Sherwood smacks down Parkrose for a 65-6 win

by: DAN BROOD - NO ESCAPE -- Sherwood senior Garret Heckenberg (back) makes sure Parkrose's Cody Wood doesn't get away during their 145-pound match. Heckenberg scored a 7-0 decision win.PARKROSE — The Sherwood High School wrestling team was hoping to take a successful first step toward its lofty goal.

Well, not only did the Bowmen take that successful first step, they were almost absolutely perfect in doing so.

Sherwood, with its sights set firmly on the Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet championship, opened its NWOC schedule by powering its way to a 65-6 win over Parkrose in its conference opener held last Thursday at Parkrose High School.

The one and only loss the Bowmen suffered on the night was a forfeit setback in the 285-pound weight class. Victorious Sherwood held a 65-0 lead at that point.

“We’re looking to win league,” Sherwood senior Garret Heckenberg said after the victory.

“We want it,” Sherwood senior Corey Keohane said. “We just need to keep working hard and do what we do.”

“This was the first step toward our goal,” Bowmen coach William Taylor said. “They’ve worked hard for it. The boys looked good tonight.”

Parkrose fell to 0-2 in NWOC matches with the loss while the Bowmen got off to a 1-0 start in conference competition.

“It’s going good,” Heckenberg said of Sherwood’s start to the season. “We’re all fired-up. I think this it he strongest team we’ve had in years.”

by: DAN BROOD - GETTING LEVERAGE -- Sherwood sophomore Jess Hatfield (top) tries to turn Parkrose's Ryan Wheeless during their 132-pound match. Hatfield scored a 4-2 victory. In last week’s match at Parkrose, Sherwood freshman Brandon Cole gave the Bowmen a quick 6-0 lead when he received a forfeit win at 106 pounds.

After a double forfeit at 113, junior Hayden Koprowski gave the Bowmen their first highlight of the night on the mat.

In the 120-pound bout, Koprowski pinned Parkrose sophomore Trevor Wonderly in a time of 2 minutes and 25 seconds to up the Sherwood lead to 12-0.

Michael Coutler then kept the ball rolling for the Bowmen, as he needed just 57 seconds to pin Parkrose junior Thomas Thilaranh in the 126-pound match, upping the team margin to 18-0.

In what was likely the most hard-fought match of the night, Sherwood sophomore Jess Hatfield posted a 4-2 decision win over Parkrose freshman Ryan Wheeless in the 132-pound match.

“I think that was the highlight of the night,” Taylor said. “Jess wrestled a real good match.”

In that match, Wheeless took a 2-0 lead on a takedown coming with 1:36 remaining in the first round. But Hatfield, starting in the up position to start the second round, kept Wheeless down the entire round, getting a three-point nearfall as the horn sounded to end the round, giving him a 3-2 lead.

Hatfield again kept Wheeless down the entire third round. He was awarded a point with 23 seconds left in the round when Wheeless was whistled for stalling, making the final score 4-2.

At 138 pounds, Sherwood freshman Cameron Allender, like Hatfield, fell behind early as Parkrose senior Darrick Williams took a 2-0 lead with a takedown coming with 1:28 remaining in the first round.

But, like Hatfield, Allender came storming back. He scored a reversal and then a three-point nearfall to open a 5-2 lead with 0:38 left in the opening round. A reversal by Williams made the score 5-4 going into the second round.

by: DAN BROOD - IN CHARGE -- Sherwood junior Hayden Korowski (top) is in control in his 120-pound match against Parkrose's Trevor Wonderly.Allender got both an escape and a takedown in the second round before pinning Williams 39 seconds into the third round, upping the Bowmen lead to 27-0 at that point.

In the 145-pound bout, Heckenberg came out quick in his match with Parkrose senior Cody Wood. Heckenberg scored on a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first round to take a 4-0 lead. He came close to pinning Wood throughout the second round, but had to settle for a three-point nearfall at the end of the round, making the score 7-0. Neither wrestler scored in the third round, leaving Heckenberg with the 7-0 decision victory.

“That was a little frustrating,” Heckenberg said. “I wanted the pin. But, oh well, it’s a win.”

Sherwood then got a pair of forfeit wins — from junior Riley Castillo at 152 pounds and from senior Nic Clarke at 160 — to push the lead to 42-0.

At 170, senior Andrew Rice had the quickest pin of the night for the Bowmen, as he defeated Parkrose’s Riley Golar in just 31 seconds.

Keohane, at 182 pounds, took the mat for his first varsity match of the season, after coming back from a torn meniscus. And he made it a successful debut, as he pinned Parkrose’s Kapree Murray in 1:32. Keohane was trailing 4-2 before getting a reversal and then the pin.

“It was good,” Keohane said of the win. “It’s typically fun to go for the pin.”

Sherwood senior Ryan Jurgens pinned Parkrose senior Richard Vong in 1:25 in the 195-pound match.

Senior Martin Layna then wrapped up the Bowmen’s 65-6 victory by scoring a 16-1 technical fall win over Kyeanna Henry in the 220-pound match.

“We’ve been practicing hard every day,” Heckenberg said. “We’re getting after it. We’re really looking forward to district and state.”

“We made deposits all week, and we picked up our check tonight,” Taylor said. “I’m real proud of the team.”

Sherwood was scheduled to face Wilsonville in a conference dual meet Wednesday at Wilsonville High School. Results of that match weren’t available when The Times went to press.

On Friday and Saturday, Sherwood will be competing at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

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