The wrestling event will be held Friday and Saturday

TUALATIN — The Tigard High School wrestling team has prepared for the Special District 3 Regional Tournament all season.

Now, the young Tiger squad is looking to turn that preparation into success.

Tigard is hoping to make plenty of noise at the regional event, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Tualatin High School.

“If we go out and perform like we’re capable, we could take four or five wrestlers to state,” Tigard coach Geoff Jarman said.

Wrestling at the regional tourney gets underway Friday at noon.

On Saturday, action starts at 10 a.m. with semifinal matches. The championship finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The top four finishers in each weight class at the regional tournament will advance to compete at the Class 6A State Tournament, which will be held Feb. 22-23 at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

Tigard junior Victor Ceja is the No. 1 seed at 285 pounds going into the regional event.

“He’s wrestling well,” Jarman said of Ceja, who has 30 wins on the season.

Tiger senior Mark Hall is seeded in the No. 2 spot at 145 pounds.

“He should do good,” Jarman said.

Tigard junior Alex Anohkin, a second-year wrestler, is the No. 5 seed at 195 pounds.

“If we wrestles to the best of his capabilities, he can get to the finals,” Jarman said.

Other Tigard wrestlers who could surprise at the regional tourney include junior Phil Engle at 160 pounds and sophomore Eli Neely at 152.

“He’s got a home run pinning move,” Jarman said.

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