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Wrestling: Scappoose beats Banks on senior night

Indians top Banks 46-27


The Banks Braves kept things interesting with a string of mid-weight success, but the Scappoose Tribe had the last laugh in a 46-27 victory on Wednesday evening. It was senior night for the Indians, and the beginning of the end for a handful of deeply successful high school careers.

Alex Foumal was the first wrestler to actually see action after Banks forfeited at 113 and 120, and didn't disappoint the fans who had waited through the junior varsity matches and senior night ceremonies. Foumal toyed with Banks' 126-pound Dominik Watts before getting a pin in the final ten seconds of the first round, giving Scappoose an 18-0 lead.

The Braves, though, had a streak of their own all set to roll. Banks' Kurt Mode, Collin Purinton and Trevor Thiessen all won by fall to tie the score at 18 heading into the 152-pound match between Cody Erhardt and Banks' Damian Young, which Erhardt won by fall with nine seconds left on the clock.

Two bouts later, Ben Gadbois pulled a similar trick in his final home match as an Indian, getting a pin of Trask Epling at 170 pounds in 5:56. The win gave Scappoose a 30-24 edge with three of the Indians' top talents still waiting on the bench. Tyson Broadbent's pin of eighth-ranked Evan King set Scappoose up to clinch things in the 220-pound match, a tussle between Devin Ray and Banks junior Twistier McComas. Ray was aggressive throughout the first two minutes, throwing McComas about and building a big lead for an eventual 16-8 major decision to secure the match.

Tayler Heaton, starting in the varsity regular season finale while fellow senior Colton Wheeler worked for a pin on the JV side, capped things with a win by fall over Banks 285-pounder Skylor Africa-Barnes in just under 90 seconds.

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