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Bowmen trio claim district gold


Sherwood is sending nine wrestlers to the state tournament

by: DAN BROOD - YEAH -- Sherwood High School junior Andrew Rice points to the Bowmen cheering section after he pinned Sandy's Chad Rund in 19 seconds in a 160-pound semifinal match Saturday at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Tournament. SANDY — Mike Coulter knew exactly what he wanted to do.

Andrew Rice wanted to get things done as quickly as possible.

Ryan Jurgens wanted some redemption.

All three of those Sherwood High School wrestlers rode their motivation and preparation to semifinal wins Saturday morning at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Tournament — clinching Class 5A state tourney berths in the process — and then they took things a step further.

Coulter, a Bowmen sophomore, and Rice and Jurgens, both juniors, battled their way to tournament championships later on Saturday at the tournament held at Sandy High School.

“I’m very excited about going to state,” said Coulter, who won the district tournament title at 126 pounds. “I went last year as a freshman, and I’m very proud to go again.”

“That’s huge for me,” said Rice, who won at 160 pounds. “It’s been my goal. I’ve worked hard for this all year.”

Coulter, Jurgens and Rice will be joined by six of their Sherwood teammates at the upcoming state tourney.

The top four finishers each weight division at the NWOC district tourney advance to compete in the Class 5A state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

“I’m very excited about state,” said Jurgens, who won a district title at 195 pounds. “I was fifth last year. I’m going to try to go for the top.”by: PARKER LEE - TITLE-MATCH TAKEDOWN -- Sherwood High School junior Ryan Jurgens takes down St. Helens' Dustin Ford during the 195-pound championship match Saturday night at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Tournament. Jurgens won 15-5.

After drawing a first-round bye, Jurgens opened district tournament action by pinning Parkrose junior Kyeanne Henry in a time of 22 seconds in a quarterfinal match.

That put Jurgens in a semifinal match against Wilsonville junior Justin Hamilton with a state bid going to the winner. Jurgens lost to Hamilton, after suffering an injury, during the teams’ dual match earlier in the season.

Hamilton took a 2-0 lead with a first-round takedown coming in the district semifinal rematch. Jurgens came back with a reversal later in the round to tie up the. Jurgens took charge from there.

He scored on a reversal and a two-point nearfall in the second round. Jurgens then got a takedown in the third round and then he pinned Hamilton at the 5 minute and 14 second mark of the match.

“I wanted to redeem myself,” Jurgens said after that win. “But he’s gotten better. It was a good rivalry match.”

In the 195-pound championship match, Jurgens got a 15-5 major decision win over St. Helens senior Dustin Ford.

Jurgens, the No. 4 seed, will open the state tournament Friday with a first-round match against Hood River Valley senior Tyler Wilson.

Coulter opened his district tournament title trek by pinning Wilsonville’s Grant LaBar in 1:32 in a first-round match. In the quarterfinals, Coulter defeated Rex Putnam’s Eligh Miller-Polvka by fall in 3:15.

In his semifinal match against Milwaukie sophomore Chris Burton, Coulter found himself trailing 6-5 after Burton scored on a takedown with 1:35 left in the second round.

But that’s when Coulter took charge. He was awarded a penalty point and then he scored on both a reversal and two-point nearfall to claim a 10-6 lead going into the third round.

Coulter then got a three-point nearfall early in the third round and then he pinned Burton with 1:08 remaining in the match.

“I thought about what I’d need to do,” Coulter said after that victory. “I decided to go for the arm bar, and that worked. I expected it to be a good fight.”by: DAN BROOD - SEMI TOUGH -- Sherwood sophomore Mike Coulter (top) stays in charge in his district tournament semifinal match with Milwaukie's Chris Burton.

In the championship finals, Coulter posted an 11-9 decision win over Parkrose junior Ray Hernandez.

Coulter, a No. 4 seed, will open the state tourney with a first-round match against Silverton sophomore Cayman Goin.

“I’m hoping to win a match or two,” Coulter said.

Rice, after receiving a first-round bye, pinned Milwaukie’s David Ferguson in 1:09 in the 160-pound district quarterfinal match.

In the semifinals, Rice got a much quicker win, as he defeated Sandy’s Chad Rund by fall in just 19 seconds.

“I was a little antsy,” Rice said after that match. “I just wanted to get it over with as fast as I could.”

In the 160-pound finals, Rice got a 4-3 decision win over Sandy sophomore C.J. McKinnis.

Rice, who also is a No. 4 seed, will open the state tourney with a first-round match against Woodburn senior Arturo Perez.

“I want to place,” Rice said of the upcoming state tourney. “That’s my goal.”

The Bowmen had one other district tournament finalist in junior Martin Layna, who claimed the runner-up spot at 220 pounds.

Layna opened the district tournament with a bye, then he pinned Rex Putnam’s Jeffrey D’Auvergne in 1:59 in the quarterfinals.

In his semifinal match with Milwaukie senior Rene Ramos, Layna scored on a takedown with 1:55 left in the second round to break a scoreless tie. He didn’t stop there. He got a takedown with 1:41 left in the round and then he pinned Ramos 24 seconds later to earn a state-tourney bid.

“I went to state as a freshman, but I missed last year,” Layna said after his semifinal win. “I was on a mission to go back to state this year. And watching Ryan win his match got me pumped up.”

Layna lost by fall to Putnam’s Juan Hernandez in the district tournament title match.

Layna will open the state tournament with a first-round match against Pendleton senior Jack Ezell.

“I’m hoping to do very well at state,” Layna said. “I want to get up on the podium.”

Sherwood wrestlers who placed third at the district tournament and earned state bids were sophomore Tristan Bishop (106 pounds), sophomore Alex Vazquez (120) and junior Nic Clarke (145)

Bowmen wrestlers who placed fourth at district and also will be advancing to state were senior Evan Castillo (145) and junior Corey Keohane (170).

Sherwood finished in third place in the team standings at the district tournament with 245 points. Sandy took first place with 408.5 points and Liberty was second at 260.

Action at the Class 5A state tournament is set to start at 8:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.