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St. Helens wrestling still undefeated in league

Lions fight past Parkrose 48-36 to move to 4-0 in NWOC competition


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - St. Helens' Andrew Orr wrestles Joshua Reyes of Parkrose in the first round of the 152 match. The Lions defeated Parkrose 48-36 to move to 4-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference competition.Heading into Thursday's wrestling dual between St. Helens and Parkrose, the match everybody wanted to see was a big one: Undefeated Lion freshman Myles Terry against undefeated and defending Class 6A champion Josh Reyes. Terry, returning from an injury and slated to wrestle Reyes at 152 pounds, never got the chance.

It was a strange dual for St. Helens (10-9, 4-0 NWOC), who beat Parkrose 48-36 to stretch their conference winning streak to four with three duals remaining. The oddity wasn't on the Lions' sideline, but their opponent's. A little shuffling around of the Broncos' lineup left junior Cody Jackson, also returning from an injury, without an opponent.

“He's a beast,” said Head Coach JR Jackson, Cody's father. “They didn't want to wrestle him.”

A frustrating insight into a little gamesmanship when it comes to winning a wrestling dual, the move got six points for the Lions, but forced St. Helens to bump Terry from 152 up to 160 and out of his matchup with Reyes. Its a common switch from wrestling coaches, who would rather give up six points in one weight class and pick up six more in another than run the risk of losing both.

It worked out exactly as planned for both teams. Reyes picked up a win by fall at 152, and Terry got the fastest victory of the entire dual, pinning Steven Ho in 1:19 to tie the score at 24.

The Broncos picked up a trio of wins by fall at 138, 145 and 152, but then it was Myles Terry's turn. Like Jackson, Terry was in his first match back from an injury. Unlike Jackson, Terry got the chance to wrestle, and wrestle he did, pinning Steven Ho in 1:19 to tie the score at 24.

Silen Nichols pinned his opponent late in the second round to give the Lions a 30-24 lead, an advantage they would never relinquish. James Poland picked up another win by fall at 195, and though Parkrose won the 220 match to tie things once again, the Broncos forfeited at 285 and 106 to give St. Helens the 48-36 victory.

St. Helens will compete in their final home meet of the season on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. against Liberty. They'll round off the conference meets with a visit to Sherwood on Feb. 6 and by traveling to Sandy on Feb. 13.

SUMMARY

St Helens (STHE) 48.0 Parkrose (PARK) 36.0

113: Haidon Allen, STHE, forf.

120: Trevor Wonderly, PARK, pinned Colton Beisley, STHE, 5:59.

126: Cody Jackson, STHE, forf.

132: Michael Bowen, STHE, pinned Ray Hernandez-Bello, PARK, 2:53.

138: Ryan Wheeless, PARK, pinned Thomas Lavoie, STHE, 2:19.

145: Cody Wood, PARK, pinned Brandon Cupp, STHE, 2:41.

152: Joshua Reyes, PARK, pinned Andrew Orr, STHE, 1:40.

160: Myles Terry, STHE, pinned Steven Ho, PARK, 1:19.

170: Zilen Nichols, STHE, pinned Kapree Murray, PARK, 3:50.

182: Kyeanna Henry, PARK, pinned Daniel Eliott, STHE, 5:39.

195: James Poland, STHE, pinned Richard Vong, PARK, 5:39.

220: Kiefer Sebastian, PARK, pinned Colton Albertson, STHE, 3:25.

285: Mario Olmedo, STHE, forf.

106: Tyler Cooper, STHE, forf.