Thurston girls turn frowns upside down with title

Lack of individual champion doesn't overcome a team championship
By Abby Emrich, Oregonsports Writer

PORTLAND - On the final day of the OSAA State Wrestling Tournament, Thurston High School’s girls had a bittersweet victory. 

 Individually, the Colts did not have a champion. But, they did enough before Saturday night's finals to secure the school's first team title in girls wrestling, edging Bend 72-66.

Thurston moved up from sixth last year.

“Our one disappointment is not having a champion,” Thurston coach Bob Simons said. "But the title, that's huge."

Kaylee Annis lost to Century’s Nimo Sheikh at 105 pounds, 4-3. Cailee Hallett lost to Century’s Tyler Rabang at 120, 15-2. And Lindsay Burrell fell to Mountain View’s Taylor Ohlson, 3-1, at 135 pounds.

With three in the finals, and winning 7 out of 8 matches, the outcome of the Thurston girls matches were a surprise to many. That lead going into Saturday night is what saved the Colts.



Oregon wrestling revolves in big way

Only Crescent Valley repeats as state team champion
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Newberg, La Grande, Burns and Reedsport all added new chapters to their wrestling programs by winning state titles at the OSAA State Wrestling championships Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

In Reedsport's case, it came down to one win in a title match to end Culver's six-year run as champion at the Class 2A level and become champion for the first time since 1967. La Grande needed the same result at 4A - a win in its final title match to beat last year's champion Sweet Home - and win its first title since 1996.

Newberg (2009) and Burns (2011) both had to go back a decade or more for their last championship.

Crescent Valley flew through the 5A championships after getting a strong challenge from Crook County through the quarterfinals.

Thurston won the girls tournament for the first time.

Since the state went to five state wrestling classifications in 2006, only once before had as many as four champions changed from one year to the next - in 2013, when all five champions failed to repeat. What made this year so different, though, is that La Grande, Burns nor Reedsport had finished as high as second in 2019. In Reedsport's case, it was eighth last year.


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.



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.



6A - Roseburg (6 straight)

5A - Crescent Valley

4A - Tillamook

3A - La Pine

2A - Culver (6)

GIRLS - Hood River Valley


Class of 1963 still rates as state's best

Four of the state champion wrestlers went on to international glory
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

There are few years - in any state - when a group of high school wrestling champions go on to future greatness at the national and international level more than Oregon saw in 1963.

This year marks the 57th anniversary of a group that included two future World Champions, and three future Olympians - one of whom played in the NFL for a season.

And, the year also included the first cultural exchange team from the state to go abroad - to Japan for a monthlong tour.

Rick Sanders, then a senior at Lincoln, Henk Schenk, then a senior at Silverton, Fred Fozzard, a junior at Marshall, and Jess Lewis, a sophomore at Cascade all won titles in 1963.

All would go on to national and then international success on the mat, and on the football field with Lewis’ career at Oregon State and into the NFL.


Roseburg leads repeat champions

indians take fifth title along with Culver at wrestling finals
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The state rankings might have had Roseburg's wrestling program ranked third going into the state tournament this weekend, but with 22 qualifiers the Indians largely just needed to perform to their individual seedings and they would likely win their fifth consecutive Class 6A title. And, they did.

Roseburg outdueled Newberg, Sprague and David Douglas to win its fifth consecutive title before the annual cheering crowd that shows up for the state's five divisions and the newly introduced girls tournament. Roseburg finished with 252 points to Newberg's 223.5, with Sprague coming in at 192 and David Douglas at 161. The Indians have won 10 titles in the past 12 years.

Culver matched Roseburg's five consecutive titles with a decisive win at the Class 2A level, nearly doubling second-place Central Linn's results, 201.5-104.

In the other three classes, last year's runner-ups all improved and won team titles: Dallas at 5A, Crook County at 4A and Willamina/Falls City at 3A.

The title for Willamina/Falls City was the program's first, while Dallas won it's second having won previously in 2012.

Crook County has won five of the past six 4A titles.


Wrestlers hit big stage

Five classes move toward state titles
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.


Wrestling begins state drive

Roseburg leads ranks for defending champions
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The excitement of following a doube-elimination bracket took over the state Friday as district meets for high school wrestling began with the end result being Memorial Coliseum in two weeks.

Four district representatives at 13 weights, plus exhibition qualifiers for 10 girls brackets, qualified for the state championships this weekend, heading for Portland Feb. 16-17.

And Roseburg didn't disappoint, scoring an amazing 526.5 points to win the Southern Oregon Conference title. The Indians are four-time state champions and a heavy favorite to win a fifth.

Sprague won the Valley League with Newberg won the Three Rivers League title with463.5 points, while Sprague followed close behind with 459.5 points to win the Valley League.

Crater at 5A, Sweet Home at 4A, Nyssa at Class 3A and Culver at Class 2A, are the defending state champions.


1. Cleveland 355.5; 2. Franklin 257.0; 3. Jefferson 175.0. ALSO: Benson 167, Lincoln 165, Madison 163.0, Wilson 158.0, Grant 100.0, Roosevelt 89.0.

1. Aloha 328.5; 2. Century 272.5; 3. Westview 232.5. ALSO: Beaverton 162.5, Liberty 153.5, Glencoe 137.0, Mountainside 105.0, Sunset 102.5, Southridge 89.0.

1. David Douglas 409.5; 2. Oregon City 304.0; 3. Barlow 237.0. ALSO: Centennial 219.5, Clackamas 207.0, Gresham 134.0, Reynolds 116.0.

1. Newberg 463.5; 2. West Linn 228.5; 3. Sherwood 221.5. ALSO: Tualatin 188.5, Canby 173.5, Tigard 171.0, Lakeridge 93.5, Lake Oswegon 59.0.

1. Sprague 459.5; 2. West Albany 229.0; 3. McNary 211.5. ALSO: McMinnville 203.0, Forest Grove 179.0, North Salem 163.0, West Salem 149.0, McKay 104.0, South Salem 103.0.

1. Roseburg 526.5; 2. North Medford 326.5; 3. Grants Pass 268.5. ALSO: South Medford 168.5, Sheldon 103.5, Willamette 25, South Eugene.


Roseburg keeps rolling

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.




Wrestling begins to heat up

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.



Who'll be smiling this year?

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.


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