By News-Register staff • 

Trio of Tigers to compete at state wrestling tourney

ELMIRA – Bruised, but not beaten, Cole Facchini and Orrin Ouska rose to the occasion of the Class 4A Special District 2 Wrestling Championships this weekend.

Facchini, Ouska and Yamhill-Carlton wrestler Derek Blake will represent the Tigers at the 2016 OSAA Class 4A State Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 26-27 at Veterans Memorial Colisum in Portland. All three qualified with placements at the SD2 championships, held Friday and Saturday at Elmira High School.

Ouska, the lone Yamhill-Carlton wrestler to qualify for 4A state in 2015, returns this weekend after placing third at 126 pounds. The senior, who went 4-1 in competition, had missed a month with a concussion and had completed a single practice before entering the district tournament, according to Tigers head coach Jeramie Facchini.

“If Orrin had been practicing for four and a half weeks, I don’t think he would have lost at that tournament,” Facchini said.

Blake went 3-1 in contested matches at 113 pounds, claiming a 9-5 decision over Stayton’s Ryan Ninman for third place in his weight class.

Cole Facchini, son of the head coach, missed much of the 2015-16 season with two broken ribs but qualified for the state championships in the 170-pound bracket. Facchini went 3-2 with two victories by fall to claim fifth place in that division.

Sophomore Zach Culver won two matches by fall in a 3-3 performance at districts, finishing sixth in the 160-pound bracket.

Also competing for Yamhill-Carlton were Ethan Cline (113 pounds), Jesse Spence (126 pounds), Nathan Payne (132 pounds), Owen Amerson (138 pounds), Blayne Stone (138 pounds), Tabor Magnuson (145 pounds), Luke Nauman (145 pounds), Indiana Olson (152 pounds), Colton Saddoris (160 pounds), Jacob Barker (170 pounds), Chris Martinez (195 pounds), Brenton Lewis (220 pounds) and Dakota Carlgren (285 pounds).

The Tigers scored 76 points as a team, good for ninth place in the 12-team tournament. Sweet Home won the district championship with 376 points, followed by North Marion (304), Cascade (249) and host Elmira (183.5).

“I’m proud of every one of our kids,” Jeramie Facchini said. “They wrestled hard in there.

“We tripled what we did last year. Next year, hopefully, we’ll triple that again.”