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The Wildcats step up

Westview takes out the short-handed Beavers in its Metro League opener
by: JOHN LARIVIERE, CATCH SOME AIR — Beaverton’s Austin Thompson gets Westview’s Zach Reser off his feet during their Metro League match at 145 pounds last week at Beaverton High School. Thompson won a 6-4 decision over Reser.

BEAVERTON - The Westview-Beaverton dual meet came down to the final match last season.

This year's version was determined much earlier as the Wildcats recorded five falls and received a pair of forfeits to handle the Beavers 57-13 on Thursday at Beaverton High School.

Both teams have been hit hard by injuries and other circumstances that have kept them from fielding their full varsity lineups this season. Westview is starting to put the pieces back together and had junior varsity members step up and fill the remaining voids.

Included in that group is sophomore Zach Ouchida, a first-year wrestler that came from behind for a 13-8 victory over Beaverton's Evan Marshall at 140 pounds. Ouchida cut some weight for his first varsity match and made it worthwhile.

'After the weight I lost, I was like 'I can't lose,'' Ouchida said. 'It was a lot of work. I was stressing and pretty nervous and threw up.'

Ouchida found himself down 6-2 midway through the second period when he was tossed to his back. But Ouchida rolled through for a reversal and two near-fall points for a 6-6 tie.

After escaping, Marshall looked to finish a single-leg takedown, but Ouchida hooked his head and chin-whipped him to the mat for the takedown and 8-8 tie at the end of the second period. Ouchida took over in the third, registering a reversal with 1 minute, 27 seconds left and turning Marshall for three near-fall points to secure the win.

'I was pretty tired at the end,' Ouchida said. 'I just tried to lay on him and keep my points and win.'

Westview won 11 of 14 matches against the Beavers, who were without six wrestlers projected to be in their varsity lineup at the start of the season. Beaverton took an early 6-0 lead when Adam Schwander won the meet's first match at 215 pounds with a fall in 5:11.

Wildcat senior Eric Perry followed by turning Beaverton's Ryan Walker with a half nelson and earning a pin in 2:39. A random draw determined what weight class the meet would start at, relieving Perry the usual wait of wrestling last.

'It felt good not to be the last one and having it all fall on my shoulders,' said Perry, who remains undefeated on the season. 'This year has been going great. I'm trying to keep up tempo in practice and getting ready for a pretty tough next two weeks.'

Perry's fall set off a string of seven straight Westview victories. After Zach Sefton received a forfeit at 103, Eric Van Wagoner won a 14-4 major decision at 112. He pulled away after turning Angel Alvarez with a far-side cra-

dle late in the second round then with an arm bar in the third, earning three near fall points each time

Lucas Vallejos followed with a 17-2 technical fall victory at 119 behind a trio of three-point near falls. Sam Terry built a 10-0 lead at 125 pounds before pinning Jordan Michael in 2:52 to give Westview a 27-6 lead.

That grew to 39-6 when Mike Riordan won by fall in 3:07 at 130 and Tim Sipes followed with a pin in 3:56 at 135. Ouchida added his win to set up the meet's best match.

Beaverton snapped Westview's eight-match winning streak when senior Austin Thompson earned a hard-fought 10-4 decision at 145. The No. 3-ranked Thompson got a battle from sophomore Zach Reser, who led 3-2 after Thompson let him go for an escape in the second round.

'He's tough and a pretty strong kid,' said Thompson, who improved to 23-0 this season. 'I didn't expect that.'

Thompson recorded a takedown with 20 seconds left in the second period then again early in the final round. Reser escaped with 25 seconds left in the match, but Thompson took him down to his back for two near fall points to secure the victory.

'I'm pretty comfortable on my feet,' Thompson said. 'I feel I can take just about anybody down. I've been working hard on my single-leg and it's been pretty effective.'

Westview's Clif Heim used a double-leg takedown and two near-fall points early in the second round to build a 10-2 lead en route to his 10-4 win at 152 pounds. After Wildcat Josh Verret received a forfeit at 160, Westview earned its final win when Chad Ramsey used an underhook to toss Beaverton's Richard Stadig to his back for the fall in 2:57.

The Beavers started and ended the dual with victories, closing with Alex Pridgen earning a 10-2 major decision at 189 behind four takedowns and a reversal.

In upcoming matches, Beaverton wrestles in the Tigard Tournament at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Westview, meanwhile, wrestles in the Crater Tournament on Saturday and hosts Aloha at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.