But the Metro's best find the going tough at the state tourney

by: MILES VANCE - BATTLING AT STATE - Westview junior Joel Timmons fights against North Salem's Raymond Smith in the 106-pound state semifinals.

PORTLAND — To say that it was tough sledding for the Metro League's best wrestlers at the Class 6A State Tournament would be a massive understatement.

Outside of 10th-place Aloha's four state placewinners (for more on the Warriors' success at state, please see the story on Page A16), the rest of the Metro's four schools managed just two top-six finishers, and had no team finish higher than Westview's 12 points for 28th place.

Wildcat junior Joel Timmons came into the tournament with his hopes sky-high after winning the Special District 1 regional and entering the state tournament as the top-ranked wrestler at 106 pounds.

Timmons did just what he needed to on Friday, winning his first two bouts in impressive fashion, pinning Isaiah Harris of Thurston midway through the second round of their opening-round match, then posting a 10-2 major decision over Austin Brittle of Clackamas in his quarterfinal.

Saturday was less kind to Timmons, however. First, he dropped an 8-5 decision to North Salem's Raymond Smith, and next, he fell 8-3 in the third/fourth-place semifinals to Jeff Whitaker of Tualatin. But Timmons wasn't going to lose again, and he finished his tourney on a winning note by beating Matt Peterson of Hillsboro — the same wrestler he beat in the regional final — by an 8-4 margin.

“It was definitely not what I had in mind for this whole season, the whole offseason, but it did feel good to go out with a win,” Timmons said. “I had him in the district finals last week, and I got to get him again. It did feel good, because in our finals match at district, he knew what was coming and he defended really well. From there, I got to build off what he was doing against me and I had more success because of it, which was a good feeling.”

That said, Timmons left state hungry for more success and better results next year in his senior season.

“I've just got to keep working hard for next year, and it starts next week,” Timmons said. “My senior year, I don't want to have something this frustrating happen again. I want to go out on top.”

by: MILES VANCE - AT STATE - Sunset's Spencer Stokes takes down Hillsboro's Alex Harnsberger during their match at 138 pounds on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

The Metro's other state placewinner was Sunset sophomore Spencer Stokes, who wound up taking sixth place at 138 pounds in his first trip to state.

“I'm just taking all this in. I just need experience,” Stokes said. “Just being able to see some top-level guys and being able to go against them will really help me in the future.”

Stokes certainly did that, opening his tourney with a second-round pin of Centennial's Justin Lee, then winning a spot in the state semifinals by edging past Dillon Ulrey of Crater 6-4 in overtime.

But Stokes would not win again at state, first falling 7-2 to West Linn's Tim Harman — the eventual state runner-up — in the semifinals. After that, Stokes dropped back-to-back 4-3 decisions in consolation, the first of those to Tommy Winningham of Crater — he eventually finished fourth at 138 — then again to Alex Harnsberger of Hillsboro in a re-match of the District 1 championship.

“Honestly, I need to work on my set-ups. When I was taking lazy shots, he was warding them off or using them against me and that's something I really need to improve on,” Stokes said. “I feel like there were some tough guys that I showed up and that feels good, but I obviously would have liked to finish stronger. I've just got to work harder for next season.”

Sunset and Beaverton tied for 30th in the team standings at state with 10 points, with Beavers Justin Wakem (145 pounds) and Jeremy Olsen both going 2-2 in the tournament. Southridge finished the tournament with three points, with Ben Young winning twice on consolation at 170 pounds and Matt McRae winning once, also at 170.

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