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Clackamas senior Brandon Ferington bags Coast Classic wrestling title

The Cavaliers are 11th in a 32-team field

NORTH BEND - Clackamas High School had three wrestlers place at the recent 32-team Coast Classic Wrestling Tournament, and the Cavaliers placed 11th in the team standings.

'As a team we finished 11th, which was the best we have finished since I took the [Clackamas High School] program over,' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt.

Senior Brandon Ferington was the Cavaliers' top performer, winning five matches and earning first place at 182.

'Brandon had to wrestle while a little sick, and he showed a lot of reserve, beating some tough kids along the way,' said Wullbrandt. 'The quarters and finals were good gut-check matches, where he had to wrestle a complete match, which is something we have been working on.

'His finals match was a brawl, and the kid did not like the fact that he couldn't score on Brandon. He took a couple swings at Brandon along the way. Brandon is usually pretty unflappable, and he did a good job staying with his game plan, and not letting the guy get him off his game.'

Ferington beat Chance Fahndrich of Crater by 4-3 decision in the finals, after advancing through a 6-5 quarterfinal win over Ryan Shean of Grants Pass and a 12-6 semifinal win over Kaden Johnson of North Medford. In other matches, Ferington pinned Justin Lautenbach of Evergreen in 2:49 and he pinned Kegan Hammond of Cleveland in 5:59.

Clackamas senior Taylor Becker earned fourth place at 160 and Cavalier senior Hunter Egger placed sixth at 152.

Becker wrestled a total of eight matches, losing to Josh Christiansen of Dalles 6-3 in the fourth-place final. His only other loss was by 5-3 decision to Elijah Taylor of David Douglas in the second round.

Among the wrestlers Becker defeated were Isaac Broadhead of South Eugene (12-1), John Britt of Hidden Valley (12-1), Brandon Morgan of Thurston (by fall), Chase Kearney of Churchill (6-2 decision in overtime), Kody Gray of Crater (by fall), and Boomer Fleming of Sherwood (by injury default).

'Taylor's match with Kearney was awesome,' said Wullbrandt. 'He beat Chase last year at this tournament, and Chase went on to win the 5A state championship. It shows how tough this tournament is, when a returning state placer doesn't even place.'

Egger wrestled six matches, yielding by injury default to Travis Woods of Eagle Point in his final.

'Hunter looked good, but had a similar sickness to what Brandon had,' Wullbrandt said. 'We ended up defaulting only as a precautionary measure. Since he had already beaten the 5th and 4th place kid, we didn't feel the need to wrestle more.'

Cavs seventh

at Mt. View

BEND - The Cavaliers continued tough last weekend, when they scored 159.5 points and earned seventh place at a 23-team tournament hosted by Mountain View.

The Cavaliers finished back of Crook County (330), Cascade (260), Redmond (234), Eagle Point (220), Pendleton (208) and Sandy (171).

Ferington headed up the effort, earning first place at 182. Ferington defeated Eagle Point's Johnny Wilkerson 3-1 in the final, after dominating in three other matches.

The Cavaliers had three other wrestlers place. Becker was fourth at 170, sophomore Hudson Clark was fourth at 106, and freshman Alex Brittle placed fifth at 106.

'We had four freshmen make it to the second day - Austin Davis (160), Zach Jett (220), John Nguyen (113) and Alex Brittle (106),' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. 'Three were two matches from placing. Not bad for full 32-man brackets.'

The Cavaliers hit the road over Christmas break, traveling to Reno for the Sierra Nevada Classic [Dec. 28-29].