The Tigard wrestling team falls to unbeaten Grizzlies

McMINNVILLE — The Tigers may have been too young.

Or, maybe McMinnville was too experienced and too physical.

No matter what, it turned out to be a night of learning for the Tigard High School wrestling team.

The youthful Tiger squad battled hard, but fell to the Grizzlies 57-18 in a Special District 3 dual match held last Thursday at McMinnville High School.

“We wrestled hard, but McMinnville is beating everyone like that,” Tigard coach Geoff Jarman said. “McMinnville is pretty old and physical. We practiced for that, but we weren’t ready for their physicality. It definitely was a learning experience.”

McMinnville improved to 5-0 in Special District 3 matches with the victory. Tigard moved to 0-5 in league matches.

Tigard did have some highlights in the match, as the Tigers ended the night with three straight pins.

Tigard junior Alex Anohkin won by fall at 195 pounds, sophomore Austin Goodhouse won by fall at 220 and junior Victor Ceja capped off the night with a pinfall victory at 285.

“That was nice,” Jarman said. “But it was too little, too late.”

The Tigers also had some close calls. Junior Trevor Ellison lost a 6-5 decision at 145 pounds. Senior Mark Hall was edged 3-0 at 152 and junior Phil Engle fell 4-3 at 160.

“All of those could have gone either way,” Jarman said.

Tigard was scheduled to wrestle McKay and Newberg Wednesday in a Special District 3 double dual meet held at McKay High School in Salem. Results of those matches weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Tigers will be back in action Saturday when they compete at the Southridge Tournament, which is set to start at 10 a.m. at Southridge High School.

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