The Pioneer senior ups his record to 34-0 in competition with Oregonians

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City senior Kyle Sether, shown in control in a league meet with West Linn senior Michael Mutschler, remained undefeated against Oregon opponents, winning all four of his matches in last weekends Resers Tournament of Champions.Oregon City senior Kyle Sether continued to make a name for himself at Saturday’s Reser’s Tournament of Champions, which is considered the unofficial state folkstyle wrestling championship for all classifications. The top 24 teams from Oregon Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A high schools were represented at the tournament.

Sether, who is ranked No. 1 in the state at 132 pounds, won the 126-pound bracket, dominating all four of his opponents. With a 9-0 major decision over Tucker Davis of Class 2A Culver in the 126-pound final, Sether (34-2 overall and 34-0 in competition with Oregonians) remained undefeated against opponents from Oregon for the 2012-13 season.

Davis was ranked No. 1 at 132 pounds in Class 2A/1A heading into the tournament.

In other matches at Reser’s, Sether pinned Nathan Oakeson of Class 5A Lebanon in 1:31; won by 7-1 decision over Coty Brown of Class 3A Willamina; and won by fall over Morgan Walters of Class 6A David Douglas in 3:00.

Brown was ranked the top 126-pounder in Oregon at the Class 3A level; Walters was ranked No. 1 at 126 in Class 6A. Sether’s win over Walters on Saturday was his second win over the Scot star in a week.

Sether was a state champion at 103 two years ago and he placed third in the state at 120 in 2012.

Oregon City had four other wrestlers place at last weekend’s Tournament of Champions. Junior Tanner Fischer (170) placed second; junior Devin Poppen (113) placed fourth; and senior Parker Folliard (132) and junior Michael Griffin (182) both earned sixth place.

Fischer, who is ranked sixth at 170 in 6A, lost to Sandy senior Kyle Bateman, the top-ranked 170-pounder in Class 5A, in the 170-pound final.

Fischer was dominant in defeating three Class 6A opponents in his other matches, pinning Kyle Williams of Sprague in 4:32; winning by early third-round technical fall over Max Hane of Roseburg; and winning by fall in 3:19 over Glencoe senior Michael Schrader.

Oregon City was without senior 220-pounder Michael McCoy, who sat out the competition nursing what Oregon City coach Roger Rolen termed “a minor injury.”

“If Michael was healthy and if he’d wrestled, he probably would have won it,” Rolen said of McCoy, who won at Reser’s last year and is ranked third in the state in Class 6A this season.

Class 5A Hermiston ran away with the Reser’s Tournament of Champions team title, scoring 221 points and finishing will in front of the runner-up Crook County Cowboys, who tallied 148-1/2. Rounding out the top 10 were: Sweet Home 144, Redmond 126, Roseburg 124, David Douglas 122, Crater 121, Hillsboro 109-1/2, Glencoe 105 and Sprague 103. Oregon City scored 100-1/2 and finished 11th.

The Pioneers continued on track in Three Rivers League competition last week, upping their dual record to 4-0 with a 57-15 shellacking of Lake Oswego.

The Lakers spotted the Pioneers 30 points through forfeits.

The Pioneers had four wrestlers win by fall, Ryan Leonard (106), Sether (132), Folliard (138) and Alex Canchola (145).

Oregon City junior Grant Hicks won a 1-0 barnburner over Lake Oswego junior Paul Carlson at 195. Hicks escaped midway through the second period and rode Carlson tough through the entire third round to earn the win.

“Grant is improving in leaps and bounds this year,” Rolen said. “Carlson went to state last year and Grant has beaten him twice this year.”

Poppen met his match at 112, yielding to LO junior Cahleb Gonzales 6-4 in overtime. Leading 2-0, Poppen got reversed to his back in the second round. Poppen scored through an escape and a penalty point to knot the score at 4-4 in the third round. But Gonzales got a takedown in the extra period to earn the win.

Wrestling at 106, Poppen won first place at last year’s TRL/Mt. Hood Conference Regional Tournament, while Gonzales placed fourth at 106.

Oregon City concludes the dual season this Thursday, hosting winless Lakeridge (0-4).

The Pioneers will have plenty of competition this Saturday, when they host an 11-team invitational tournament. Hermiston will be among the teams taking part in the 16-man bracketed tournament.

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