WRESTLING - Barlow senior takes a 35-1 record into this weekend's state tournament
The carnival barker steps to the middle of the ring, pulls down the microphone and announces to the crowd 'Step right up. One hundred dollars to anyone who can survive five minutes with Doomsday Dougharity.' Both parties in the ring knowing full well they aren't going to have to pay out even if someone is fool enough to accept the challenge.
While those travelling shows are a thing of the past, Barlow senior Mick Dougharity is throwing down a similar challenge, sans the cash prize, to any prep wrestlers who dare take him on.
Dougharity enters this weekend's state tournament with a 35-1 (.972) record, his only blemish coming during a holiday tournament in Nevada when he gave up a takedown in the final seconds and just missed on an escape at the buzzer that would have sent it to overtime.
Of his 35 victories only five opponents have avoided being flattened.
At last week's Regionals, he pinned his first three foes in the first two minutes, then scored a 7-2 decision over workout partner Turner Young of Lake Oswego in the finals.
'I thought that was one of his best matches, because he went into it knowing he was the best wrestler in the bracket and forced the other guy to take all the risks - it was his smartest match of the season,' Barlow coach David Head said.
Dougharity hasn't been afraid of facing anyone on the mat, passing up his usual 220-pound slot during an early-season dual so that he could wrestle against Oregon City heavyweight Jared Groner - the reigning 6A state champ.
It was David calling out Goliath and leaving his sling on the ground to fight with his bare hands....
Look for the full story in the Feb. 22, edition of The Outlook.