Rout of Sherwood a surprise, even to Sandy

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JOSH WHITE  - Devon White, wrestling at 170 pounds, pinned Sherwoods James Musser last Thursday when Sandy won 63-18 at Sandy High School.

Last season, Sherwood was touted as Sandy’s toughest opponent, the greatest hurdle en route to yet another Northwest Oregon Conference title. But the Bowmen proved to be nothing more than an inferior foe after the Pioneers cruised to a substantial win.

And while Sherwood graduated a few notable grapplers, it was still no slouch entering this season. But Sandy made them look like one, once again, during a dual meet last Thursday at Sandy High School. Eight Pioneers won their matches with pins, which helped make an early-season statement in a 63-18 win over the Bowmen.

“We didn’t know it was going to be such a big win,” Sandy coach Robert Paul said. “We went in there thinking we’d beat them. But I was a little surprised we beat them by that much. It probably surprised (Sherwood) that we beat them by that much. And all the other teams in the conference probably raised their eyebrows when we saw how much we beat them by.”

Despite Sherwood entering the match with a higher ranking in the state, it was apparent early that Sandy was destined for a night of dominance. After four matches, the Pioneers already accumulated two wins by falls. Kyle Grahn, at 113 pounds, defeated Sherwood’s Tristan Bishop, and Jonathan Morrell, at 126 pounds, took down Sherwood’s Alex Vazques.

As the night went on, some of Sandy’s standout wrestlers from last season proved they haven’t lost a step this season. Pioneer Brandon Mowery, wrestling at 145 pounds, pinned Jacob Butler. Then, with 11 seconds left, but already winning 7-1, Tyler White, at 152 pounds, pinned Sherwood’s Evan Castillo.

After Sandy’s C.J. McKinnis, wrestling at 160 pounds, brought down Nic Clarke with a pin, Tyler’s brother, Devin White, had his opportunity to keep the Pioneers rolling.

Facing Sherwood’s James Musser at 170 pounds, Devin jumped out to an early lead with two quick takedowns. He’d eventually extend that margin to 9-0 before pinning Musser in the third round, giving Sandy a commanding 45-6 lead.

In one of the more anticipated matches of the evening, Sandy’s Kyle Bateman took the mat against Sherwood’s Andrew Rice, both high-ranked wrestlers in the state competing at 182 pounds.

The Sandy senior secured an early takedown and ended the first round with another two-point maneuver.

In the second round, Bateman secured a three-point near fall to take a 7-1 lead. He nearly pinned Rice moments later, but, with a 9-2 lead in the third round, Bateman finally won by fall with 1:05 left in the round.

The evening got a little better for the Bowmen.

Ryan Jurgens pinned Sandy’s Jeremy Funk, wrestling at 195 pounds. Then, at 285 pounds, Sherwood’s Martin Layna pinned Michael Priest.

“Our good guys matched up pretty well against their good guys,” Paul said. “It was fun to watch.”

On Thursday, Sandy has its toughest conference test of the season when it faces Liberty at Liberty High School.

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