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Tigers, Wolves tune up for wrestling showdown

Whenever Tigard and Tualatin get together on the wrestling mat, there always seems to be plenty of excitement and intensity.

This year, the Tigers and Timberwolves will take their intense rivalry south.

Tigard and Tualatin will meet in a Pacific Conference dual match tonight (Thursday), starting at 7 p.m. at McNary High School in Keizer.

The match will be part of a Special District 3 double dual match set for McNary. In 5 p.m. matches tonight, Tigard will wrestle Sprague and Tualatin will face McNary. Then, at 7 p.m., Sprague and McNary will face off and the Tigers will grapple with the Timberwolves.

Tigard and Tualatin both had strong tournament performances last week as they tuned up for tonight's battle.

The Timberwolves took second place at the tournament they hosted Saturday at Tualatin High School. Centennial took first place at the 10-team event with 334 points. Tualatin took second with a score of 244.

Tualatin had three individual champions at the tourney.

In the 138-pound final, Tualatin's John Whitaker scored an 8-2 decision win over Jacob Morello of Sunset.

In the 170-pound tourney title bout, Tualatin's Kage Wabaunsee notched an 8-5 decision win over Mitchell VanWagoner of Westview.

The Wolves' third championship game in the 182-pound weight class, where Conner Cheel scored a 3-1 overtime decision win over Jonah Asher of St. Helens in the finals.

Also for Tualatin at the tournament, Jeff Whitaker was third at 106 pounds, Max Houston was third at 120, Blake Reser was third at 132, Andrew Criswell was third at 145, Luke Goessens was third at 182, Kellen Poti was third at 195, Cody Summers was third at 285, Mathieu Gleason was fifth at 113 and Alex Floten was fifth at 195.

Tualatin also scored a 39-25 win over South Salem in a Special District 3 dual match held Dec. 8 at Tualatin High School.

Tigard tied for third place in the team standings at the Glencoe Tournament held Friday at Glencoe High School.

Glencoe took the top spot with a score of 138. Mountain View was second at 117 and Tigard tied Reynolds for the third spot, each with a score of 100.

Tigard had three individual champions at the tourney.

At 106 pounds, Tigard senior Ian Rogers scored a 9-4 decision win over Raymond Smith of North Salem in the finals.

Tigard's Josh Pope took the top spot at 220 pounds and Erick Franco was first at 285.

Also for Tigard at the tournament, Zach Vollstedt was second at 126, Andy Pin was second at 160, Mark Hall was third at 145, Cale Holt was third at 182, Joel Harbolt was fourth at 138 and Dylan Barkdoll was fourth at 195.

The Tigers were edged 39-36 by West Salem in a Special District 3 dual match held last Thursday at Tigard High School.

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Sherwood finished in seventh place in the team standings at the Glencoe Tournament with 69 points.

Daniel Leonard had a tourney championship for the Bowmen, scoring a 7-6 decision win Christ Nance of Glencoe in the 152-pound title match.

Also for Sherwood at the tournament, Ryan Jurgens was second at 195, Alex Vazques was fourth at 120, Garret Heckenberg was fourth at 126, Jack Garvey was fourth at 182 and Martin Layna was fourth at 285.