The Sherwood junior places fourth at the state tourney

by: DAN BROOD - GOTCHA -- Sherwood High School junior Ryan Jurgens (right) has a grip on Lebanon's Colton Sallee. PORTLAND — The numbers don’t lie.

Ryan Jurgens improved in a year’s time. Now, he’s looking to take another step in the year ahead.

Jurgens, a Sherwood High School junior, battled his way to a fourth-place finish in the 195-pound weight division at the Class 5A State Wrestling Tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Last year, as a Sherwood sophomore, Jurgens placed fifth at state in the same weight class.

“I moved up a spot,” Jurgens said Saturday at the tournament. “I’m getting better. It’s nice to know that. Oh yeah, I’m definitely excited for next year.”

Jurgens’ performance provided the main highlight for nine Bowmen wrestlers that competed at the state event.

Jurgens, the No. 4 seed at 195 pounds, opened his state tourney trek on Friday by pinning Hood River Valley senior Tyler Walker in a time of 1 minute and 31 seconds in a first-round match.

In the quarterfinals, Jurgens picked up another win by fall, as he bested Corvallis senior Carlos Hernandez in a 1:41.

In the semifinals, lost by fall in 3:55 to Hermiston freshman Samuel Shields-Colbray, who went on to claim the state title at 195 pounds.

Jurgens bounced back to pin Lebanon sophomore Colton Sallee in 2:19 in the consolation semifinals. In that match, after a scoreless one-minute first round, Jurgens, starting the second round in the up position, kept Sallee down on the mat before pinning him with 41 seconds left in the round.

“That was good,” Jurgens said. “He was tall and limber.”

In the third/fourth-place match, Jurgens lost 9-4 to No. 2 seed Jackson Soto of West Albany. In that match, Jurgens, who suffered an injury during the bout, trailed 2-1 at the end of the first round. Soto, getting a penalty point and a reversal, pushed the margin to 5-1 at the end of the second round.

Jurgens, trying to battle back in the third round, got a penalty point and a pair of escapes, but he came up short.

Still, the performance has Jurgens optimistic for his senior season.

“I’ve developed confidence to go up against the high-caliber wrestlers,” he said. “I’m going to work hard and I want to aim at the top.”

Sherwood senior Evan Castillo, wrestling at 145 pounds, also found success at the state tournament, winning two of his four matches and getting to wrestle on the final day of the tournament.

“I’m proud of making it here, and it was a great way to finish out my senior year,” Castillo said. “I made it here to the second day of the tournament. I’m glad I got here and gave it all I had.”

Castillo fell 10-1 to fourth-seeded Carson French of West Albany to start the tournament. But he came storming back to score a 6-3 decision win over Cleveland’s Alex Marsh in a consolation first-round match.

Castillo then pinned Hood River Valley’s Cesar Zarate at the 2-minute mark of their consolation second round match. In the consolation quarterfinals, Castillo fell 12-3 to Liberty senior A.J. Antillion.

“A.J. and I are good friends and he took it to me today,” Castillo said. “But I’m not mad about that match. I wrestled some tough kids and I gave it all I had.”

Sherwood juniors Nic Clarke, Andrew Rice and Martin Layna also got their hand raised at the tournament.

Clarke, also wrestling at 145 pounds, scored an 8-4 decision win over Dallas’ David Holmquist to start the tournament before falling to No. 2 seed Dylan Holbcomb of Pendleton and to James Lutz of Lebanon.

Rice, competing in the 160-pound weight class, pinned Woodburn’s Arturo Perez in 1:34 to start the tournament. Rice then lost to Tanner Barichio of Redmond and then he was edged 5-4 by Caleb Ash of Eagle Point in the consolation bracket second round.

Layna, in the 220-pound division, lost to Pendleton senior Jack Ezell in 3:17 to start the tournament, but he came back to post a 12-3 major decision win over Kyle Snyder of Dallas in a consolation first-round match. Layna then lost to Devon Wade of West Albany.

Also wrestling for Sherwood at the state tournament were sophomore Tristan Bishop (106 pounds), sophomore Alex Vazquez (120), sophomore Mike Coulter (126) and junior Corey Keohane (170).

Sherwood finished in 20th place in the team standings with 30 points. Hermiston won the Class 5A state team championship.

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