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Cooper, Erhardt, Couch win titles, Scappoose wrestling second at Cowapa League Championships

20 Indians make top-six finishes


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Cody Erhardt, ranked fifth in Class 4A at 160 pounds, won the Cowapa League championship at the same weight on Saturday at Scappoose High.Tyler Cooper, Cody Erhardt and Bret Couch won Cowapa League titles as the 11th-ranked Indians were second to No. 6 Tillamook for the third year in a row on Saturday at Scappoose High School.

“It’s good to see some of these kids before regionals, and it was good to see some of our older kids with experience get the job done,” Scappoose coach Nick Byrd said. “They have good intensity, and they’re eager to fight. They’re group-oriented and they’re not hung up on final results.”

Cooper, a junior ranked seventh in Class 4A at 113 pounds, beat Cheesemakers junior Seth Martin in the 120-pound championship.

“I was going in pretty confident because I won last year and was second the year before,” Cooper said. “It was about getting as many team points as possible, so I focused on the team aspect.”

Erhardt, a fifth-ranked senior at 160 pounds, beat Tillamook senior Tylor Garcia — seventh at 145 pounds — 5-3 for the title.

Couch, a freshman, opened with a pair of pins and beat Banks sophomore Max Merritt 4-2 at 195 pounds.

“My first two matches were kind of easy because the guys didn’t have much experience, but [against Merritt] instinct kicked in and I sprawled,” Couch said.

Tillamook won the team title with 355 points to the Indians’ 304.5.

Two days prior, on Thursday, Jan. 11, Scappoose beat Molalla 50-24 in the regular season finale.

Cooper pinned freshman Koby Wade in 1:23 at 120 pounds, Braxton Sue pinned sophomore Ryan Mount in 1:48 at 138 pounds, Zach Hanson pinned senior Chase Thompson in 1:28 at 152 pounds and Couch pinned freshman Justin Derrick in 16 seconds at 195 pounds.

Erhardt beat junior Jarett Gago by 17-1 technical fall at 160 pounds and Jhamante Woods beat senior AJ Escalante 7-3 at 220 pounds.

Brandon Goodnight (170 pounds), Zeddy Jamerson (182 pounds) and Garrett Wood (285) won by forfeit.

"We came together as a team," said Woods, a sophomore. "We'd never really wrestled Molalla before, but we went to their tournament [which the Indians won on Dec. 19]."

For Molalla, freshman Dustin Asher pinned Brendyn Wollette in 1:15 at 106 pounds, and sophomore Justice Davidson pinned Blake Johnston in 1:38 at 113 pounds.

Sophomore Wyatt Perkins beat Evan Miller 10-9 at 126 pounds. Freshman Emmett Smyth beat Colton Bush 5-0 at 145 pounds.

Sophomore Ben Pruitt won by forfeit at 132 pounds.

The Class 4A District 1 Tournament, from which the top four finishers in each weight class qualify for state, is set for 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday at Crook County High School in Prineville.

Tyson Broadbent was second and Cooper, Erhardt and Braxton Sue were third at the district meet last year.

The state championships are Feb. 26-27 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Crook County, winner of the last three Class 4A titles, is ranked first. Henley is second and Marshfield is third.

Scappoose finished fourth at state last year, third in 2014 and sixth in 2013.

The Indians won the Class 4A state title in 2010 and the Class AA title in 1974.

Scappoose has won 29 individual state titles, the most recent by Isaiah Goodrich at 182 pounds in 2014.

Scappoose 50, Molalla 24

106: Dustin Asher, M, pinned Brendyn Wollette, 1:15; 113: Justice Davidson, M, pinned Blake Johnston, 1:38; 120: Tyler Cooper, S, pinned Koby Wade, 1:23; 126: Wyatt Perkins, M, def. Evan Miller, 10-9; 132: Ben Pruitt, M, won by forfeit. 138: Braxton Sue, S, pinned Ryan Mount, 1:48; 145: Emmett Smyth, M, def. Colton Bush, 5-0; 152: Zach Hanson, S, pinned Chase Thompson, 1:28; 160: Cody Erhardt, S, def. Jarett Gago, technical fall, 17-1. 170: Brandon Goodnight, S, won by forfeit; 182: Zeddy Jamerson, S, won by forfeit; 195: Bret Couch, S, pinned Justin Derrick, :16; 220: Jhamante Woods, S, def. AJ Escalante, 7-3; 285: Garrett Wood, S, won by forfeit.

Cowapa League Championships

Scappoose results

106 - Brendyn Wollette second

Quarterfinal: Wollette received a bye; Semifinal: Wollette won by forfeit over Bethany Coon (Tillamook); First-place match: Juan Jimenez, Astoria, pinned Wollette, 1:41.

113 - Austin Norgaard fourth

Quarterfinal: Norgaard received a bye; Semifinal: Cameron Reeves, Tillamook, pinned Norgaard, 1:08; Consolation semifinal: Norgaard def. Blake Johnston, Scappoose, 5-4; Third-place match: Luis Macias, Tillamook, pinned Norgaard, 2:40.

113 - Blake Johnston fifth

Quarterfinal: Luis Macias, Tillamook, pinned Johnston, 3:59; Consolation round 1: Johnston received a bye; Consolation semifinal: Austin Norgaard, Scappoose, def. Johnston 5-4; Fifth-place match: Johnston received a bye.

