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Scots pile up pins, but still chasing Roseburg

David Douglas sits in second place after Day One with six wrestlers into Saturday's semifinals


Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas rookie Kyle Beal turned Roseburgs Ashton Faas in the opening seconds for a quick pin in Fridays only head-to-head bout between the top team contenders. PORTLAND — David Douglas put together a solid showing at the first day of the 6A state wrestling tournament, but will need some help from their friends around the state if it is going to prevent Roseburg from repeating as champions.

The Indians lead the tournament through Day One with 135 team points, pushing seven wrestlers into Saturday's pivotal semifinal round. David Douglas sits in second place with 90 points after putting together a 14-6 (.700) record in championship-bracket bouts, picking up bonus points in 11 of those victories.

The Scots have advanced six wrestlers into the semifinals, led by heavyweight Osa Odighizuwa who improved to 43-0 on the season with three quick wins Friday, pinning each of his state opponents inside of two minutes.

Kyle Beal (113) scored the Scots only head-to-head win over Roseburg on Friday, pinning Ashton Faas in 28 seconds. The teams aren't matched up in any bouts early Saturday. Beal added another pin in the quarterfinals.

David Douglas is loaded in the lightweights with Anthony Cha (106), Andrew Curry (120) and Nadari Shabanov joining Beal in the semifinals.

Brandin Colley (170) put on the Scots' most impressive run Friday, knocking off the tournament's No. 5 and No. 4 seeds by a combined 23-5 count. Next up is the No. 1 seed Corson Davis of Sprague.

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Izaiah Duran picked up four takedowns to surprise the No. 6 seed in the opening round at 145 pounds.

East County wrestlers pulled off a couple other surprises Friday with Gresham's Izaiah Duran pulling off four takedowns in a one-sided 10-4 win over No. 6 seed Nick Strand out of Canby.

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennials Connor Kurtz faced down No. 6 seed Kellen Poti of Tualatin in the opening round at 160 pounds.

Centennial's Connor Kurtz spun around on Kellen Poti's legs for a reversal to start the third period, during his 8-3 first-round upset over the No. 6 seed out of Tualatin.

Reynolds sophomore Sergio Zavala pushed No. 4 Antenah Demissie of Cleveland to the buzzer at 106 pounds, sitting in a 5-5 deadlock through most of the third period before Demissie scored an escape in the final half-minute.

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Zephraim Childs puts Wilsons Louie Rubenstein on the mat for a quick win in the pig-tail round to kick off Fridays session at Memorial Coliseum.

Barlow's Chandler Michael scored a first-period pin in his 145-pound quarterfinal bout, while teammate Zephraim Childs won an 11-1 major decision to advance at 170 pounds.

Gresham's Colby Winnett improved to 36-0 on the season surviving a 3-2 challenge against McMinnville's Alex Kless in the opening round. He scored an early takedown to grab the lead and fended off his opponent with solid footwork over the final two minutes. Winnett advanced to the 160-pound semifinals with a 13-4 major win over Roseburg's Brandon Jeffers.

At the 4A level, Corbett's Jerry Mealey dispatched each of his opponents in less than a minute to reach the 120-pound semifinals.

Look for coverage of East County wrestlers in state title bouts in our Tuesday, March 3, print edition.

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

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