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Aloha to pace Metro teams in District 1

But there are strong individuals throughout the Beaverton teams


West was best in Special District 1 wrestling last year, and there’s likely to be more of the same in 2012-13.

Hillsboro, Glencoe, Aloha and Century — four of the western-most teams in the region — placed 1-4 at last year’s regional tournament, and all four should be back in the mix for top honors again this time around.

by: MILES VANCE - SENIOR SEASON - Aloha senior 285-pounder Michael Kluge is the Metro League's top returning wrestler after finishing fourth at the Class 6A state tournament in 2012.

“I think, between Hillsboro, Century, Glencoe and Aloha, it should be a real rat race,” said Southridge coach Erik Reinholt.

“I feel as though Hilhi should be considered the favorite to win our region,” said Sunset coach James Moore. “They have terrific depth that I feel like most the teams in our league will have difficulty matching. (But) Glencoe and Century, along with Aloha, have the potential to give Hillsboro some competition at the top of our region.”

“Hillsboro is always the measuring stick,” agreed Aloha coach Stuart Kearsley. “They’ve got a good varsity and they’re tough at the JV level too. I think that Glencoe is right there, and the team that will sneak up on some people is Century.”

Following are previews of the Metro League’s five varsity wrestling teams.

ALOHA

ALOHA — It ain’t about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

And even better, where you finish.

The Aloha wrestling team knows that as well as anyone, and hopes to finish very well again in 2012-13.

“Once we get everybody down to weight in January, we should be pretty good,” said Aloha coach Stuart Kearsley. “We’re preaching to them all the time that we want to be at our best in December, then at our best in January and then in February. That’s where we want to peak.”

This year’s Aloha team features three returning regional champions in senior Joey Williams (he’ll wrestle this year at 160 pounds), senior Johnny Krahel (170) and senior Michael Kluge (285), and a handful of other potential finalists in junior Casey Wight (120), sophomore Ryan Schwartz (138), senior Devin Lenzi (132), junior Maurice McSwain (160) and senior Ryan Papenfuhs (220). Kluge was Aloha’s best finisher at state last year, placing fourth at 285.

“Those are the guys who are wrestling real well and have the most experience,” Kearsley said.

Also due for varsity time this year are sophomore Omar Murphy and freshman Alex Ashbrook at 106, junior Austin Lawrence at 113, senior Cesar Gonzalez at 120, sophomore Allen David and freshman Trey Nicholson at 126, freshman Tony Alvarez at 132, junior Brian White at 138, juniors Andrew Bumanlag and Louis Sandoval at 152, junior Concepcion Rodelo at 182, senior Grant Meyer and junior Joe Kovachevich at 195, senior Brwa Koshnaw at 220, and freshman Cortez Rodelo at 285.

“When we roll into regionals, I think we’ll have as good a chance as anybody,” Kearsley said.

BEAVERTON

BEAVERTON — There are more questions than answers right now at Beaverton, where the Beavers welcome a new head coach into the fold in hopes of improving on last year’s fifth-place finish in the Metro League.

That said, Beaverton thinks it may have some very good answers before the 2012-13 season reaches its end.

This year’s Beaver crew will be led by new coach Brian Sullivan, who returns to Metro wrestling five years after resigning at Sunset to coach the Apollo baseball team. During his time at Sunset, Sullivan led the Apollos to the first (and only) district title in school history.

“I’m excited to be back in the league,” Sullivan said. This year, “we are hoping to finish in the middle of the pack at regionals, (but) we need to get our numbers up to get to the upper echelon.”

This year, Beaverton will be led by junior Justin Wakem at 145 pounds (he was second at regionals a year ago), along with senior Bailey Berg at 138, junior Jeremy Olson at 120/126, and junior Torben Billow at 132.

Wakem “is excellent on his feet and has a good work ethic,” Sullivan said, adding that Berg is a “solid wrestler and one of our team leaders. He rarely makes mistakes and goes at you for six minutes,” while Olsen is “pound for pound, one of our strongest wrestlers.”

The rest of the varsity lineup will likely include Cary Flannigan and Erick Narvarijo at 106, Muhammad Abdi at 126, senior Derek Hires at 132, Angelica Alvarez and sophomore Chris Sigler at 138, Christian Shelton and Brayan Gonzalez at 145, sophomore Stephan Marcille, Leon Mosley and Torry Coleman at 152, Gordon Smith and Isai Cruz at 160, Ryan Hill and sophomore Robbie Valentine at 170, sophomore Gus Vranizan at 182, senior Isiah McGatha at 195, sophomore Ryland Boyer and Anibal Gonzalez at 220, and senior John O’Reilly at 285.

