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Six-win streak lifts Apollos past Wildcats in Metro action

Sunset builds up an insurmountable lead against Westview last week


by: MILES VANCE - SQUEEZE PLAY - Sunset's Jason Allgower wraps up Westview's Riley Faulkner during Allgower's 12-3 win at 170 pounds last week.

ROCK CREEK — Last week’s Sunset-at-Westview wrestling match just about had it all.

A rivalry between two schools separated by just 3.2 miles of the Sunset Highway. A match-up featuring two schools fighting to clamber up the Metro League standings. And a battle that featured as many ups and downs as a big-time roller coaster.

In the end, Sunset used a six-match winning streak between 132 and 170 pounds to fuel their eventual victory, a 37-33 win at Westview High School on Jan. 17. That result lifted Sunset’s regional record to 2-4, while the Wildcats fell to 1-5.

“We’re their rivals,” said Sunset junior Grant Bingham, a winner by fall at 106 pounds. “We wanted to start off strong so we could win at the end no matter what.”

“It’s a big rivalry. We definitely thought that we could have won it,” said Westview junior Joel Timmons, who posted a technical fall victory at 113 pounds. But “there were a few of those matches that were pivotal. If we could have won them, we would have won the dual.”by: MILES VANCE - IN COMMAND - Westview junior Joel Timmons puts the squeeze on Sunset's Hayden Stockwell during his win at 113 pounds last week. Timmons notched an 18-1 technical fall win during Sunset's victory at Westview High School.

“Some of our guys were psyched out for tonight because we thought we had it, they thought they were going to win,” added Westview sophomore Andy Schubert, a winner at 182 pounds. “They weren’t really mentally prepared and it cost them.”

The two teams opened the night by splitting the first four weight classes, with Bingham pinning Kiel Resnick in the first round at 106, Timmons following with an 18-1 victory over Hayden Stockwell at 113, Sunset’s Luke Batten taking a forfeit at 120, and Westview’s Daniel Kamin posting a 12-4 major decision over Rushil Voia at 126 that left Sunset with a 12-9 lead.

The Apollos took over there, though, won the next six straight weights, and in the process, the match. That stretch started when Quin Bingham edged past Justin Parsons 8-5 at 132 pounds, continued with Matthew Vanbrabant’s 7-0 decision over Duncan Snowhill at 138, then with Spencer Stokes’ three-second pin of Matthew Arellano at 145 to extend the Apollos’ lead to 24-9.

Logan Lachenmeier came through next to beat Kurt Ward 8-4 at 152 pounds, Nathan Burnett stepped up at 160 to pin David Yancey four seconds before the end of the first round, and Jason Allgower capped that run when he posted a 12-3 major decision over Riley Faulkner at 170.

Together, they pushed Sunset’s lead to an insurmountable 37-9 margin with four weights remaining.

Allgower said that his first meeting with Faulkner was a challenge.

“It was different not knowing what he was going to do, how strong he was,” Allgower said. “But you just have to go out there with the mindset ‘I’m going to beat this guy no matter what.’”

While the match was secure at that point, there was no quit in the Wildcats. Westview closed the night with three pins and a forfeit, getting a second-round stop by Schubert of Ellis Parr at 182 pounds, Daniel Burrill followed with a first-round pin of Kincaid Crile at 195, Eli Hirning won a forfeit at 220, and Noah Spencer closed out the evening with a second-round pin of Mark Swigart at 285.

“I had a pre-game plan and I just did what was in my head, just tried to fight for my team and came up with a victory,” Schubert said. “My coach told me just to go out there and stay relaxed, stick with my plan and stay calm.”

In upcoming matches, Sunset wrestled at Hillsboro yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times’ press deadline, while Westview wrestles at Aloha at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday). On Saturday, Westview wrestles in the Hood River Tournament, while Sunset competes in the South Albany Tournament.

To see a complete photo gallery from this match, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.



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