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Timmons paces the rest of the Metro League€s<caron>'s best wrestlers

The Westview junior aims for even more at the state tourney


by: MILES VANCE - BACK TO STATE - Westview junior Joel Timmons grapples with Hillsboro's Matt Peterson during his win at 106 pounds on Saturday at Westview High School.

ROCK CREEK — While Aloha was crowned team champion at the Special District 1 regional tournament, the rest of the Metro League represented well.

Last Friday and Saturday at Westview High School, the Wildcats crowned one district champion, Beaverton had two wrestlers reach championship matches and Southridge and Sunset each had four wrestlers qualify for state. The state meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

The lone non-Aloha wrestler to win a district title was Westview junior Joel Timmons, who defeated Matt Peterson of Hillsboro High School 8-5 in the 106-pound championship match. It was the third straight district title for Timmons, who finished fourth at state as a freshman and fifth last year.

“It feels good, it’s just another one,” Timmons said. “I’m ready to get a state championship next week.”

Timmons kicked off the tournament with a quick pin of Southridge’s David Camacho. He then defeated Hillsboro’s Riggo Saenz 9-5 in the quarterfinals before winning by way of a technical fall in a semifinal match-up with five-seed Christian Guerra of Forest Grove. In the championship match, Timmons entered the third period with a slim 6-5 lead, but was able to hold on for the victory.

“I felt pretty good about it,” Timmons said. “I felt in control, but [Peterson] kind of knew what was coming with my single. He was really avoiding that, which was a little frustrating, but other than that I felt pretty good about it.”

Also qualifying for state for Westview was junior Justin Parson, who finished fourth at 126 pounds.

Southridge was the highest non-Aloha team finisher from the Metro League, coming in at sixth with 149 points. The Skyhawks were led by second-place finishers Nicholas Piwonka, a sophomore, and Matthew McCrae, a senior.

McCrae, the top-seed in the 170-pound weight class, cruised to the finals by pinning two opponents and defeating another 12-1. He lost 12-6 to two-seed Michael Schrader of Glencoe in the championship match.

Piwonka, the four-seed in the 145-pound bracket, upset top-seed Justin Wakem of Beaverton in the semifinals before losing 9-4 to three-seed Alex Hada of Hillsboro.

“I knew I had the first seed in my semifinal match, and I hadn’t wrestled him before so I knew I had to come out and win that,” Piwonka said. “It was just a little different in the finals. If it went a little different way I could have won it, but I’m satisfied with second.”

Senior Ben Young, third at 170, and junior Travis Johnson, fourth at 220, also nabbed state bids for Southridge.

Sunset, which finished seventh with 143.5 points, was led by sophomore Spencer Stokes’ second-place finish in the 138-pound weight class. Stokes, the two-seed, lost 6-4 to top-seed Alex Harnsberger of Hillsboro in the championship match.by: CHASE ALLGOOD - CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Sunset's Spencer Stokes battles Hillsboro's Matt Harnsberger at 138 pounds on Saturday night at Westview.

Joining Stokes at state for the Apollos will be junior Nathan Burnett, who finished third at 160 pounds, sophomore Angel Barranco, fourth at 132, and senior Jason Allgower, fourth at 170.

Beaverton finished eighth with 114 points — just ahead of ninth-place Westview (94.5 points) — and will send two second-place finishers to state: junior Jeremy Olsen (126 pounds) and sophomore Anibal Gonzalez (220).

Gonzalez’s run to the finals was particularly impressive considering he was seeded sixth and needed overtime victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals to get there. In the championship match, Gonzalez lost 2-1 in three overtimes to top-seed Aaron Beadle of Century.

“I didn’t come [to districts] last year, so making it this far is a big achievement for me,” Gonzalez said. “I’m hoping I get to face [Beadle] in state and show him what I really can do. Now he knows I’m not easy.”

The Class 6A state tournament begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Session II is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Session III to follow at 6:30 p.m.



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