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Wrestling: Four Indians place at Tournament of Champions

Sue, Gadbois, Ray, Wheeler all make top-five


While the Indians didn't make the top-five at last weekend's Tournament of Champions at Liberty High School, they did walk way with a major victory for the program this season — Colton Wheeler is back.

The senior, sidelined for two months after an injury during football season, took fifth place at the high-rollers tournament and scored the second-highest point total for Scappoose.

As a team, the Tribe took ninth and were only outscored by one other Class 4A team: Crook County, the favorite to repeat as state champions.

Wheeler's return creates an interesting problem for the Indians in the remaining dual-action showings this year: who to start between Wheeler and Tayler Heaton, who had more than carried the load through the first several months of the season. Either way, it beefs up an already loaded upper-weight group for Scappoose, including Devin Ray, Tyson Broadbent and Johnny Tardif.

For Ray, who reached 30 wins on the season while taking 3rd place for Scappoose, it came down to a possible state tournament preview with Crook County's Trevor Rasmussen. The match was, in fact, a rematch of their tussle at the Oregon Wrestling Classic in Redmond just a week earlier, a match which Ray led before misstepping and losing by fall in the final minute of the bout.

At Liberty High School, things were equally close. This time, Ray managed to hang with Rasmussen for three rounds, but scored only one point and lost a 3-1 decision. It was the only loss of the tournament for Ray, who dominated Redmond's Mario Nonato in the consolation semifinal and took a 3-2 decision from Jesee Rodelo of Hermiston in the third-place match.

Ben Gadbois, at 160 pounds, also had his perfect tournament upended by a Crook County bandit. Brendan Harkey pinned Gadbois at the Oregon Wrestling Classic and was able to repeat his performance to pull out a first-round win by fall to send Gadbois to the consolation bracket where he was eventually pinned by Eagle Point's James McCoy — Class 5A's top-ranked 160-pounder — in two minutes flat.

The Indians also got solid contributions from Braxton Sue, wrestling back down at 120 pounds. Sue won by 16-0 technical fall in his first match, but lost a 5-4 decision to Cascade's Logan Humphrey in a battle between two top-five wrestlers. Sue made his way to the consolation championship with three big results, only to lose another match up with Humphrey in the third-place match, this time by a 1-0 decision.

Tardif scored eight points for Scappoose after a 10-3 loss to Hillsboro's TJ Cavender in the first match of the day, but had to forfeit in the consolation quarterfinal due to medical reasons. Cavender took third overall, winning a 3-2 decision over Sandy's Spencer Barnett.

Scappoose also got points from Tyson Broadbent, Cody Erhardt and Logan Brooks, but none of the three managed to place in the tournament.

The Indians will host Banks on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in their final dual before the Cowapa League Championships on Feb. 7.

SUMMARY

Top-10 Team Scores

1 Crook County 303

2 Roseburg 244.5

3 Hillsboro 161

4 Redmond 141.5

5 David Douglas 125

6 Dallas 110

7 Eagle Point 102

8 Hermiston 101

9 Scappoose 98

10 Sprague 93

Other Class 4A Teams:

21 Cascade 44

24 North Marion 20

Scappoose placers:

120 — Braxton Sue, 4th place

160 — Ben Gadbois, 4th place

220 — Devin Ray, 3rd place

285 — Colton Wheeler, 5th place

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