Bowen second, Allen fourth, Beisley and Olmedo fifth at Class 5A wrestling state championships
Lions take 10th for best finish in a decade
Michael Bowen's second-place finish helped the Lions to their best OSAA Class 5A Wrestling State Championships campaign in a decade.
Bowen survived his semifinal match on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland as Sandy senior and defending 126-pound champion Zac Wigzell was disqualified with an illegal slam.
Medical staff forbid Bowen, however, from entering the championship match against second-seeded Silverton senior Austin Reed despite passing concussion protocol.
"I've wrestled [Wigzell] before and came out on top," said Bowen, a senior who was fifth at 132 pounds last year. "I knew he was going to try something like that, wrestling over the top and punching and grappling."
Bowen beat Lebanon junior Cameron Alley 9-2 in the first round on Friday, and pinned fourth-seeded Eagle Point senior Michael Hammond in 1:36 in the quarterfinals.
Haidon Allen, who needed only a month to heal from a broken leg suffered in St. Helens football's state playoff appearance, was fourth at 132 pounds on Saturday.
Allen, a sixth seed, beat Crater junior Collin Lee by 16-0 technical fall in the first round, bounced Sandy senior Steven Patton by 13-5 major decision, fell to Reed in 1:05 in the semifinal, beat eigth-ranked Lebanon freshman Chase Miller 10-4 in the consolation semifinal and fell 5-3 to Wigzell in the third-place match.
"I did well the first day, and I felt like I should have been in the finals against Wigzell," Allen said. "It feels good to place at state, and next year is my year."
Colton Beisley and Miguel Olmedo were fifth at 145 and heavyweight as St. Helens made its 10th appearance in as many years.
Beisley, a fourth seed, beat Ridgeview junior Julio Osorio 8-5 in the first round, pinned fifth-seeded Hillsboro senior Gabe Schade in 4:21 in the quarterfinals, fell 6-2 to No. 1 Central senior Collin Swinehart in the semifinal, ceded a 2-0 sudden victory to sixth-ranked Sandy senior Blaine Hays in the consolation semifinals, then beat Schade again, 7-6, for fifth.
"I started pretty strong and lost to the first seed," said Beisley, the junior Northwest Oregon Conference champion. "I had close matches I could have won, but I didn't. I wrestled Hays again and it was 0-0 in OT. I worked the legs, but it was hard to get anything from him. I beat Gabe for the third time."
Olmedo pinned eighth-ranked South Albany senior Dexter Rimer in 3:01 in the first round, fell to top-seeded Central junior Marlon Tuipulotu in 2:34 in the quarterfinal, pinned Central sophomore Caleb Sedlacek in 3:27 in the second consolation round, beat sixth-seeded Hillsboro junior Enrique Guerra 7-2 in the third consolation round, fell 2-1 to No. 4 Putnam senior Zack Mason in a consolation semifinal tiebreaker, then pinned Rimer again, in 3:50, for fifth.
"It was definitely better than I thought it would be," Olmedo said. 'I was hoping to go for third or fourth, and I came in with the other heavyweights and things went my way. I listened to [assistant coach] Greg Gadbois if I listen to Greg, I should win the majority of my matches."
Jose Silva, a 126-pound senior, fell to seventh-seeded Hood River sophomore Jason Shaner in 5:27 in the first round, then fell to Crater junior Bryce Cwiklinski in :59 in the first consolation round.
Elias Fields, a 126-pound junior, fell to fourth-seeded Churchill sophomore Cade Ezell in 1:14 in the first round and yielded a 14-3 major decision to Pendleton freshman Alex Rendon in the first consolation round.
Colton Albertson, a 220-pound junior, fell 3-0 to third-seeded Crater sophomore Beau Crawford, won an 11-0 major decision over South Albany sophomore Angel Huerta-Carrera in the first round of consolation, pinned Churchill freshman Jayden DeFond in :59 in the second consolation round and fell to fifth-seeded Lebanon senior Arien Craggett in 2:06 in the third consolation round.
Hermiston (226.5 points) won its ninth state title in 10 years. Churchill (137 points) was second and Crater (137 points) was third.
The Lions were 10th with 67.5 points.
"I'm very impressed, especially with district last week, because we made a name for ourselves," Bowen said. "Cole [Albertson] was only a match from placing, but he got caught."
St. Helens graduates Bowen, Silva, John DeWitt, Thomas LaVoie, Luca Sabbatini, Logan Carter, Geoff Thompson, Brandon Cupp and James Poland.
OSAA Class 5A Wrestling State Championships
St. Helens results
126 - Jose Silva (22-10)
Round 1: Jason Shaner, Hood River Valley, pinned Silva, 5:27; Consolation round 1: Bryce Cwiklinski, Crater, pinned Silva, :59.
126 - Elias Fields (10-12)
Round 1: Cade Ezell, Churchill, pinned Fields, 1:14; Consolation round 1: Alex Rendon, Pendleton, def. Fields, major decision, 14-3.
132 - Haidon Allen (10-7) 4th
Round 1: Allen def. Collin Lee, Crater, technical fall, 16-0; Quarterfinal: Allen def. Steven Patton, Sandy, major decision, 13-5; Semifinal: Austin Reed, Silverton, pinned Allen, 1:05; Consolation semifinal: Allen def. Chase Miller, Lebanon, 10-4; Third-place match: Zachary Wigzell, Sandy, def. Allen, 5-3.
132 - Michael Bowen (28-6) 2nd
Round 1 - Bowen def. Cameron Alley, Lebanon, 9-2; Quarterfinal: Bowen pinned Michael Hammond, Eagle Point, 1:36; Semifinal: Bowen def. Zachary Wigzell, Sandy, disqualification. Championship match: Austin Reed, Silverton, def. Bowen, medical forfeit.
145 - Colton Beisley (30-9) 5th
Round 1: Beisley def. Julio Osorio, Ridgeview, 8-5; Quarterfinal: Beisley pinned Gabe Schade, Hillsboro, 4:21; Semifinal: Collin Swinehart, Central, def. Beisley, 6-2; Consolation semifinal: Blane Hays, Sandy, def. Beisley, sudden victory, 2-0; Fifth-place match: Beisley def. Schade, 7-6.
220: Colton Albertson (23-6)
Round 1: Beau Crawford, Crater, def. Albertson, 3-0; Consolation round 1: Albertson def. Angel Huerta-Carrera, South Albany, major decision, 11-0; Consolation round 2: Albertson pinner Jayden DeFond, Churchill, :59; Consolation round 3: Arien Craggett, Lebanon, pinned Albertson, 2:06.
285 - Miguel Olmedo (10-5) 5th
Round 1: Olmedo pinned Dexter Rimer, South Albany, 3:01; Quarterfinal: Marlon Tuipulotu, Central, pinned Olmedo, 2:34; Consolation round 2: Olmedo pinned Caleb Sedlacek, Central, 3:27; Consolation round 3: Olmedo def. Enrique Guerra, Hillsboro, 7-2; Consolation semifinal: Zack Mason, Putnam, def. Olmedo, tiebreaker, 2-1; Fifth-place match: Olmedo pinned Rimer, 3:50.