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Wrestlers are perfect in first round at state

Estacada senior Donald Wenlund leads the team with a third-place finish at 126 pounds


by: ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Estacada senior Donny Wenlund gets a grip on Taylor Walden of Scappoose during his 4-3 win in the third-place bout at 126 pounds. PORTLAND — The Estacada wrestling team went a perfect 4-0 in the opening round of the 4A state tournament Friday, and the quartet of athletes piled up enough points to put the Rangers among the top-15 team finishers.

Senior Donald Wenlund entered the 126-pound bracket as the No. 1 seed and raced through his first-round bout by a 14-3 major decision. He was knocked out by a 4-2 count in the quarterfinals, but bounced back with four straight wins in the consolation bracket.

He finished his run with a 4-3 decision over Taylor Walden of Scappoose in the third-place bout — a rematch from Wenlund’s 3-0 win in the Regional semifinals.

The Estacada standout found himself on the wrong end of a 3-1 count midway through his final high school match. He got in on Walden’s leg midway through the second period, but couldn’t finish off the tying takedown before his opponent stumbled out of the circle.

With time ticking away in the period, Wenlund darted in once more, this time coming up with an ankle and crumpling Walden to the mat for a takedown that beat the buzzer.

“I knew I was down and had to focus everything on getting that takedown,” Wenlund said.

The effort tied the score going into the final two minutes, which started with Wenlund in the down position. Rather than trying to ride him out, Walden let him loose with 1:40 left and took his chances on scoring a takedown before time expired.

It didn’t happen.

Wenlund stayed on the attack that kept Walden at a distance and the score frozen.

“I went into that third period with a lot of confidence, knowing that I could get away,” Wenlund said. “I’m glad I finished with a win, I finished the season right.”

Rangers’ senior Luke Youngberg (170) beat the clock twice in his first round match to set the tone for a 10-0 victory over Cascade’s Kuloly Tudela. Youngberg started the scoring when he lifted his opponent off the match and dumped him with two seconds left in the first period. He added to his lead by locking in a cradle hold for a near fall with six seconds left in the middle round.

Youngberg lost is quarterfinal match, but came back with a pin and a pair of major decisions in the consolation bracket to place fourth.

Estacada sophomore Nick Ledbury (182) opened the tournament with a 16-2 blowout win over Ridgeview’s Colt Christensen before dropping an overtime decision in the quarterfinals. He split a pair of consolation bouts.

Estacada junior Zack Jones scored a reversal late in the first period to take a 4-3 lead over Taft’s Joe Salsbery in his opening match at 138 pounds. Jones stayed on the attack in the second period, turning his opponent and earning a fall 18 seconds after the restart.

Jones went on to fall to No. 1 seed Conner Noonan of Henley in the quarterfinals and was unable to advance in the consolation bracket.

Estacada finished 14th in the 4A team tally with 46 points, while Crook County ran away with the team crown after piling up 405.5 points.

View a photo gallery from the tournament at daveball.exposuremanager.com.



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