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Wolves turn things up in mat action

Tualatin pins down Sprague and also takes third at tourney


SALEM — It turned out to be a pretty good week for the Tualatin High School wrestling team.

First, the Timberwolves picked up a Special District 3 dual match victory. Then, Tualatin turned in a strong performance at the Dallas Tournament on Saturday.

“A lot of our kids are learning to battle,” Tualatin coach Matt Hamilton said. “They’re battling back against tough kids. That’s the lesson we’re learning.’

Last Thursday, the Timberwolves downed Sprague 36-29 in a Special District 3 dual match held at Sprague High School. With the victory, Tualatin upped its district record to 3-2.

Tualatin four wrestlers win by fall at that match.

Junior Jeff Whitaker scored a second-round pin of Sprague’s Jared Hample to get things started.

At 160 pounds, Tualatin junior Franklin Giannone downed Andy Adanna in a time of 4 minutes and 38 seconds.

In the 170-pound bout, Timberwolf senior Kage Wabaunsee defeated Kyle Willis in 4:54 and, in the 285-pound match, Tualatin senior Cody Summer pinned Eric Guerrero in 2:33.

Tualatin senior Max Houston posted a 6-2 decision win over Jake Vaughn at 126 pounds. Timberwolf sophomore Kellen Poti scored a 2-1 decision win over Troy Dunn at 182 pounds.

Tualatin senior Kenny Walther won by forfeit at 285.

On Saturday, the Wolves placed third in the 10-team Dallas Tournament with 208 points.

Tualatin had a pair of tournament champions in Wabaunsee, who took the top spot at 170 pounds, and Summers, who placed first at 285.

Junior John Whitaker took second place at 132, junior Blake Reser was second at 138 and Walther was the runner-up at 220.

Jeff Whitaker, at 106, and Houston, at 126, both had third-placed finishes.

Also placing for the Wolves were junior Bryan Soberanis-Perez (fourth at 195), Poti (fifth at 170) and Giannone (sixth at 160).

Tualatin was slated to wrestle both North Salem and West Salem in a Special District 3 three-way match on Wednesday. Results of those matches weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday and Saturday when they compete at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held in Redmond.




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