SOUTHRIDGE

BEAVERTON — The Southridge wrestling team finds itself in an unusual position at the start of the 2012-13 season — extremely young and short on numbers.

Despite that, the Skyhawks believe they’ll be able to hold their own, and indeed, may step up and surprise some people this year.

“We’re super young this year, but I think we’ll be OK,” said Southridge coach Erik Reinholt. “Our kids wrestle super aggressive and I think we can compete with almost everyone.”

This year, the Skyhawks will be led by a trio of senior captains in Matt McRae at 182 pounds, Collin Pautz at 138 and Ben Young at 170. McRae is the team’s lone returning state tournament performer after finishing third at regionals in 2012, while Young returns to the lineup after missing the past two seasons with a back injury.

McRae is a “very tough wrestler who’s been providing a ton of leadership in the wrestling room,” Reinholt said, adding that he expects Young will be very competitive this year despite those two seasons away from competition.

Other team leaders will be sophomore Ryan Maza at 145, sophomore Nicholas Piwonka at 152 and junior Travis Johnson at 220.

The rest of this year’s lineup will likely include sophomore Caleb Johnen at 106, sophomore Calvin McAnulty at 113, freshman Jack Chimenti at 120, sophomore Brendan Amesbury at 126, junior Kyle Koch at 132, junior Emery Shandil at 138, senior Austin Marlow at 160, sophomore Joseph McRae at 170, junior Nathan Buell at 195, and freshman Joseph Rutheford at 285.

SUNSET

CEDAR MILL — The Sunset wrestling team knows it may be a dark horse this year, but the Apollos think they have the right stuff.

“For us to finish in the top half of our region, we are going to need two things to happen,” said Sunset coach James Moore. “First of all, our more experienced wrestlers are going to need to consistently win matches regardless of the competition. The second thing that needs to happen is we are going to need some drastic improvement for our younger and new wresters.”

Still, the Apollos do have some sure things in their lineup, this year’s team led by junior Luke Batten at 126 pounds, junior Nathan Burnett at 160, sophomore Spencer Stokes at 145, and junior Grant Bingham at 113. Each, Moore believes, has the skills to go a very long way in 2012-13.

“Both Luke and Nathan ... have the potential to be regional champions and state placers. Luke is very good on his feet while Nathan’s best position is on the mat,” Moore said, adding that Stokes “is a very athletic and explosive wrestler ... who has a good chance of placing in this year’s state tournament.”

The rest of this year’s lineup will likely include freshman Cole Batten at 106, sophomore Hayden Stockwell at 120, sophomore Rushil Vora at 132, sophomore Quin Bingham at 138, sophomore Angel Barranco at 152, sophomore Guy Denognon at 170, senior Jason Allgower at 182, sophomore Kincaid Crile at 195, junior Alex Betancourt at 220, and senior Mark Swigart at 285.

For the veterans, “the only question is if they are going to take the steps necessary to prepare themselves both physically and mentally to win the matches that our team needs them to win,” Moore said, adding that his team’s younger wrestlers “are going to need to contribute if we are to achieve our goals.”

WESTVIEW

ROCK CREEK — Westview was right there in 2011-12, battling Aloha for the best record among the Metro League’s five wrestling teams.by: MILES VANCE - TO THE BIG-TIME - Westview junior Joel Timmons is back to chase after a third straight state-tournament berth and - he hopes - a shot at a Class 6A state championship.

The Wildcats would like to make 2012-13 just as good, but know they’ve got some work ahead of them for that to happen, especially with a roster that features just one senior.

“We have a very young squad (with) only one senior in the varsity lineup,” said Westview coach Michael Delaney. But “we are excited about the potential of this group over the course of the year and into the future.”

As well they should be, because this year’s varsity crew features one of the Metro’s best returning wrestlers in junior Joel Timmons, a two-time regional champion who went on to place fifth at last year’s Class 6A state tournament after placing fourth the year before.

Timmons, along with junior Justin Parsons at 132 pounds and sophomore Noah Spencer at 285, are the core of this year’s team leaders.

“Joel is the most committed wrestler we have had at Westview,” Delaney said. “He puts in a lot of time year around to improve.”

The rest of this year’s lineup will likely include Kyle Resnick at 106 pounds, Daniel Kamin at 126, Gabriel Gonzales at 132, junior Duncan Snowhill at 145, Matt Arellano at 152, Kurt Ward at 160, David Yancey at 170, Sam Murkhin at 182, senior Daniel Burrill at 195 and Eli Herning at 220.




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