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Wolves pick up experience, wins at Wrestling Classic

The Tualatin wrestling team picked up some experience against some top-notch competition while also making some noise of its own at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, held Friday and Saturday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

'Overall, it was good,' Tualatin coach Matt Hamilton said. 'It was a good experience.'

At the Classic, which featured many of the top teams from around the state, Tualatin took first place in its pool - joining Roseburg, Canby and Newberg as pool winners.

'It was interesting seeing us on that list with those other teams,' Hamilton said.

In pool competition, the Wolves beat Grants Pass 45-24, they lost to Oregon City 34-22 and they beat Reynolds 43-24.

In the tourney quarterfinals, Tualatin lost 44-27 to Redmond.

Timberwolf sophomore Nathan Andrews, at 112 pounds, won all four of his matches at the Classic. He got three of those wins by pin.

Junior Walter Blice, who wrestled at both 119 and 125, also went unbeaten. Junior Jason GrosJacques, at 215, went 3-1 getting all three victories by fall. Junior Brent Houston, at 285, picked up a pair of wins by fall.

Prior to the Oregon Classic, the Wolves fell 54-9 to league-leading Canby in a Pacific Conference match held Jan. 9 at Canby High School.

Matt Gregson, at 285 pounds, won by pin and Andrews picked up a decision win at 112 to account for the Wolves' points.

Tualatin was scheduled to host rival Tigard in a league dual match on Wednesday. Results of that match weren't available when the Times went to press.

Tonight (Thursday), Tualatin will host Newberg in a league match starting at 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the Wolves will compete at the Cleveland Tournament.