Bulldog wrestlers compete at weekend coastal tournament
- Phil Hawkins
- Woodburn Independent - Sports
The Woodburn wrestling team was led by victories from Temoatzin Lopez, Carlos Velasco and Rodolfo Hernandez at the South Coast Classic in North Bend last weekend.
Velasco was impressive in his victories over wrestlers from David Douglas and Canby, said Woodburn coach Dusty Price.
He is fun to watch on the mat and is a competitive athlete, said Price. He will be a major contributor to the Woodburn team this year.
Lopez picked up wins over wrestlers from Eagle Point and Canby. Price said that while Lopez is naturally much more of a defensive wrestler, he was able to showcase his abilities on the offensive end over the weekend.
As a returning state qualifier, he is showing a lot of confidence as a wrestler and always remains composed in hard situations, scoring important victories by never letting up, said Price.
Hernandez picked up victories in his first two matches via first-period pins, but he went on to lose back-to-back matches on Saturday.
Though the tournament didnt turn out the way he wanted, Rodolfo is hungry, said Price. He will continue to outwork his opponents in the practice room and it will show throughout the season.
Other wrestlers on the team ran into some very tough competition and were eliminated from the tournament, said Price. He pointed to freshman wrestler Luis Venancio as a particularly impressive athlete despite losing a pair of difficult matches.
Though he lost both his matches, he was a real fighter, he said.
Woodburns next match is scheduled after Christmas when the Bulldogs travel to Westview High School for the Northwest Team Duals on Dec. 27-28.
The team also announced it will be started its kids club wrestling after the Christmas break. Coach Olin West will run practices Tuesdays and Thursdays in the high school wrestling room from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from Jan. 9 through March 6.
The club is open to kids grades K-8 and will cost $35.