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PRESP: David Douglas wrestlers roll through district

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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Anthony Cha of David Douglas High keeps his balance against teammate Dillon Nunes in the 113-pound final at the Mt. Hood Conference district meet last week. Cha won 10-3.The David Douglas High wrestling team flexed its muscle at the Mt. Hood Conference district tournament last weekend and established itself as a main player for when Class 6A teams converge on Memorial Coliseum for the Feb. 26-27 Oregon School Activities Associaton championships.

The Scots crowned won nine weight classes Saturday night, with a run of seven straight through the middle weights.

David Douglas piled up 430 points — almost 150 more than runner-up Barlow.

The most exciting bout of the night came at 160 pounds. David Douglas' Jamerz Magomadov scored a 7-5 decision over Oregon City's Joshua Tuthill in a showdown that went down to the final ticks on the clock.

Magomadov built a 5-0 lead in the second period, when he dragged his toes for a takedown at the edge of the circle. But a series of stalling calls cost him three points, and the two circled the center circle tied 5-5 with less than a minute to go.

Magomadov noticed the timekeeper step onto the mat tracking the ref to signal the end of the match. Time was short. He ducked a late lunge and circled around Tuthill for the winning takedown with four seconds left.

“I was waiting for the perfect opportunity, then I saw her walking onto the mat and knew I had to get it done right here,” Magomadov said. “He came in with a shot, I cross-faced him, hooked my arms under, and I knew I had him.”

Gianni Olivo of David Douglas also picked up a dramatic win by fall, taking the 170-pound final after finding himself trailing Barlow's Thomas Cousins 3-1 late in the second round.

Olivo got in on his opponent's leg for a takedown that knotted the score heading into the final two minutes.

“I knew I was down, but I just had to keep listening to my coaches and sticking with the game plan,” Olivo said.

He started the final period in the top position and went to work on a near-fall to gain the lead. The two battled in the center of the mat before Olivo put his opponent on his side and spent the next 20 seconds trying to turn Cousins for back points.

Olivo managed to get a short count from the referee to gain the lead as the clock moved under a minute, and Olivo eventually earned a pin with 26 seconds remaining.

“We've wrestled before so I knew he would put up a fight,” Olivo said. “Once I got him on his side, I just had to keeping prying and prying until I got him to his back.”

The Scots had a pair of practice room showdowns in title bouts Saturday, with Anthony Cha scoring a 10-3 decision over teammate Dillon Nunes at 113 pounds, and Nadari Shabanov winning a 13-5 major decision over teammate Bryce McKinley at 132.

“Those are the most relaxing matches of the tourney — I don't have to stress about who wins those,” Scots coach Ron Holyoak said.

David Douglas heavyweight Osa Odighizuwa continued his perfect season with a series of first-round pins. Centennial's Tauati Fanene put up some resistance early in the final, locking wrists in the center of the mat. But Odighizuwa drew a collective gasp from the crowd with a quick spin move, grabbing his opponent's feet before he could get out of the circle. The takedown turned into a pin with six seconds left in the first period.

The Scots also got weight-class titles from Kyle Beal (126) with a 7-1 decision, Andrey Gamza (132) with a second-round pin, Mamed Razatdinou (145) with a 9-1 major decision and Tristin Molinari (152) with a third-round pin.

Islam Usmanov was second at 120 pounds.

David Douglas qualified 15 wrestlers for the state tournament. The Scots got a boost in the upper weight classes, as Ja'Bryce McDavid scored a takedown at the edge of the circle for a 6-4 overtime win in the third-place bout at 195 pounds.

Defending 6A champ Roseburg will bring 19 wrestlers to the coliseum.

“We would have liked to have sent a few more,” Holyoak said. “We've got some catching up to do, but we'll get ready here over the next few weeks.”