120 - Tyler Cooper first

Quarterfinal: Cooper received a bye; Semifinal: Cooper pinned Zach Fern, Tillamook, 1:28; First-place match: Cooper def. Seth Martin, Tillamook, technical fall, 15-0.

126 - Evan Miller second

Quarterfinal: Miller pinned Alcantar Alfonso, Seaside, 1:31; Semifinal: Miller pinned Jona Koefer, Tillamook, 5:45; First-place match: Austin Weeks, Tillamook, won by fall over Miller, 5:12.

126 - Stephen Hanson sixth

Quarterfinal: Austin Weeks, Tillamook, pinned Hanson, :56; Consolation round 1: Hanson received a bye; Consolation semifinal: Jona Koefer, Tillamook, pinned Hanson, :29; Fifth-place match: Alcantar Alfonso, Seaside, pinned Hanson, :25.

132 - Braxton Sue second

Quarterfinal: Sue received a bye; Semifinal: Sue pinned Christopher Silveira, Tillamook, 1:19; First-place match: Justin Coon, Tillamook, def. Sue, 5-3.

138 - Colton Bush third

Quarterfinal: Bush received a bye; Semifinal: Caleb Werner, Tillamook, def. Bush 2-1; Consolation semifinal: Bush def. Sergio Cruz, Tillamook, major decision, 15-3; Third-place match: Bush pinned Isaac Cook, Scappoose, 1:22.

138 - Isaac Cook fourth

Quarterfinal: Cook def. Sergio Cruz, Tillamook, 7-2; Semifinal: Trey Hageman, Astoria, def. Cook, 6-5; Consolation semifinal: Cook received a bye; Third-place match: Colton Bush, Scappoose, pinned Cook, 1:22.

145 - Max Amaro third

Quarterfinal: Amaro won by forfeit; Semifinal: Trevor Thiessen, Banks, pinned Amaro, 1:59; Consolation semifinal: Amaro def. Oscar Plews, Banks, 6-3; Third-place match: Amaro def. Michael King, Banks, injury default.

152 - James Jones fourth

Quarterfinal: Jones def. Jared LuCore, Astoria, major decision, 10-2; Semifinal: Melchiah Mauck, Banks, def. Jones, major decision, 10-2; Consolation semifinal: Jones pinned Schyler Hollinger, Banks, 1:32; Third-place match: Elijah McRae, Tillamook, pinned Jones, 1:25.

152 - Zach Hanson second

Quarterfinal: Hanson pinned Schyler Hollinger, Banks, 5:08; Semifinal: Hanson def. Elijah McRae, Tillamook, 7-4; First-place match: Melchiah Mauck, Banks, def. Hanson, 8-1.

160 - Cody Erhardt first

Quarterfinal: Erhardt received a bye; Semifinal: Erhardt pinned Brian Rieger, Tillamook, 3:34; First-place match: Erhardt def. Tylor Garcia, Tillamook, 5-3.

160 - Jack Eggers fourth

Quarterfinal: Eggers received a bye; Semifinal: Tylor Garcia, Tillamook, def. Eggers, 9-2; Consolation semifinals: Eggers received a bye; Third-place match: Brian Rieger, Tillamook, def. Eggers, 9-7.

170 - Brandon Goodnight second

Quarterfinal: Goodnight pinned Dylan Landolt, Tillamook, 3:27; Semifinal: Goodnight pinned Bowles Raiden, Seaside, 5:03; First-place match: Trask Epling, Banks, pinned Goodnight, 3:13.

182 - Zeddy Jamerson second

Round 1: Jamerson def. Levi Crabtree, Tillamook, 9-2; Quarterfinal: Jamerson won by forfeit; Semifinal: Jamerson pinned Kaden Gilbert, Astoria, 5:58; First-place match: Christian Mata, Tillamook, pinned Jamerson, 1:21.

182 - Skyler Bhagat fourth

Round 1: Bhagat received a bye; Quarterfinal: Bhagat pinned Fenton Travis, Seaside, 2:42; Semifinal: Christian Mata, Tillamook, pinned Skyler Bhagat, :46; Consolation semifinal: Bhagat won by forfeit over Brendan Dreyer, Banks; Third-place match: Kaden Gilbert, Astoria, pinned Bhagat in 1:48.

195 - Bret Couch first

Quarterfinal: Couch pinned Jeffrey Stutznegger, Astoria, 1:37; Semifinal: Couch pinned Angel Torres, Tillamook, 1:34; First-place match: Couch def. Max Merritt, Banks, 4-2.

220 - Jhamante Woods second

Quarterfinal: Woods pinned Dylan Shafer, Banks, 3:25; Semifinal: Woods pinned Clay Pena, Banks, 2:25; First-place match: Luke Martin, Tillamook, def. Woods, 8-3.

285 - Alex Hansen

Round 1: Hansen received a bye; Quarterfinal: Skylor Africa-Barnes, Banks, def. Hansen, 2-1; Consolation round 2: Andrew Poplin, Astoria, pinned Hansen, 5:39.

285 - Garrett Wood fifth

Round 1: Wood received a bye; Quarterfinal: Twister McComas, Banks, pinned Wood, :59; Consolation round 2: Wood received a bye; Consolation round 3: Wood pinned Devin Thomas, Tillamook, :56; Consolation semifinal: Skylor Africa-Barnes, Banks, pinned Wood, 4:47; Fifth-place match: Wood def. Jacob Cason, Banks, 3-2.

Team scores

1. Tillamook 355

2. Scappoose 304.5

3. Banks 243

4. Astoria 126

5. Seaside 35