Coach optimistic about squads chances at next tournament

A slew of unexpected injuries helped keep the Estacada High School wrestling team from slamming the competition at the Perry Burlson Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The combination of a broken hand, concussion and hurt ankle contributed to the Rangers’ ninth-place finish out of the 17 teams that competed at Cascade High School, located near Turner.

“We got beaten up,” coach Jimmy Grochowsky said.

Despite that, there were some impressive showings by Ranger grapplers.

Junior Donny Wenlund placed second in the 126-pound category. Seniors Jake Davidson and Travis Cole essentially tied for third place at the 160-pound level, and junior Luke Youngberg placed third in the 170-pound division.

Freshman Nick Ledbury took sixth at 182 pounds.

The event was dominated by teams from Sweet Home, Cascade and Sprague.

Up next for the EHS team is a Saturday, Dec. 15, dual meet tournament at Stayton High School.

Senior Dillon Abbett, who had been out with an injury, is expected to compete Saturday.

“It will be nice having him back,” Grochowsky said.

Grochowsky said he is optimistic at his squad’s chance of success.

“We have a pretty good shot at winning it,” he said.

Davidson said he is both ready and eager to hit the mat again.

“I am confident about doing well at the tournament,” he said.

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