Tualatin takes fifth place at the 18-team Don York Invitational

PORTLAND — The Tualatin High School wrestling team capped off in impressive group of performances over the holiday break by battling its way to a fifth-place finish at the Don York Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at Cleveland High School.

“We wrestled real well over the break,” Tualatin coach Matt Hamilton said.

At last week’s event at Cleveland, the Timberwolves placed fifth at the 18-team event with 181.5 points. Centennial took the top spot with a score of 257.6.

Tualatin had a pair of individual champions at the event.

Junior John Whitaker placed first at 132 pounds and junior Blake Reser took the top spot at 138.

Timberwolf senior Kage Wabaunsee was the runner-up at 170 pounds.

Junior Jeff Whitaker was third at 113 pounds, as he upped his season record to 21-3, and senior Kenny Walther was third at 220. Tualatin junior Franklin Giannone placed fifth at 160.

Prior to the tourney at Cleveland, Tualatin wrestled at the Northwest Duals, held Dec. 28-29 at Tualatin Hills.

The Wolves finished in ninth place, out of 28 teams, at that dual meet tourney. Reser went 8-0 in his Northwest Dual matches.

On Dec. 22, Tualatin wrestled at the Liberty Tournament. The Wolves placed fourth out of 18 teams at that event.

At Liberty, John Whitaker placed second at 132 pounds. Jeff Whitaker, at 113, and Wabaunsee, at 170, each had third-place finishes. Reser was fourth at 138 pounds and senior Max Houston was fourth at 126.

Tualatin will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when it wrestles Sprague in a Special District 3 dual match set to start at 7 p.m. at Sprague High School.

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