The Kingsmen have a good turnout, and theyve got experience

Putnam’s wrestling program continues on the upswing.

The Kingsmen have 35 athletes out for wrestling, including eight returnees from last year’s varsity. And Putnam coach Rob Hungerford says he believes he’ll field wrestlers at the first-varsity level in all but two of the 14 weight divisions.

“We’re still building, but I believe we have seven or eight kids, or more, that can make state,” Hungerford said.

Returning from last year’s varsity are seniors Eligh Miller-Polivka (132), Kyle Gorsage (138), Joseph Larimer (145-152), Moein Rezaei (160-170), Preston Russell (160-170) and Trevor Schneider (195), along with sophomores Zack Iverson (113) and Vince McFarland (182).

Rezaei wrestled at state last year, after placing third at district at 152; Russell placed sixth at district at 160 last season.

Hungerford says he’s got a number of other wrestlers “looking good” in the wrestling room, including seniors Dalan Brown (152) and Tucker Fleischmann (160), sophomore Christian Salveta (120), and freshmen Brice McDonald (113) and Jacob Wiederhold (285).

Brown and Fleischmann are both first-year wrestlers who are “really good athletes,” Hungerford said.

The Kingsmen showed promise last weekend when they had five wrestlers place at the highly competitive Bruin Interstate Invitational, hosted by Washington’s Columba High School. The tournament featured wrestlers from Hermiston, Stevenson, Tenino and Columbia high schools.

Rezaei headed the effort, placing second at 170.

Wiederhold was impressive, winning three matches by fall en route to earning third place at heavyweight. His only loss was by a 2-1 decision.

The Kingsmen had three wrestlers place fourth, Brice McDonald at 120, sophomore Dereck Bemis at 132 and Brown at 152.

The Kingsmen have a big meet this Thursday, when they begin Northwest Oregon Conference dual competition, hosting cross-town rival Milwaukie.

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