Gus Warren, Keltin Boykin and Alejandro Sandoval win their brackets, leading the Cougars to second place.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Gus Warren (left) won the 106-pound bracket Dec. 21 at the Larry Owings Invitational tournament at Canby High School. Above, the Canby freshman competes during a Dec. 11 dual at home against Troutdale-Reynolds.The capital “C” on Alejandro Sandoval’s singlet stood for Canby. It also could have stood for champion.

The senior pinned all three of his opponents in Dec. 21 during the Larry Owings Invitational, dominating his way to a title at Canby’s home tournament for the second year in a row.

Sandoval and fellow first-place finishers Gus Warren and Keltin Boykin led the Cougars to second place out of eight teams with 251 points. Roseburg (253) escaped with top honors.

Canby was coming off a disappointing dual loss to David Douglas a few days earlier, but it had several standout performances — including 24 pins — in a competition that included DDHS as well as Salem-Sprague, South Albany, McMinnville, Centennial and Jefferson.

Sandoval (285) earned his repeat title with a win by fall against South Albany’s Tristan Glaser in 3 minutes 21 seconds. That victory followed a first-round bye and pins against Sprague’s Ryan Morgan and Roseburg’s Shon Atterbury.

Warren (106) continued his stellar freshman campaign by pinning Roseburg’s Ashton Faas in 3:35 in the championship match. He had reached the finals with a bye in the first round, a 29-second pin of Roseburg’s Noah Stumbo in the quarterfinals and an 8-6 tiebreaker decision against David Douglas’ Brandon Thai.

Boykin (195) cruised to the title match by pinning Jefferson’s Omar Seamster in 22 seconds and putting South Albany’s Michael Brooks on his back in 1:00. The North Marion transfer then pulled of a 7-4 victory over McMinnville’s Brian Barnes to win the bracket.

The Cougars had two other finalists and several other placers in the one-day tournament.

Nate Maravilla (120) won three matches in a row to reach the title bout but lost by fall to Jefferson’s Hiag Brown. Noel Hygelund (160) clipped Centennial’s Connor Kurtz 7-5 in the semifinals, but he was pinned by McMinnville’s J.T. Barnes in the championship match.

Jacob Posey (170) rebounded from a loss in the semifinals to place third, defeating Centennial’s Henry Button in 3:00.

Drew Boyer (106), Preston Sellers (113), Jesus Zuriaga (126), Blaine Matthews (132), Nick Strnad (145) and Zane Rise (182) each placed fourth.

In a dual against David Douglas three days earlier at Gresham High School, the Cougars fell 40-34 despite leading 24-4 through five weight classes. Warren, Zuriaga, Matthews and Hygelund all won by fall.

Canby will return to action Jan. 3-4 at the Pacific Coast Invitational, which will be held at Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash.

The team’s next home meet is slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 against Oregon City in its Three Rivers League opener. The Cougars lost last year’s dual against the Pioners in heartbreaking fashion, 36-34.



Larry Owings Invitational

Dec. 21 at Canby High School

Team scores: 1. Roseburg, 253; 2. Canby, 251; 3. Sprague, 222; 4. South Albany, 168; 5. David Douglas, 166.5; 6. McMinnville, 162; 7. Centennial, 150; 8. Jefferson, 117.

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