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PREP WATCH: Cowboys whoop it up at Tournament of Champions

Odighizuwa's victory helps David Douglas place sixth


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - David Douglas sophomore Osawaru Odighizuwa gets the upper hand on Riley Sipe of Dallas to win the 220-pound title bout.

HILLSBORO — The Crook County Cowboys flexed their muscles Saturday, winning the Reser’s Tournament of Champions wrestling showcase by a wide margin over a field of the state’s top teams.

The Cowboys crowned three champions and put a wrestler into the semifinals in 11 of the 14 weight classes. Crook County piled up 274 points over the two-day tournament and finished 50 points ahead of runner-up Roseburg.

Tyler Berger supplied the finishing touch to the title run by scoring a second-round pin over Crater’s Tom Winningham in the 152-pound finale — the last bout of the night. He pinned all four of his opponents over the weekend, needing less than a minute to finish off two of them.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Crook County's Tyler Berger takes out the leg of Crater's Tom Winningham en route to a pin in the 152-pound final. It was Berger's fourth Tournament of Champions crown.It marked the fourth straight TOC crown for Berger, who has signed to wrestle at Nebraska next season.

“I’ve been watching this tournament since middle school — it’s a dream come true, it’s going to take a moment for it to soak in,” Berger said. “I want to put on a relentless attack, wear the other guy out and make him want to quit.”

  • Colbran Meeker scored a 9-3 win over David Douglas senior Ricky Molinari in the 145-pound final. Meeker took quick command with a takedown and near-fall near the edge of the mat shortly after the opening whistle.

    “I was lucky enough to keep him in bounds. He rolled out, but I had enough mat to work with and was able to pull him back in,” Meeker said. “I got those early points and just had to keep the pressure on.”

    Meeker pinned three of four opponents on his way to the finals.

    Trayton Libolt got Crook County’s night off to a strong start with an 8-5 win over No. 1 seed Casey Coulter of Grants Pass in the 113-pound title bout. Coulter tripped out a leg for a takedown and a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period, but Libolt answered with a takedown and near-fall for the winning points with a minute remaining.

    “Going into that last round down, I knew I needed to push the pace,” Libolt said. “I got in on his leg and knew I’d be able to get back points.”

  • David Douglas highlighted the Portland-area schools by putting three wrestlers into championship bouts.

    Sophomore Osawaru Odighizuwa claimed the 220-pound bracket with a 9-2 decision over Riley Sipe of Dallas High.

    Odighizuwa put the match out of reach when he dodged an attack late in the second round and charged into Sipe for a takedown in the center circle to carry a 6-1 lead into the last two minutes.

    “I got the lead and was able to open up my offense and get after him,” Odighizuwa said.

    The Scots finished sixth in the team tally with 110.5 points.

  • by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Hermiston sophomore Samuel Shields-Colbray has his arm raised after winning the 195-pound weight bracket Saturday.

    Hermiston sophomore Samuel Shields-Colbray hadn’t allowed an opponent to get out of the first round all weekend, and he wasn’t about to let that change in Saturday’s 195-pound championship bout. The two-time national Greco champion set the tone quickly with a pair of near-falls in the first 30 seconds against No. 3 seed Zach Smith of Crook County.

    “The mindset was to stay aggressive and not take anything for granted,” Shields-Colbray said. “Whatever opened up first is what I was going to take.”

    He added another near-fall to go up 12-2 with the clocking winding down at the end of the first period. As it moved under 10 seconds, Shields-Colbray charged forward and sent Smith to his back.

    The buzzer sounded at nearly the same moment as the referee slapped the mat.

    After a brief discussion, it was ruled that the clock saved Smith from a pin, but the near-fall points were enough to give Shields-Colbray a 17-2 technical fall after just two minutes of action.

    He pinned his first three opponents in a combined 3:25.

    “This is how state should be with all the classes combined, so it feels great to come in here and win it,” Shields-Colbray said.

  • Roseburg’s Cole Van Anrooy (132) and Layne Van Anrooy (138) won back-to-back weight classes in the middle weights, each scoring one-point decisions in their title matches. Teammate Max Hane scored a pin, a technical fall and a major decision on his road to the 182-pound title.

    Also winning weight classes Saturday night were Cody Bibler of Dallas (106), Tyler Schilling of Sweet Home (120), Century’s Brennan Baccay (126), Cascade’s Spencer Crawford (160), Oregon City’s Tanner Fischer (170) and Canby’s Alejandro Sandoval (285).

  • View a photo gallery from Saturday’s placing matches at …

    http://daveball.exposuremanager.com/g/jan25_tournament_of_champions