Timberwolves smack down Forest Grove

Wrestling: Tualatin stays aggressive from match to match in its 70-10 league win
by: DAN BROOD, PINNING PREDICAMENT — Tualatin’s Travis Gamache (top) comes close to pinning Forest Grove’s Orion Collins in the 145-pound match between the teams.

TUALATIN - The Wolves want to be aggressive.

No matter the opponent, no matter the situation, no matter the score, its all the same to them - they're going to rely on their aggressiveness.

Last Thursday, that aggressiveness gave the Tualatin High School wrestling team a big win.

The Wolves opened their Pacific Conference schedule by roaring to a 70-10 win over Forest Grove in a match held at Tualatin High School.

'We just go out there and be aggressive,' Tualatin sophomore Nathan Andrews said after the match. 'That's one thing we work on. We wrestle our match and always be aggressive.'

Forest Grove forfeited in seven weight classes in last week's match, leaving little doubt in the team outcome. But that didn't seem to affect the Wolves, who stayed aggressive despite the situation.

'That's the main thing for us,' Tualatin coach Matt Hamilton said. 'We want to set the tempo and be aggressive no matter what the situation is.'

Forest Grove grabbed a 6-0 lead in the match with Josh Johnson winning by pin in the 103-pound match.

But the Wolves quickly tied the match at 6-6 when freshman Trey Marquez pinned Forest Grove's Darren Miller in a time of 5 minutes and 36 seconds in the 112-pound match. Marquez had a pair of three-point nearfalls before getting the pin.

Andrews then gave Tualatin the lead for good when he pinned Justin Seitz in 1:09 in the 119-pound bout.

'I was just aggressive,' Andrews said with a smile.

Andrews took down Seitz 32 seconds into the first round and got the pin 37 seconds later.

One of Tualatin's most impressive victories of the night came in the 140-pound match, where Fletcher Parker pinned Forest Grove's Ethan Young in 4:55.

After a scoreless first round, Young scored on a takedown and a three-point nearfall to take a 5-0 lead with 13 seconds to go in the second round. But, in the third round, Parker came back strong, getting a takedown, followed by a fall, to give the Wolves a 30-10 lead in the team score at that point.

'You can't ever count him out,' Hamilton said of Parker. 'He's one of my favorite wrestlers. He just goes out there, works hard and gets the job done.'

In the 145-pound match, Tualatin senior Travis Gamache posted a 9-0 major decision win over Forest Grove's Orion Collins. Gamache took a 2-0 lead into the third round before pulling away to get the major decision win. Gamache looked to be close to pinning Collins when the match ended.

Senior Dustin Coulson, in the 152-pound weight class, ended the night in a big way for the Timberwolves as he needed just 12 seconds to beat Forest Grove's Sheyne Higginbotham. Coulson scored on a takedown just five seconds into the match and soon after got the pin.

Getting forfeit wins for Tualatin were sophomore Joey Whitaker (125 pounds), sophomore Dillon Carbajal (130), senior Chris Porter (160), junior Robert Kennedy (171), senior Charlie Maze (189), junior Alek Poti (215) and junior Matt Gregson (285).

'We've had a lot of good practices and our hard work is paying off,' Andrews said.

Prior to the win over Forest Grove, Tualatin turned in a strong performance at the NW Duals, held Dec. 28-29 at Westview High School and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District complex in Beaverton.

Tualatin was scheduled to wrestle state power Canby in a league dual match Wednesday at Canby. Results weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday and Saturday when they compete at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

On Wednesday, Tualatin will host Tigard in a league dual match with varsity action scheduled to start at 7 p.m.