The Pioneers win seven straight dual meets before yielding to second-ranked Canby in the final
BEAVERTON - Oregon City High School's wrestling team made an impressive showing at the Northwest Duals wrestling tournament, held Dec. 28-29 at Westview High School and at the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Center.
The Pioneers won seven of eight dual meets during the two-day tournament and finished runner-up to Canby.
In dual meets on Dec. 28, the Pioneers topped Wilsonville 78-3, Forest Grove 77-6, Kamiak, Wash. 34-33 and David Douglas 50-15.
In back-to-back meets on Dec. 29, they dropped St. Helens 34-28, Southridge 39-27 and Glencoe 33-27, before bowing to Canby 61-12 in the final.
'We've still got room to improve, but our kids wrestled well,' said Oregon City coach Roger Rolen.
Oregon City junior Jake Morris (152) was the only Pioneer winner on the mat against Canby. The Cougars forfeited at heavyweight.
'Canby's the real deal,' Rolen said. 'They came out physical and really aggressive….
'Like I told the guys last night, this is where we figure out what we're made of. 'If you want to figure out what to do in certain situations, you'll come in early in the morning.''
Oregon City was ranked 10th and Canby was ranked second -behind Roseburg - in a recent statewide Class 6A wrestling poll.
No Oregon City wrestler went undefeated in the Northwest Duals, but three Pioneers finished 7-1, losing only to Canby.
Oregon City junior Tyler Winslow (112) and Pioneer freshmen Brady Fischer (103) and Zach Wallace (130) all won seven matches at the Northwest Duals. Winslow won six matches by fall; Fischer won five matches by fall and a sixth match by superior decision.
Jordan Brewer (119) was the hero in the 34-33 win over Kamiak. Wrestling in the last match of the dual, the Pioneer sophomore talent won by decision.
Oregon City seniors John Frost (HWT) and Nick Shafer (215), and Pioneer junior Mitch Wilhelmi (189) also picked up pivotal wins in the tournament.
Frost won a hotly contested decision to in the final match to gain the Pioneers the win over St. Helens.
Wilhelmi and Shafer won the final two matches by decision to earn the team dual win over Glencoe.
'It was a true team effort,' said Rolen.
Milwaukie was competitive at the Northwest Duals, winning four of seven dual meets.
In pool competition on the first day, the Mustangs dispatched with Sherwood 62-18 and West Salem 37-31, but came up short in matches with Canby (56-18) and St. Helens (34-31).
On the second day, the Mustangs won by criteria tiebreaker after tying Thurston 29-29; they lost to Cleveland 39-28; and they defeated David Douglas 39-28.
Milwaukie's top performers for the tournament were seniors Aaron Farwell (145), Sean Scott (160) and Keenan McIntire. Farwell and Scott both went 6-1; McIntire won five of six matches.
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OREGON CITY - Oregon City matmen wrestled tough and earned first place at their own invitational tournament, held at Oregon City on Saturday.
The Pioneers scored 363-1/2 points to finish on top in a nine-team field that included Canby.
But the win was bitter-sweet, because the Cougars held out many of their top wrestlers.
'A lot of their kids have too many matches,' said Oregon City coach Roger Rolen. 'If they'd wrestled in our tournament they would have run out of matches and they'd have had to forfeit at their district meet.'
Still, the Cougars who did wrestle earned 257 points, and finished runners-up to Oregon City.
Other team scores were: Tigard 201, David Douglas 164-1/2, The Dalles 98, Lincoln 95-1/2, Sherwood 85-1/2, Beaverton 84 and Benson 20.
Oregon City had three champions, sophomore Jordan Brewer (119), junior Travis Snow (135) and senior Nick Shafer (189).
Brewer defeated senior teammate Michael Luna in the championship final at 119.
Snow won by 12-6 decision in his final with Canby's Gordon Iverson; Shafer won by 5-3 overtime decision in his final with Jonathan Byers of David Douglas.
Luna was among five Pioneers who earned runner-up honors. Pioneer freshman Brady Fischer advanced to the final at 103, where he dropped a 6-2 decision to Canby's Thomas Iverson.
Oregon City junior Tyler Winslow (112) fell to Tigard's Ty Mangum 9-5; Oregon City freshman Robert Brown (125) lost 9-1 to David Douglas standout Kyle Fung; and Oregon City junior Jake Morris dropped a 13-3 decision to Chad Almond of David Douglas.
Other Oregon City placers included: Luke Scruggs (103), Zach Wallace (130), Sam Wallace (140), Lake McKay (215) and John Frost (HWT), third; Fabian Lopez (112), Francisco Lara (140), Jean-Claude Guadiz (171) and Mitchell Wilhelmi (189), fourth; and John Newman (145) and Jacob Renard (HWT), fifth.
'Without Canby, our goal was to stay focused, wrestle real aggressive and win by extensive margins,' said Rolen. 'They did that. If we wrestle with the same intensity and practice hard for another month, this could be a preview of how we are going to do at district.'