Local teams sending 45 wrestlers to state
The Willamina wrestling team dominated the 3A District 2 tournament Friday and Saturday at Jefferson, with 330 team points and qualified 14 athletes for the 3A state tournament. Dayton was second with 215.5 points. The Pirates qualified nine wrestlers for state. Amity was able to get two qualifiers, and Sheridan’s Justin Acuff was the lone Spartan to qualify.
The Yamhill-Carlton wrestling team competed in its regionals over the weekend and qualified three wrestlers for the 4A state championships. McMinnville, which finished third in its regional tournament Feb. 8-9, qualified nine. Including the six wrestlers Newberg has wrestling at state, the total number of athletes from Yamhill-County that will wrestle this weekend at state is 45.
State brackets were released Monday morning and can be found at osaa.org/wrestling.
The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday, with wrestling going from 8:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wrestling starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the finals begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.
3A Special District 2
The Bulldogs brought 20 of their best wrestlers to districts, and when the tournament was over, 18 of the 20 had placed in the top four. Of those, 11 wound up in finals matches, and the Bulldogs won seven individual championships.
“It was one of our best district tournaments in as long as I can remember,” Willamina coach Ariah Fasana said. “There were a few close heartbreakers we lost, as there always is, but the boys really competed well and showed their dominance over the competition.”
Ariah said last week Willamina had a grueling regular season schedule that resulted in wrestlers getting hurt among a number of other health issues.
“Our schedule was so tough this season,” Fasana said. “The district tournament was truly one of our easiest weekends. They are now prepping to peak one last time at the state championships next weekend.”
Trevor Hunt was selected by district coaches as the Wrestler of he Year for the upper weights. Fasana said it was Hunts’ leadership that helped get Willamina so many individuals to state.
“Trevor said ‘hard work pays off’ after the win,” Fasana said. “What he said really hit the point. He has truly led by example this past year.”
Hunt competed in the 160-pound weight class and faced Dayton’s Cade Stahl in the finals. Hunt pinned Stahl in 52 seconds.
Willamina’s Edwin Villalobos also scored a big 4-0 decision win over Josh Hendrickson of Harrisburg at 145 in the finals.
It was crucial win for Villalobos after being a second-place finisher the past two years at districts.
“It feels great,” Villalobos said. “Finally got a district title. Feels really good.”
Jordan Combs led off Willamina’s finals round with a 10-7 decision vs. Harrisburg’s Justin Davidson at 106. Michael Reyes followed Combs’ win with a 10-4 decision over Mateo Blass of Pleasant Hill at 113.
“(Reyes) has been a huge surprise for us this year,” Fasana said. “He’s really stepped up as freshman, opened a lot of eyes, and has gained a lot of trust. He’s been big all year.”
Dayton 120-pounder Adan Gutierrez defeated Willamina’s Skyler Voigt in the finals 9-7, giving the Pirates their first individual title Saturday.
Coty Brown earned another win for Willamina at 126, defeating Dayton’s Michael Gentry 10-6.
Sheridan had its lone qualifier — sophomore Justin Acuff — finish out an impressive regular season with a 17-3 win vs. Willamina’s Keegan Davis in the finals at 132. Acuff won the 3A state championship last year at 120 pounds.
Dayton’s Micah Cisneros qualified for the state tournament again with a 6-4, overtime win vs. Willamina’s Travis Garza in the 138 finals, and Tyson Jahn was pinned in the second period of the 152 finals by Santiam Christian’s Tanner Butler.
Mykal Stewart pinned Michael Armour of Santiam Christian in 47 seconds to win the championship at 170.
Tyler Heidt finished second for the Bulldogs at 182.
The rivalry between Dayton and Willamina ended at the final weight class of 285. Tommy Cobb of the Bulldogs took on Andres Gonzales for the Pirates. Cobb pinned Gonzales in 3:28.
The final tally of qualifiers is as follows:
- Amity: Sophomore Jake Markee, 220 pounds; senior Aaron Campbell, 285 pounds.
- Dayton: Freshman David Cervantes, 106 pounds; Sophomore Jake Brown, 113 pounds; Junior Adan Gutierrez, 120 pounds; Senior Michael Gentry, 126 pounds; Junior Micah Cisneros, 138 pounds; Junior Cade Stahl, 160 pounds; Junior Jarred Montgomery, 182 pounds; Senior Sebastian Bateman, 195 pounds; Freshman Andres Gonzalez, 285 pounds.
- Sheridan: Sophomore Justin Acuff, 132 pounds.
- Willamina: Sophomore Jordan Combs, 106 pounds; Freshman Michael Reyes, 113 pounds; junior Skyler Voigt, 120 pounds; Junior Coty Brown, 126 pounds; Sophomore Keegan Davis, 132 pounds; Senior Travis Garza, 138 pounds; Freshman Austin Howard, 145 pounds; Senior Edwin Villalobos, 145 pounds; Senior Tyson Jahn 152 pounds; Senior Jacob Ward, 152 pounds; Senior Trevor Hunt, 160 pounds; Junior Mykal Stewart, 170 pounds; Junior Tyler Heidt, 182 pounds; Senior Tommy Cobb, 285 pounds.
Notes: Jake Brown of Dayton (3rd) pinned Nathan Johnson (4th) of Willamina in 3:35 at 113; James Fahring (3rd) of Pleasant Hill pinned Doug Steere in 5:03 at 132; Willamina’s Austin Howard (3rd) beat Sheridan’s Sean Button (4th) by a 13-5 decision at 145. Willamina’s Travis Kurz (145) finished sixth, and Elijah Holt finished fourth at 160. … Amity finished seventh with 59 points, and Sheridan finished eighth with 51.5 points.
The Yamhill-Carlton wrestling team qualified three wrestlers for the 4A state championship tournament.
Senior Stefan Maxwell is unseeded at 138 pounds, and will wrestle No. 3-seeded Tee Nguyen of Klamath Union in the first round.
Senior Dakotah Olson is also unseeded at 195 pounds. His first opponent is the bracket’s No. 1 seed — Wade Paulus of Sweet Home.
Senior Cesar Meza qualified for state at 220 pounds. He wrestles Sterling Westfall of Klamath Union in the first round.
Grizzlies set up well
Two weeks ago McMinnville coach Shawn Keinonen said he thought the nine wrestlers the Grizzlies qualified for state would have a good chance of scoring enough team points to win a trophy. After looking at the draws, which were released Monday morning, he could be right.
Mac wrestlers earned three seeds, and there are very few bad first-round matchups for the Grizzlies. Jared Sublet, who finished third last year at the state championships, is the No. 1-seeded wrestler at 132 pounds. J.T. Barnes is the second seed at 152, and Tiger Paasch is the No. 3-seeded wrestler at 170 pounds.
Aspen Nelson wrestles the No. 2-seeded wrestler at 106 in the first round. At 120, Solomon Souza wrestles Johnny Nguyen of Clackamas in the first round. Bryce Branson wrestles Brennan Baccay of Century, also at 120.
Manny Humlie is matched up with the No. 4-seeded Amari Sengsavanh at 126, and freshman Bobby Crowston will wrestle Tommy Winningham of Crater in the first round at 138.
Chris Cereda will wrestle No. 3-seeded Teran Reedy of Roseburg at 195 pounds.
Look for a full preview of the Oregon State High School Wrestling Championships in Friday’s paper.