Coulter, Jurgens, Rice all earn third-place medals

ROCK CREEK — The Sherwood High School wrestling team turned in some strong efforts at the Rose City Championships, held Friday and Saturday at Westview High School.

The Bowmen had three wrestlers earn third-place medals at the 18-school event.

“It was a good showing,” Sherwood coach William Taylor said. “The kids wrestled well.”

Junior Michael Coulter, wrestling at 126 pounds, had maybe the most impressive showing for the Bowmen.

After losing his first match of the tournament, Coulter won six straight bouts — four by fall — to claim his third-place medal. He pinned James Zeng of Westview in a time of 1 minute and 3 seconds in the 126-pound third-place match.

Sherwood senior Andrew Rice had a similar performance. After losing his second match of the tournament, Rice rolled off six straight victories to place third at 182 pounds. He pinned West Linn’s Roland Lester in 1:29 in the third-place match.

Bowmen senior Ryan Jurgens, at 220 pounds, reached the semifinals of the championship bracket before losing. He came back to pin Cory Lester of Nampa in the consolation semifinals in 3:08 before pinning Aaron Weise of Granite Bay in 1:27 in the third-place bout.

Other Sherwood wrestlers found some success at the tournament. Sophomore Jess Hatfield went 4-2 at 132 pounds, senior Garret Heckenberg went 3-2 at 145 and senior Nic Clarke went 3-2 at 170.

Sherwood finished in 12th place in the team standings with 137 points.

West Linn won the tourney team title with a score of 233.5.

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