The event will be held Friday and Saturday in Portland

by: DAN BROOD - STATE BOUND -- Tualatin's Cody Summers and Tigard's Victor Ceja, shown here in the regional tournament finals, will both be competing at this week's state tournament. PORTLAND — They’ve worked all year for this.

Now, the time is here, and they’re ready.

With that in mind, members of the Tigard and Tualatin high school wrestling teams are taking high hopes to the Class 6A state tournament.

“I’m absolutely excited for it,” Tualatin senior Cody Summers said after winning the championship at 285 pounds at the Special District 3 Regional Tournament. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s my last tournament and I want to finish as high as possible on the podium.”

“I don’t really know what to expect. It’s my first time there,” said Tigard senior Mark Hall, who will wrestle at 145 pounds at the state tourney. “But I expect to do well. We’ll see what happens.”

The top four finishers in each weight class at the regional tournament advance to compete at the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

Summers is one of eight Tualatin wrestlers that qualified for state. Hall will be joined by two of his Tigard teammates at the tournament.

Summers is the only seeded wrester of the local representatives. He is the No. 4 seed in the 285-pound weight class and he’ll face Oregon City senior Jacob Hagler in a first-round match on Friday.

Other Tualatin wrestlers set to compete at the state tournament include junior Jeff Whitaker (106 pounds), junior John Whitaker (132), junior Franklin Giannone (160), senior Kage Wabaunsee (170), sophomore Kellen Poti (170), junior Luke Goessens (182) and senior Kenny Walther (220).

“I’m happy that I finally get to go,” said Walther, who will take on West Linn junior Ellis Eaton in a first round match on Friday. “I want to put a dent in there.”

“It’s going to be real fun, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Jeff Whitaker, who will take on North Medford freshman Henry Cox in a first-round match. “I’m hoping to place. That would be cool.”

In addition to Hall, Tigard will be sending a pair of 285-pound competitors to state in juniors Victor Ceja and Justin Jackson.

“I’m going to train a lot harder to be ready for state,” Ceja said at the regional event. “I’m looking to place.”

Ceja will meet West Linn junior Noah Bagley in a first-round match. Jackson will face off against top-seeded Chet Spears of Sheldon to start the tournament.

Action at the state tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.

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