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Its been a tough haul for Gladstone matmen

Shields, Reisner, Henry and McNall take care of business with Stayton

GLADSTONE - It's been a tough haul for Gladstone's boys wrestling team this winter.

Plagued by injuries, illness and other adversities, the Gladiators dropped a dual meet to Stayton 49-24 last Thursday and slipped to 0-4 on the Capital Conference season.

The Gladiators spotted the Eagles 30 points through five forfeits in last week's dual. The Gladiators went 4-4 in matches actually contested on the mat.

'We've lost so many kids to injuries it makes it tough to compete when you're giving up so many points to forfeits,' said Gladstone coach Mike Caudle. 'But of the kids remaining, we've got some kids who are peaking at the right time.'

Juniors Brett Shields (135) and Justin Reisner (HWT), and seniors Chris Henry (171) and Drew McNall (215) were winners on the mat for Gladstone in last week's dual.

Shields won a 9-4 decision from Garry Elkins; Henry defeated Jerry Elkins by 23-8 technical fall in a 'takedown-fest'; McNall bounced John Anderson, winning by 14-3 major decision; and it took Reisner just 46 seconds to dispatch with Stayton's Chad Mitchell.

Junior Travis Turpin (119) also showed promise, dropping a 5-3 decision to Dylan Weatman, the seventh-ranked 119-pounder in the state.

Injuries and illness have sidelined three Gladiator first varsity wrestlers for the remainder of the season. Junior Steve Holliman (189) is out with mononucleosis; junior Tim O'Brien (160) is out of action because of a back injury; and a knee injury has sidelined junior Shawn Gaffney (145) for the remainder of the season.

The Gladiators' prospects have also suffered by the transfer of sophomore Kirby Neff (112) to Oregon City.

Gladstone concludes the dual season this Thursday, when the Gladiators entertain Molalla (2-2).