Wrestling: The sophomore, wrestling for the first time this season, wins by fall
by: DAN BROOD, PINNED DOWN — Sherwood sophomore Jeffery Maddox (top) is about to pin Century’s Dillon Garcia.

HILLSBORO - For many high school wrestlers, the 2007-2008 season is nearing its final stages.

That's not the case for Jeffery Maddox.

For Maddox, a Sherwood High School sophomore, last Thursday was just the beginning.

And what a beginning it was.

Maddox, who was out of action up to that point due to injury, made his season debut by pinning Century's Dillon Garcia in a 145-pound match when the Bowmen took on the Jaguars in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual match held at Century High School.

'That was a good win,' Maddox said. 'I was very excited for this match - it was my first on all season.'

Despite Maddox's victory, the Bowmen fell 63-15 to Century. The loss gives Sherwood a 2-5 record in league matches while the Jaguars improved to 5-1 with the victory.

Still, despite the setback, the young Sherwood squad seemed to have plenty of reasons to be happy with their performances against the powerful Century team.

'Our young kids didn't back down,' Sherwood coach William Taylor said. 'We're getting ready. We're starting to get into peak mode. We want to be there for district.'

Maddox, who qualified for the state tournament last year as a freshman, seemed to be in control from the start in his first match of his sophomore season.

Maddox took a 2-0 lead with a takedown coming with 31 seconds remaining in the first round. Garcia started the second round in the down position and Maddox kept him there the entire round, keeping the score at 2-0 going into the third round.

Maddox upped his lead to 4-0 with a takedown coming with 57 seconds left in the third round. Just 25 seconds later, Maddox put Garcia's shoulders to the mat to win by fall in a time of 5:28.

'I had a plan to try to wear him out in the first two rounds,' Maddox said. 'I hit a shot in the third round and was able to beat him. It was a good way to come back.'

Despite his late start to the season, Maddox still is carrying some high hopes.

'I hope to finish strong and get to state,' he said. 'I've been working hard.'

'Jeffrey stayed cool, calm and collected,' Taylor said. 'He had a good match strategy with his style.'

Sherwood's other win on the mat came in the 152-pound match where sophomore Ty Rosevear scored a 2-1 decision win over Century's Zach Packard.

'To win 2-1 shows a lot of character,' Taylor said. 'You have to have a lot of mat savvy and intelligence.'

After a scoreless first round, Rosevear took a 2-0 lead by scoring a takedown coming with 37 seconds left in the second round.

Packard, still trailing 2-0, started the third round in the down position. He was stuck down there for most of the round, finally getting an escape, to cut the lead to 2-1, with just three seconds left in the match.

'We're going to be putting a lot of stock in those two sophomores,' Taylor said of Maddox and Rosevear.

Sherwood's other win came at 103 pounds, where freshman Kyle McClain won by forfeit.

Other Bowmen grapplers also had strong matches. Sherwood sophomore Conner Clarke, at 112 pounds, trailed Century's John Her by scores of 6-1 and 8-2 in the second round before finishing strong to make the final score 9-5.

The Bowmen, who finished their league dual match schedule with the contest at Century, will next be in action at the Northwest Oregon Conference district tournament, which will be held Feb. 8-9 at Liberty High School.

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