICT 2, at Jefferson High Amity, Dayton, Harrisburg, Jefferson, Pleasant Hill, Santiam Christian, Sheridan, Toledo, Willamina
DISTRICT 3, at Coquille Cascade Christian, Coquille, Creswell, Glide, Illinois Valley, Lakeview, Rogue River
DISTRICT 4, at Riverside High Burns, Nyssa, Riverside, Vale
CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1, at Vernonia Knappa, Monroe, Neah-Kah-Nie, Nestucca, Triangle Lake, Vernonia, Waldport
DISTRICT 2, at Oakridge High Crow, Glendale, Gold Beach, Lowell, McKenzie, Mohawk, Myrtle Point, North Douglas/Yoncalla, Oakland, Oakridge, Reedsport, Riddle
DISTRICT 3, at North Lake Bonanza, Central Linn, Chiloquin, Culver, Gilchrist, Hosanna Christian, North Lake, Santiam
DISTRICT 4, at Crane Adrian, Crane, Elgin, Enterprise, Grant Union, Heppner/Ione, Imbler, Irrigon, Joseph, Pine Eagle, Union/Cove, Wallowa
CLASS 6A District 3, at Tualatin Saturday Results TEAM Sprague 310.5, NcNary 263.5, McMinnville 263.5, Tualatin 211,5, Newberg 199, North Salem 177.5, West Salem 177.5, West Salem 157.5, McKay 143, Tigard 106, South Salem 49. Championship Finals 106- Raymond Smith, North Salem, dec Jeff Whitaker, Tualatin, 5-0 113 - Kaleb Raber, Sprague, pinned Humberto Santana, McKay 3:40 120 - Louis Palos, McNary pinned Bryce Branson, McMinnville, 1:54 126 - Raul Villareal , South Salem, dec. Jose Franco, McKay, 2-0 132 - Jered Sublet, McMinnville dec John Whitaker, Tualatin 5-3 138 - Zach Zehner ,Sprague dec Tristen Snow Wes,t Salem 3-2 145 - Devin Reynolds, McNary pinned Mark Hall, Tigard 1:29 152 - JT Barnes, McMinnville dec Kris Bjornson, West Salem, 7-6 OT 160 - Grant Gerstner, McNary pinned Rob Phelps, McNary 1:39 170 - Tiger Paasch, McMinnville pinned Kage Wabaunsee, Tualatin 1:59 182 - Zach Hammerschmith, McNary pinned Darryn Anderson, McKay 1:51 195 - Cody Ratliff, McNary dec Jeremy Husted, McKay 6-4 220 - Mason Ross McNary pinned Kenny Walther, Tualatin 2:51 285 - Cody Summers, Tualatin dec Victor Ceja, Tigard 5-3 Third-Place Finals 106 - Johnny Guevara, North Salem dec Aspen Nelson, McMinnville 9-7 113 - Jeb Powell, West Salem pinned Tim Lane, Newberg 2:26 120 - Solomon Souza, McMinnville dec Garret Rider, Newberg 5-2 126 - Jake Vaughn, Sprague dec Manny Humlie, McMinnville 7-5 132 - Cliff Baxter, Sprague inj def Dreagn Bennett, Sprague 138 - Bobby Crowston, McMinnville pinned Collin Griffin, Sprague 5:23 145 - Justin Waldrop, North Salem maj dec Yasyf Sorensen, Sprague 23-11 152 - Zane Burgess, Newberg inj def Matthew McCarthy, Newberg 160 - Frank Giannone, Tualatin dec Andy Aldana, Sprague 9-4 170 - Kyle Williams, Sprague dec Kellen Poti, Tualatin 6-4 182 - Luke Goessens, Tualatin pinned Will Fox, Newberg 1:59 195 - Sam Hirons, North Salem dec Chris Cerda, McMinnville 8-3 220 - Sala Manu West, Salem pinned Alvaro Venegas, McNary 2:53 285 - Dakota Church, Newberg, dec Justin Jackson, Tigard 7-0
CLASS 5A District 4, at Churchill Saturday Finals TEAM Redmond 379, Eagle Point 297, Churchill 285, Mt. View 208, Marshfield 109.5, Summit 102, Willamette 91, Springfield 90, Ashland 78.5, Bend 75, North Eugene 16. Championship Finals 106 Derick Tollen, Churchill, dec. Tyler Campbell, Marshfield, 7-4 113 - JT Meyers, Mt. View, dec. Jorrin Ishihara, Churchill, 5-3 120 - Thaddeus Nelson, Marshfield, pinned Orlando DeLaCruz, Eagle Point, 4:00 126 - Kaleb Winebarger, Mt. View, dec. Brandon Short, Redmond, 4-2 132 - Max Thomas, Churchill, dec. Ty George, Redmond, 4-2 138 - Kyler Ayers, Mt. View, dec. Justin Kearney, Churchill, 2-1 145 - Chance Lindquist, Redmond, pinned Housten Ezell, Churchill, 1:06 152 - Sarek Sheilds, Redmond, dec. James McCoy, Eagle Point, 10-5 160 - Hunter Hoeptner, Eagle Point, dec. Tanner Barichio, Redmond, 3-2 170 - Joaquin Reyes, Summit, dec. Brock Lash, Redmond, 7-0 182 - Johnny Wilkerson, Eagle Point, dec. Gunnar Sigado, Redmond, 7-2 195 - Mason Montgomery, Ashland, pinned Zach Andruss, Redmond, 3:58 220 - Sumner Saulsbury, Redmond, won by default over Casey Gates, Redmond 285 - Will Dawson, Churchill, dec. Jacob Breitling, Redmond, 3-2 Third-Place Finals 106 – Austin Reed, Willamette pinned Zach Howe, Mt. View 5:35 113 – Gabe Blough, Churchill pinned Colton Love, Mt. View 120 – JT Pascual, Willamette dec Austin Rystedt, Redmond 6-1 126 – Eddie Perez, Eagle Point pinned Levi Pomeroy, Eagle Point :29 132 – Nico Spring, Bend dec Tracy Pitcher, Mt. View 5-3 126 - Eddie Perez, Eagle Point, pinned Levi Pomeroy, Eagle Point, :29 138 - Sherman Hammond, Eagle Point, dec. John Hickey, Redmond, 5-1 145 - Jacob Thompson, Summit, pinned Ethan Pomeroy, Eagle Point, 5:05 152 - Gavin Carroll, Churchill, dec. Thane Baumer, Eagle Point, 11-6 160 - Caleb Ash, Eagle Point, dec. DJ Ishihara, Churchill, 6-4 ot 170 – Gabe Brauchler, Redmond pinned Mitch Hindrum, Churchill :37 182 – Brennan Yates, Redmond dec Eddie Baitey, Springfield 7-6 195 - Austin Arthur, Summit dec Clemens Stahl, Churchill 7-2 220 – Dalton Pachano, North Eugene dec Trevor Roberts, Mt. View 285 – Zakery Jullian, Willamette dec Chad Bach, Mt. View 2-1
