The Woodburn wrestling team went 3-5 at the Northwest Duals team tournament last weekend, finishing 19th out of 28 teams.
The Bulldogs beat Lakeridge 39-30, South Salem 48-27 and Snohomish 49-27 at the tournament hosted by Westview High School, but lost in duals to Century, Sunset, Colony, Hood River Valley and Glencoe high schools.
The team was led by Rodolfo Hernandez (138 lbs.) who finished 6-2. Woodburns senior captain pinned four of his opponents, but took a hard losses against Colony and Sunset.
Karson Christiansen (126 lbs.) took home an exciting victory over South Salem in a 7-5 decision, Brodie Barrick (160 lbs.) dominated his match against Snohomish with a 13-0 major decision.
Temoatzin Lopez (120 lbs.) had a great final match against Snohomish despite going up against an opponent who got overly physical at times during the match, said Woodburn coach Dusty Price. Lopez took down his opponent from Washington and pinned him despite taking a few elbow shots to the head. After the match, Price praised Lopez for his ability to maintain control in the face of a difficult opponent and not retaliating in kind.
(It was) a powerful example that sometimes the best way to fight back is to quietly win, said Price.
The Woodburn coach was also impressed with the performance of senior Stephan Ovchinnikov, who is relatively new to the team and went 3-3 at the tournament.
As a novice wrestler that only competed for part of last season, Stephan has really demonstrated a desire to compete, said Price.
Ovchinnikov faced a slate of strong competition at 170 pounds and fought back after being put on his back against Lakeridge to pull out a win by fall at 1:51. He later went on to win by pin against Hood River Valley as well.
The Woodburn Bulldogs will compete at Cleveland over Friday and Saturday to open the new year.