By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Bulldogs second after first day, Mac sixth

PORTLAND — Day one of the OSAA State Wrestling Championships is in the books, and McMinnville, Willamina and Dayton have the majority of their wrestlers still competing.

The Grizzlies moved four wrestlers into the semifinals, which begin this morning at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Bryce Branson (120 pounds), Jared Sublet (132), J.T. Barnes (152) and Tiger Paasch (170) all won two matches Friday to guarantee themselves at least sixth place in the 6A championships.

At 106 pounds, Aspen Nelson lost his first match but rebounded to win his next. He then lost in the consolation second round and was eliminated. Bobby Crowston won his first match but lost in the quarterfinals at 138. Crowston was eliminated in his first consolation match 8-0.

Solomon Souza (120), Manny Humlie (126) and Chris Cerda (195) all lost their first two matches of the tournament and were eliminated.

The Grizzlies were in sixth place at the end of day one.

In the 3A field, Willamina is in second place with six wrestlers in semifinal matches. Michael Reyes (113), Skyler Voigt (120), Coty Brown (126), Edwin Villalobos (145), Trevor Hunt (160) and Tommy Cobb (285), will all wrestle this morning to try and earn a berth in the championship final.

Willamina has 12 of its 14 wrestlers still alive. Jordan Combs lost his first match at 106 but rebounded with a 15-4 win in the consolation first round to stay alive. Keegan Davis lost his first match at 132 but also won his first consolation match to move on to the second day. David Bridges lost his first-round match at 152, then won 6-2 in the consolation rounds to move on.

Mykal Stewart and Jacob Ward both went 2-1 Friday and need one more win each to guarantee a spot on the podium. Travis Garza (138) and Austin Howard (145) both went 0-2 and were eliminated.

Dayton has Adan Gutierrez (120) and Micah Cisneros (138) wrestling in semifinals this morning. Michael Gentry and Cade Stahl are still alive, but David Cervantes, Jake Brown and Jarred Montgomery are all out for the Pirates. Montgomery forfeited his first two matches.

Sebastian Bateman and Andres Gonzalez both went 1-1 Friday and wrestle in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday morning.

Sheridan’s Justin Acuff won his two matches Friday to also qualify for the semifinal round at 132 pounds.

The Amity wrestling team still has one of its two athletes left. Jake Markee at 220 pounds lost his first-round match but recovered with a pin in the consolation bracket to stay alive in the tournament. Amity’s Aaron Campbell lost both of his matches and was eliminated.

In the 4A championships, Yamhill-Carlton’s three wrestlers are out. Stefan Maxwell and Dakotah Olson both went 0-2. Cesar Meza won his first match but lost two in a row to be eliminated.

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