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Ryland Geiger wins another national title

Senior breezes through bracket
by: Nick Hurliman, Scappoose’s Ryland Geiger won this match to bring another national; title home to Scappoose.

Winning a national wrestling championship is never an easy task, but Scappoose's Ryland Geiger has a way of making it seem so.

The Tribe senior competed in the National High School Coaches Association Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va., over spring break and brought back another national title.

Geiger pinned his opponent in the 189-pound finals, Brent Haynes of Missouri, to become the first Oregon wrestler to ever win this event.

Geiger will graduate from Scappoose this spring and has signed a Letter of Intent to attend top-ranked Minnesota on a scholarship this fall.

Scappoose wrestling coach Jim Jones feels he was fortunate to have had Geiger for the past two years. 'I think one of the things I appreciate the most about Ryland is how well he fits in with our group and how humble he chooses to be in light of how incredibly successful he has been,' Jones said. 'It is great to have a kid who has had such tremendous success on the mat, but at the end of it all I'd rather be known as someone who helped develop good people than as someone who developed good wrestlers. Ryland is a good person, I look forward to seeing his future success in college and in life.'

Geiger started the tournament with a pin over Cavin Sunkins of South Carolina in the first round. He beat Hank Penree of New York, 7-4, and then topped Spenser Daniels of Missouri, 9-4, in the third round. He posted a 12-4 decision over Caleb Lines of Minnesota in the quarterfinals, and beat Aaron Norgren of Minnesota 9-5 in the semifinals. His pin of Haynes came 5:19 into the match. There were 53 wrestlers in his bracket.

Scappoose sent four other wrestlers to the tournament: Ryder Waddington, Jordan Smith, Seth Honl, and Caleb Pendleton. Honl and Pendleton advanced the furthest before being eliminated from the tough competition.

'Each of the wrestlers battled hard in some very tough competition,' Jones said.