Lions advance three wrestlers to state tourney
Andrew Duggan, Jon Luttrell, Dustin Ford will wrestle this weekend
Despite being more than a little shorthanded, the St. Helens Lions had a good showing at the Northwest Oregon Conference district wrestling tournament at Sandy last Friday and Saturday.
The Lions will send three wrestlers to the state tournament at Memorial Coliseum this Friday and Saturday: Andrew Duggan 132 pounds; Jon Luttrell at 152; and Dustin Ford at 195.
Ford had the highest finish for the squad, making it all the way to the finals before losing. He was seeded second and advanced with a bye, a first-round pin, and an 11-0 decision. He lost to Ryan Jurgens of Sherwood in the finals.
Duggan finished third overall. He moved up with a first-round pin, posted a major decision in the second round, but lost in the semis. He came back with two pins to win the consolation bracket.
It was a similar path for Luttrell. He got a bye in the first round, won by a technical fall and then lost by a pin in the semis to the district champ. He came back with two pins to take third.
Duggan will face T. J. Hancock of Pendleton in the first round of the state tournament. Luttrell is up against Jeremy Fischer of Hood River Valley. Ford takes on Ramon Ramirez of Hood River Valley in his first match at state.
St. Helens results:
Team scores: Sandy 408.5; Liberty 260; Sherwood 245, Milwaukie 158.5; Wilsonville 145, Rex Putnam 117, Parkrose 107.5; St. Helens 84.5.
120Jesse Vanderwall: pinned Zander Carlson (M), 5:57; pinned by Tristan Greco (W), 1:52; pinned by Hector Sandoval (L), :29. Jose Silva: pinned by Jon Morrell (Sa), 3:15; pinned Trevor Whisman (M), 1:33; dec. by Zander Carlson (M), 5-4.
1323) Andrew Duggan: pinned Jonathon Lloyd (W), 1:31; major dec. Sean Duenas (L), 12-3; pinned by Brandon Mowery (Sa), 3:09; pinned Garrett Heckenberg (Sh), :45; pinned Adam Buck (W), 5:07.
138Jacob Cottman: pinned by Alec Slaney (W), 1:29; pinned Alex Elmore (M), 3:14; pinned by Justin Hastrich (Sh), 3:42. Thomas Lavoie: pinned by Angel Morales (L), 3:52; dec. by Julio Corona (Sa), 9-8.
145Brandon Cupp: pinned by Josh Reyes (P), :28; pinned by Chase Edwards (M), :48. Logan Carter: pinned by A. J. Antillon (L), :36; pinned by Rhett Schilperoot (Sa), :44.
1523) Jon Luttrell: tech. Fall Zach Alben (W), 4:00; pinned by Tyler White (Sa), 1:20; pinned River Meyer (RP), :24; pinned Eric Lippi (M), 1:57. Zach Jennings: pinned by Hunter Dehlin (L), 3:55; pinned by Meyer (RP), 2:02.
170Gage Degraffenreid: pinned by Devin White (Sa), 2:56; pinned by Vince McFarland (RP), 2:04.
195Dustin Ford: pinned Jose Alaguna (L), :32; major dec. Clay Bispham (M), 11-0; major dec. by Ryan Jurgens (Sh), 15-5.