The Pioneer trio prove themselves among the top prep wrestlers in the state

HILLSBORO - Oregon City's wrestling team found plenty of competition at the Reser's Tournament of Champions, held here Friday and Saturday.

The Pioneer varsity placed 13th overall and sixth among Class 6A teams at the 23-team tournament, which is promoted as an Oregon state championship among teams from all classifications.

The Pioneers had three wrestlers place. Jake Morris (145), Jared Carr (HWT) and Nick Shafer (189) placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in their weight divisions.

Morris won three of five matches, his losses to wrestlers ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and in No. 1 in Class 6A.

Morris dropped an 14-8 decision to top-ranked Joey Chandler of Newberg in the semifinals; and he lost by 17-0 technical fall to Brock Gutches of Crater in the third-place final. Gutches is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.

In other matches, Morris pinned Grants Pass junior Justin Hoy, defeated Hermiston senior Frankie Perez 13-0, and won by 8-4 decision over Roseburg sophomore Dylan Westwang.

Morris and Westwang entered the tournament ranked second and fourth respectively in Class 6A.

Carr won four of six matches. His losses were both to wrestlers ranked No. 1.

Tillamook senior Bubba Owens, ranked No. 1 in 4A, won a 9-7 decision from Carr in the tournament's second round.

Crook County senior Tyrel Albert, ranked No. 1 in 5A, pinned Carr in the second round.

Carr pinned Crater junior Brandon Hesse in the first round of the heavyweight fifth-place final. Hesse was ranked sixth in 5A.

In other matches, Carr pinned Culver senior Nick Barany in 30 seconds, pinned Hermiston senior Paco Arenas in 55 seconds, and pinned Westview senior Eric Perry in overtime.

The tournament's No. 1 seed, Perry entered the tournament ranked second in the state in Class 5A.

Canby junior Michael Doman was Shafer's nemesis.

Doman defeated Shafer 12-3 in a second-round match. They met again in the fifth-place final, where Doman eked out a 3-1 win in overtime.

Shafer also dropped a 9-2 decision to Grants Pass senior Nick Shoesmith, the No. 4-ranked 189-pounder in 6A.

In other matches, Shafer won a 3-2 decision from Crater junior Logan Brooks, pinned Hergett of Hillsboro, and decisioned Winterton of Hermiston 3-2.

Brooks was ranked No. 2 in 5A; Doman was ranked No. 2 in 6A.

Newberg tallied 193 points and ran away with first place in the varsity division of the tournament. Rounding out the top five were: Hermiston (142), Canby (139), Roseburg (130) and Crook County (127).

Oregon City had two placers in the jayvee division of the tournament. Sophomore Luke Scruggs placed third at 103 and junior Lake McKay placed fifth at 215.

Scruggs wrestled six matches, defeating Crater freshman Mike Macuk in the third-place finals. Macuk was ranked sixth in 5A.

McKay wrestled five matches, earning a third-round fall over Ozment of Culver in the fifth-place finals.

Oregon City placed 12th in the jayvee division of the tournament, three places behind West Linn.

'They wrestled hard, but I was a little disappointed in our jayvee kids,' said Oregon City coach Roger Rolen. 'People say we have depth, but if we don't come to wrestle, it's going to be a good district tournament for everyone else.'

Oregon City (5-0) closes out the Three Rivers League dual season this Thursday, when the Pioneers travel to Lakeridge (2-3).

The Pioneers host the TRL district tournament Feb. 8-9.

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