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Scots in third place after first day at state

6A WRESTLING - Centennial's Austin Sukosd takes out the #2 seed in Friday's quarterfinals
by: Kris Anderson 
Josh Reyes of David Douglas works in the center of the mat during his 12-6 quarterfinal win over McNary’s Justin Lowe on Friday at the 6A state wrestling tournament. Reyes is the top seed in the 138-pound bracket.

The Mount Hood Conference saw plenty of action on the first day of the Oregon state wrestling tournament.

David Douglas ended the first day in third place with 50 points, while Roseburg is running away with the team title once again piling on 102 points.

The Scots will have to bolster their point total in the consolation rounds Saturday after seeing all but two of their wrestlers drop out of championship contention Friday.

Top-seeded Jeramiah Baker (120 pounds) suffered an unexpected early exit after a 7-2 loss to Morgan Walters of Crater in the second round. Baker found himself down 5-0 after the first two minutes.

'You get down by five (points) and it's hard to come back in the state championships,' Scots' head coach Ron Holyoak said. '(Baker) lost his scrambles and you have to win your scrambles to win the match.'

Baker took out his frustrations in the consolation bracket, pinning his first opponent in just 42 seconds to keep wrestling into Saturday's action.

Highlighting the day for the Scots was another #1 seed - Eljah Taylor at 138 pounds. He found himself licked in a defensive battle with Justin Lowe of McNary in his quarterfinal bout, using an escape to take a slim 4-3 lead into the final two minutes.

In the third round, Reyes was the aggressor using a series of takedowns to score a convincing 12-6 decision...

Look for extended first-day coverage in the Feb. 25, edition of The Outlook.