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Tigard vs. Tualatin: at McNary?

The rivals are forced to have their league dual match at a neutral site
by: DAN BROOD PIN FOR THE PIN — Tigard's Andy Pin tries to pin Tualatin's Sean Blice in the 160-pound bout in last week's match held at McNary High School.

KEIZER - As Tigard's Zack Vollstedt and Tualatin's Max Houston were having a very competitive, back-and-forth battle in the 126-pound match at last week's high school wrestling dual meet between the rivals, the crowd was going wild.

There was screaming and yelling - so loud that it was hard to hear yourself think.

But there was one problem.

That yelling and screaming was happening at the east end of the gym at McNary High School, where the homestanding Celtics were battling Sprague in a dual meet going on at the same time.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the gym, while the competition between Tigard and Tualatin was fierce, there wasn't much crowd noise.

That, of course, was mainly because the match between the rival Tigers and Timberwolves was held at McNary as part of a Special District 3 double dual meet.

Special District 3 consists of the six members of the Central Valley Conference as well as Tigard, Tualatin, McMinnville and Newberg from the Pacific Conference.

According to Tualatin coach Matt Hamilton, the voting on the district scheduling this year mostly went in favor of the CVC schools - mainly by a 6-4 vote.

That meant that the Tigard-Tualatin match was held at McNary High School, instead of in front of screaming, rabid fans at Tigard or Tualatin high school.

Last year, that was the case, as the Timberwolves got a win over the Tigers in a match decided by criteria after the teams battled to a 38-38 tie in a match held in front of a large, loud crowd at Tigard High School.

Hamilton says the atmosphere should have been the same this year.

'Tigard and Tualatin fans need to be at this match,' he said. 'Having this match down here hurts our sport.'

The wrestlers also noticed the difference with the match being held at McNary instead of Tigard or Tualatin.

'It wasn't the same,' Tigard senior 160-pounder Andy Pin said. 'It's Tigard-against-Tualatin - it should have been held at Tigard or Tualatin.'

'It didn't seem as intense without the crowd,' Tigard senior 106-pounder Ian Rogers said.