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Westview wrestling keeps on winning

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westview 160-pound wrestler Keivon Behbehani-Escobar took a come-from-behind win over Beaverton on Thursday for the decision victory.

Another week, another productive win for the Westview wrestling team.

Continuing to show the rest of the Metro League their dual-meet victory over Aloha two weeks ago was no fluke, the Wildcats took care of Beaverton in businesslike fashion on Thursday, beating the Beavers, 48-17, to run their Metro record to 2-1.

The Wildcats are sure getting used to this whole “winning” concept. In fact, rather than hope for favorable results, Westview’s starting to demand them. Absent are the long stares and exasperated body language from a year ago and even two years ago. The Wildcats confidently strut into opposing gyms as the hunter, not the hunted, with chests puffed out and heads held high.

“We’re expecting to win every match this year — no matter what comes our way,” said 132-pound Justin Parsons. “We don’t want anybody putting the beatdown on us. We want to go out there and put the beatdown on them.”

Kiel Resnick, 106-pound wrestler, lit Westview’s candle with a 1:18 pin against Richard Hill. Joel Timmons, 126 pounds, won by technical fall over Daniel Diaz, and 285-pound Noah Spencer won by decision over Isaiah McGatha.

“Every day, all of our confidence grows,” added 145-pound Caston Elliott.

Perhaps no Wildcat wrestler personifies Westview’s season-long turnaround better than 160-pound Keivon Behbehani-Escobar. Down 6-2 in the third period to Jonothan Mosley with little time left on the clock, Behbehani-Escobar fought back into the match with two riding takedowns to tie the match at six apiece. The fight went into sudden death where, just 10 seconds in, Behbehani-Escobar blasted Mosley with his third straight takedown for the 8-6 win. After struggling to get in the win column for most of the season, Behbehani-Escobar clawed into the winner’s circle and had his right hand raised high by the referee, a three-point decision win in his grasp.

“For the past month or so, I’ve been losing, but today my coaches told me to do my thing,” said Behbehani-Escobar. “I put my head in the game, and I wrestled and fought hard. That’s what won me this match today. I had it in my head.”

Behbehani-Escobar said he wanted to take a good shot on Mosley and take him down to the mat. What ended up happening, however, was Mosley meekly shot at the Wildcat, which opened a window for Behbehani-Escobar to get the two-point takedown.

“It was mental toughness,” said Behbehani-Escobar. “I just told myself to keep fighting and do your best. I thank my teammates and my dad for videotaping my matches so I can get better at them. I just dug deep, got up and kept wrestling. Even though I put myself in a bad position, I got up and kept on wrestling.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westview 132-pound Justin Parsons nearly pinned his Beaverton opponent on Thursday, but was content with the 15-0 major-decision win.

Parsons knew right off the bat he needed to pick up the pace from the match’s outset and lock up Bosworth Aiden early in the first period. The 132-pounder tied up Aiden’s hands and threw him over to his back for a first-period takedown. Parsons piled on two near falls in the third and had Aiden throttled by the neck and nearly immobilized to the ground. Yet, the referee didn’t slap the mat to indicate a fall, leaving Parsons with a decisive 15-4 major-decision win.

“It should’ve been a pin,” said Parsons with a laugh. “Usually when you dig somebody in a hole pretty early, they feel really rushed and down to get back into the match. They fall behind and make mistakes. He was younger than me, so I had a little more leeway with how I could shoot against him, but he wrestled a good match.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westviews Joel Timmons tries to avoid a hand to the face from Beavertons Daniel Diaz during Timmons runaway win on Thursday.

Before the match with Aiden, assistant coach Michael Delaney pulled Parsons to the side of the floor and told his pupil, “When you move, you’re really good.” It was a message Parsons parlayed to keep his feet mobile and circling around Aiden to keep him off-balance.

“I kept him moving, he opened up, and I got my shots in there,” said Parsons.

Elliott held up against Joseph Espero’s strength advantage and tried to use technique to get past the Beaver’s hand ties.

“To me, technique is the only way to get past strength,” noted Elliott. “I have some strength, so I was able to pull through. I tried hitting firemen’s (throws) a lot, so I had to switch to single-legs (takedowns) in the second period. That helped get the win.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Kiel Resnick, 106 pounds, started the Westview wrestling teams night with a pin against Beaverton on the road.

Elliot held a 3-0 lead over Espero in the third period and nearly pinned the Beaver junior before Espero called timeout due to a bloody nose. But, Elliott wouldn’t or couldn’t be stopped, getting the takedown he initially wanted while adding an escape for the 6-3 win.

“Really, I was just trying to catch a breath,” said Elliott. “It was a lot to hold back, so I just wanted to catch my wind so I could get that takedown. I could’ve finished it better, but overall I’m really proud of myself.”



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