Wrestling's status as an Olympic sport should never have been in doubt
Feb. 12, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Talk about coming from out of left field.
The International Olympic Committee took the first step toward cutting wrestling out of the line-up for Summer Games starting in 2020, a move that was absolutely stunning to read about - just the headline - on Tuesday.
Wrestling may have been one of the original sports the Olympics were created around, but the modern keepers of the Games looked past that and voted to take it out regardless of its standing as a much-loved international sport.
The leaders of the sport at the international level, FILA, didn't seem to do much to stop it either, according to what's been written online.
The sport isn't going to stop being contested on the international level - there's going to be World Championships every year, but it's just not going to have the specific appeal it gets every four years. The IOC Executive Board, with its move, seemed to totally miss it's role in assisting non-TV-oriented sports with their popularity every four years.
Take soccer for example. Soccer has its own world celebration - every four years, too - called the World Cup. Soccer as a sport, has professionals worldwide and does just fine without the Olympics.
Basketball has pro leagues across the world and does just fine as a sport without the Olympics. Since professionals have been allowed in, it's essentially another opportunity to watch the All-Star game. Those sports, though, are television-oriented, money generating, so they're always going to be part of the Games. Wrestling, while it nearly sold out all of its tickets in London - more than 120,000 - during its run for Freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions, is not a highly revenue-generating sport on television, so it was on the block along with other sports such as the Modern Pentathlon and field hockey.
The Modern Pentathlon - is there anyone in Oregon who trains for that? Field Hockey - are there any teams in Oregon?
Wrestlng gets to show itself off every four years, much like figure skating or ski jumping do in the Winter Games. There are competitions yearly with World Championships, but the Olympics are the biggest thing in the wrestling world. The IOC looked right past that.
The sport is achieving great success in Oregon, and is growing more than any other sport - roughly 9 percent a year. Only girls cross country (7 percent) and girls track and field (6 percent) are growing among the state's high school sports. Baseball (13 percent) and softball (17 percent) are experiencing the biggest decline. Baseball and Softball are looking to join the Olympics roster in 2020.
For wrestling supporters in Oregon, who've seen programs get dropped at schools throughout the state to where there are just a handful left, it's another snub by the executive level, even though within the state it's highly successful. Oregon State is among the nation's top dual meet teams and is annually ranked in the top 25, while Clackamas Community College has won a national title recently. Half of OSU's team is from Oregon, something none of the other teams at the school can promote.
So, where's the reversal here?
Perhaps wrestling as a sport needs to create its own World Cup, a tournament conducted every four years and held in countries where there's significant interest and revenue available for such an event. The best way to get wrestling back into the Olympics is to have the IOC ask for the sport to come back, and that's going to take some effort at the top level of the sport, something it didn't seem to get recently.
There's a number of online petitions that have sprung up already, urging the U.S. Government for one to take some political action. The first thing the U.S. wrestling establishment should do is lobby to replace the executive level of the international governing body, which seems to have allowed the sport to get taken down without much of a fight, and that's not the way its competitors are raised to address competition.