Alejandro Sandoval and Keltin Boykin lose third-place matches in extra periods as the Cougars finish in 17th place out of 35 teams.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIDA GROUP - Canby senior Alejandro Sandoval (top) placed fourth at the Pacific Coast Championships wrestling tournament Jan. 3-4 at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. Above, Sandoval competes in a match against Troutdale-Reynolds earlier this season.Overtime was unkind to the Canby wrestling team’s top two finishers at the Pacific Coast Championships.

Standout seniors Alejandro Sandoval and Keltin Boykin each took fourth place in the Jan. 3-4 tournament at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., coming up short in tightly contested matches that were deadlocked through regulation.

The Cougars clawed their way into the top half of the team standings, tallying 69 points to finish in 17th place out of 35 schools from Oregon and Washington. Dallas (159.5) held off Yelm (145) and Camas-Union (144) to snag the tournament title.

Three Rivers League teams Oregon City (105) and West Linn (74.5) placed seventh and 15th, respectively.

Sandoval cruised to the quarterfinals of the 285-pound bracket by pinning Woodinville sophomore Duke Clinch in 52 seconds in the first round and defeating Heritage junior Tristan Bridges by fall in 4 minutes 6 seconds in the second round. He then edged Toppenish senior Robert Luna 5-4 to reach the semifinals.

That’s when things soured for Sandoval.

With a finals berth on the line, he came up on the losing end of a 7-4 decision in overtime against Evergreen junior Austin Wright.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match,” said Sandoval, who also lost to Wright in overtime of the Coast Classic title bout Dec. 14 in North Bend. “I just had a mistake in the overtime period where he got a reversal and came on top. I gave it my all to try to get a takedown, but I just couldn’t pull it off. It’s a stepping stone for me. I’ve got to learn from it.”

The setback sent Sandoval into the consolation bracket for a rematch against Bridges, whom he defeated again by 3-1 decision to reach the third-place match.

But there was more disappointment in store for Sandoval. In a quadruple-overtime duel, he fell 4-2 to West Linn’s Ellis Eaton and settled for fourth at the Pac Coast tournament for the second year in a row.

“I thought I could have won,” said Sandoval, who likely will cross paths with Eaton again when Canby faces the Lions in a league dual on the road Jan. 22. “I didn’t really use my offense in this match.”

Roosevelt senior Semise Kofe defeated Wright 9-4 to win the heavyweight title.

Boykin (195) also battled for third place after losing in the semifinals.

The North Marion transfer sailed through the first day of competition, pinning Jefferson freshman Omar Seamster in 1:25 and defeating Kingston junior Troy Brady by fall in 3:54.

Boykin then clipped Auburn junior Sam Lindsey 5-4 in the quarterfinals to set up a meeting with Prairie senior Tyler Duncan, who won by fall in 3:44.

The loss dropped Boykin into the consolation bracket, where he topped W.F. West junior Alan McClure by 5-4 decision to earn a spot in the third-place match. Boykin’s day ended with a frustrating 8-6 overtime loss to South Kitsap senior Tristan Hartman.

Union senior Cody Gromes pinned Duncan in 5:28 to win the 195-pound title.

Sandoval and Boykin were two of the Cougars’ four quarterfinalists, joining senior Noel Hygelund and freshman Gus Warren.

Hygelund (160) pinned Toppenish sophomore Dominic Gonzalez in 1:49 and defeated Yelm junior James Rodeman 6-1 before losing 5-0 to Union senior Jeremiah Reynolds.

His opponent in the consolation bracket, Zillah senior Devyn Daniels, advanced by injury default.

Warren (106) defeated Auburn senior Freddie Pineda in 5:00 and pinned Union freshman Quentin Krogstad in 1:52 to reach the quarterfinals, where he dropped a 4-0 decision to Kelso freshman Josh Helling. He lost his first consolation match by fall in 3:52 to South Kitsap freshman Ashton Schessler.

Canby was participating in the Pac Coast tournament for the fourth year in a row. It placed third in 2010-11, 11th two years ago and sixth last season. The Cougars have produced 15 placers, three finalists and two champions (A.J. Ballard and Keith Nichols) in the last four editions of the tournament.

Canby will return to the mat at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in its TRL opener at home against Oregon City, which won last year’s conference meeting, 36-34.

The Cougars will then participate in Dallas High School’s tournament Jan. 11.



Pacific Coast Championships

Jan. 3-4 at Hudson’s Bay High School (Vancouver)

Team scores: 1. Dallas, 159.5; 2. Yelm, 145; 3. Union, 144; 4. Toppenish, 124.5; 5. Decatur, 121; 6. South Kitsap, 119; 7. Oregon City, 105; 8. Central Kitsap, 98.5; 9. Prairie, 95; 10. Kingston, 91; 11. Chiawana, 91; 12. Woodinville, 87.5; 13. Auburn, 77.5; 14. Heritage, 75.5; 15. West Linn, 74.5; 16. Mountain View, 70.5; 17. Canby, 69; 18. Cascade, 68.5; 19. Jefferson, 68; 20. W.F. West, 65.5; 21. Kelso, 65; 22. Tumwater, 62; 23. Evergreen, 57.5; 24. Auburn-Mountain View, 53; 25. Roosevelt, 50; 26. Camas, 47.5; 27. Gresham, 47; 28. Zillah, 47; 29. Cascade-Everett, 46.5; 30. Hudson’s Bay, 45; 31. Klahowya, 45; 32. Shorewood, 42; 33. Bellevue, 39; 34. Burlington-Edison, 38.5; 35. Edmonds-Woodway, 32.5.



A look at how Canby has fared at the Pacific Coast Championships:

2010-11: 3rd; four placers, two finalists, one champion (A.J. Ballard)

2011-12: 11th; six placers, no finalists

2012-13: 6th; three placers, one champion (Keith Nichols)

2013-14: 17th; two placers, no finalists

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