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Oregon City second at Southridge

Fifteen Pioneers earn placements

BEAVERTON - They left six of their first varsity wrestlers at home, but the Oregon City Pioneers still earned runner-up honors at the Southridge Invitational wrestling tournament, held here Saturday.

'It was a team effort to get second place without [an individual] champion,' said Oregon City coach Roger Rolen. 'We had 15 placers. This illustrates what I've been talking about all season. If we're going to do well at district and at state, it's going to take the whole team.'

Century, which fielded a complete team, edged Oregon City 268-1/2 to 236 for the Southridge tournament team title.

Other team scores were: Southridge 225, Gresham 218, Hood River 206-1/2, West Albany 152-1/2 and Canby 137.

'I didn't take all of my top dogs,' said Rolen. 'I wanted to give some of them a break, plus I wanted to help get our second and third dogs ready for district.'

Oregon City juniors Sam Wallace (135) and Lake McKay (215) both earned runner-up honors.

The Pioneers had six wrestlers place third: seniors John Frost (215) and Jared Carr (HWT), juniors Tyler Winslow (112) and Mitchell Wilhelmi (189), and freshmen Anthony Rhemrev-Field (125) and Zach Wallace (130).

Carr's only loss came in he semifinals, where he dropped a triple overtime thriller to Century senior L.J. Hammer, one of the top heavyweights in Class 5A.

Oregon City junior Travis Snow (135) and Pioneers sophomores Alan Farmer (103) and Luke Scruggs (112) earned fourth place.

Oregon City senior Luis Lopez (125) and sophomore Ryan Gillespie (140) placed fifth; seniors Michael Luna (119) and Francisco Lara (140) placed sixth.

The Pioneers will have their work cut out for them next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Liberty High School for the Tournament of Champions.

'It's like a pre-state tournament,' said Rolen. 'All of the top 5A and 6A teams will be there.'

The Pioneers draw a bye from league competition this week. They finish off the Three Rivers League dual-meet season next Thursday, when they wrestle Lakeridge at Lakeridge.