Tualatin also places third at South Albany tournament

It turned out to be a big week for the Tualatin High School wrestling team.

First, the Timberwolves scored a dual meet win over McKay last Thursday. Then, on Saturday, Tualatin followed that up with a strong performance at the Mid-Valley Classic, held at South Albany High School.

The big week started with a 47-34 victory over McKay in a Special District 3 dual meet held at McKay High School in Salem.

With the victory, Tualatin upped its district dual meet record to 5-3.

The Wolves picked up wins in eight of the 14 matches on the night, with six of those wins coming by fall.

Junior Blake Reser had the quickest victory on the night for Tualatin, as he pinned McKay’s Adam Dryden in a time of 1 minute and 16 seconds in the 138-pound match.

Tualatin senior Kage Wabaunsee pinned Christian Garblay-Ochoa in 1:22 in the 170-pound match and Timberwolf junior Franklin Giannone pinned Karl Emmrich in 1:25 at 160 pounds.

Tualatin senior Cody Summers also had a first-round pin, as he defeated David Hernandez in 1:45.

Also for the Wolves, junior John Whitaker pinned Jose Mendez in 4:46 in the 138-pound match and senior Dane Simonsen defeated Skyler Stacks in 3:55 at 220 pounds.

Tualatin junior Jeff Whitaker scored a 16-0 technical fall victory over Tyson Cole at 120 pounds and freshman Alexey Blair picked up a forfeit victory at 132 pounds.

In Saturday’s Mid-Valley Classic, the Wolves finished in third place in the team standings with 205 points. The host South Albany squad took first place with a score of 251 and Sunset was second at 240.

Tualatin had four wrestlers claim championships at the tourney.

Reser took the top spot at 138 pounds, Wabaunsee won the tourney title at 170, sophomore Kellen Poti was first at 182 and Summers was the champion at 285.

Jeff Whitaker placed second at 113, John Whitaker was second at 132, Giannone was second at 160 and junior Andy Collins was second at 195.

Tualatin will finish up its district dual meet schedule tonight (Thursday) when it hosts Newberg in a match set to start at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

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