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Scots expected to challenge again


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas head coach Ron Holyoak reacts from the corner of the mat during last years 6A state tournament. The Scots sneaked past Crater by half a point to take home the second-place trophy last season.

The Mount Hood Conference put in a solid showing at last year’s big-school state tournament, landing two teams among the top 10 and sending four wrestlers into weight-class championship bouts.

David Douglas highlighted that effort by edging Crater by half a point to claim the 6A second-place trophy, while crowning Josh Reyes as the state’s 138-pound champion.

The Scots are loaded for a return run at the state podium this winter, although realistically, the rest of the state is fighting for the silver medal behind powerhouse Roseburg. The Indians piled up 237 points at last year’s tournament more than David Douglas and Crater managed to score combined.

David Douglas graduated just one state placer in Cody Patterson near the top of the ladder. That leaves the shelves fully stocked to surpass last year’s state production.

Leading the way is the junior Reyes, who went unchallenged at last year’s tournament, pinning his first-round foe and outscoring his next three opponents by a combined 26-9.

Also returning is a senior-heavy group that includes Elijah Taylor, who won five straight consolation bouts to finish third at 152 pounds last year along with Vagif Afrasov, who was fourth in the 132 bracket. Jeremiah Baker earned the state’s No. 1 seed before settling for fifth-place honors.

David Douglas won last year’s regional crown by more than 30 points over Three Rivers champ Canby.

Look for team capsules on Barlow, Gresham and Centennial in the Friday, Dec. 21, print edition of The Outlook.