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Childs falls in overtime of a marquee showdown

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow senior Zeph Childs locks wrists with Glencoes Tyler Self in the 182-pound finale.

182-pound championship bout

Team Score
Tyler Self, Glencoe
Zeph Childs, Barlow

PORTLAND — Barlow High senior Zeph Childs was half-a-step away from a state wrestling title Saturday night only to see his opponent escape out of the circle to earn a second chance.

In what proved to be one of the most exciting bouts of Saturday’s championship session, Childs was locked into a battle with Glencoe’s Tyler Self — two wrestlers who came into the showdown with a combined 82-2 (.976). Neither wanted to end up on the short end on the Coliseum floor.

The bout saw two ties and three lead changes before Self had his arm raised with a 7-5 overtime decision.

Childs put Self to his knees to start overtime, but the move happened at the edge of the circle allowing his opponent to tumble out of harm’s way. Self put together a quick move off the restart to get into Childs’ body and bring him down for the winning points.

Childs blitzed through the earlier rounds with a pair of quick pins and a steady 8-2 decision in the quarterfinals.

Look for expanded tournament coverage in our Tuesday, March 1, print edition.

View photos from the tournament at daveball.exposuremanager.com.