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Roseburg has its back to the wall

Newberg has a significant challenge to win Class 6A, Crescent Valley and Crook County battle at 5A
By Cliff Pfenning

The first day of the OSAA State Wresting Tournament produced what any fan hoping for drama would have been hoping for - lots of drama.

Not only did Newberg move toward upending Roseburg's run of six-straight Class 6A titles, but the Class 5A race again took shape for Crescent Valley and Crook County to battle down to every consolation match and major decision team points at Memorial Coliseum.

Newberg, aiming for its first title since 2009, led Roseburg 175.5-170.5 after Friday's opening rounds with the Indians gunning for their seventh-straight title. Newberg has finished second the past two years.

Crescent Valley led Crook County just 130-125.5 heading into Saturday's matches, that feature the semifinals at midday and finals beginning at 7 p.m.

Culver looked like it's ready to win title No. 7 at Class 2A, and Sweet Home appears settled into defending it's 4A title.

At 3A, though, Burns looks ready to win its first title in 10 years. The Hilanders owned the Class 3A ranks - even before the state moved to five wrestling classifications, for most of the start of the century, then totally fell off the top of the podium starting after its 2011 title. 

Thurston looks ready to win the girls title following Hood River Valley from last year.

 

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Is Newberg ready to take down Roseburg?

How about Culver winning again?

And Crook County? Sweet Home?

There's a familiar storyline going into the OSAA State Wrestling Championships set for Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, but the top one appears at the Class 6A level where Roseburg has dominated for more than a decade.

Since 2007, Roseburg has won all but two titles, including the past six. The Indians missed a title in 2011, and one in 2009. Newberg, which won the 2009 title, finished second the past two years - and by just seven points last year.

That's one of the top stories entering the weekend.

Culver will be looking to win its seventh consecutive title.

Crook County once dominated the Class 4A ranks, but moved to 5A last year and missed a sixth title in seven years by just 1.5 points. Two years priot, the Cowboys missed a fifth consecutive title by just one point to Sweet Home at the 4A ranks.

Sweet Home qualified the most competitors for the meet with 23 at 4A and will be the favorite there, while Glide and Nyssa return to their favorite roles at 3A, looking to unseat La Pine.

Hood River Valley returns as the defending champion in the girls meet.

 

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

6A - Roseburg (6 straight)

5A - Crescent Valley

4A - Tillamook

3A - La Pine

2A - Culver (6)

GIRLS - Hood River Valley

 

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