Sherwood gets rolling in victory over Wilsonville

by: DAN BROOD - BIG WIN -- Sherwood High School senior Evan Castillo celebrates with his Bowmen teammates after scoring a come-from-behind pinfall victory during last week's match with Wilsonville.SHERWOOD — Motivation.

It can be a powerful dynamic to have on your side.

Just ask Evan Castillo and his teammates on the Sherwood High School wrestling team.

Castillo found himself in the middle of all the motivation when the Bowmen hosted rival Wilsonville. First, Castillo was motivated by his younger brother’s win. Then, with a wild, come-out-of-nowhere victory of his own, he helped motivate the rest of the Sherwood squad.

All that motivation helped the Bowmen post a 45-27 win over the Wildcats in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual match held last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

“This was very good,” said Castillo, who is one of just three seniors on the Sherwood roster. “We have a young team, and to get a win against your rival is always fun. We practiced hard to get ready for this match, and practice makes perfect.”

“This is really big,” said Sherwood junior Martin Layna, who won by fall in the 220-pound match. “After the Sandy loss (a 63-18 setback in a league opener held back in December), we needed this. So this felt great. And we’ll keep improving.”

Wilsonville dropped to 2-1 in league matches with the setback while the Bowmen evened their NWOC record at 1-1 at that point.

“The boys defended their home turf nice tonight,” Sherwood coach William Taylor said. “This was a great momentum-builder.”

There’s that word again. And Castillo felt the momentum when he took the mat for his 145-pound match against Wilsonville junior Colin Cubbage.

In the bout before, Sherwood sophomore Riley Castillo scored a 4-2 decision win over Wilsonville senior Alec Slaney at 138 pounds, cutting the Wildcats’ lead in the match at that point to 18-12.

“I watched my brother win,” Evan Castillo said. “That got me fired up for my match.”

But, the Bowmen senior found himself facing an early deficit in his match, as Cubbage took a 2-0 lead on a takedown coming with 1 minute and 37 seconds left in the first round. The round ended with Cubbage still holding his 2-0 advantage. Neither wrestler scored in the second round, leaving Cubbage still with the 2-0 lead going into the third round.

Then, with 1:04 left in that final round, Cubbage scored on a three-point nearfall to up his lead to 5-0. Castillo came very closed to getting pinned at that point.

“I think that if I would have sneezed, I would have been pinned,” Castillo said with a smile.

Castillo avoided the pin and scored on an escape to cut the lead to 5-1. With 46 seconds left in the match, he notched a takedown to trim the margin to 5-3. Then, 14 seconds later, Castillo pinned Cubbage to complete the turnaround, sparking a Sherwood celebration and tying the team score at 18-18.

“The wrestler with the most heart wins the third round,” Castillo said. “I was looking forward to this match. Wilsonville is our rival, and I think a lot of people had doubt in me. It was a big win for me.”

And it also was a win that seemed to ignite the Bowmen.

“That got us all fired up,” Layna said of Castillo’s win. “We wanted to keep it going.”

Sherwood junior Nic Clarke followed up Castillo’s win by pinning Wilsonville’s Austin Carr in a time of 1:32 in the 152-pound match, giving the Bowmen their first lead of the night, at 24-16.

At 160 pounds, Sherwood junior Tyler Booth scored a wild 22-17 decision win over Zach Alben to up the Bowmen lead to 27-16. Booth scored two three-point nearfalls and a reversal in the final 47 seconds of the match to get the come-from-behind victory.

Bowmen junior Andrew Rice won by forfeit at 172 pounds and Sherwood junior Corey Keohane pinned James Tellez in a time of 3:47 at 182 pounds to up the lead to 39-18.

Wilsonville picked up a decision win at 195 pounds, in a match where it looked like Bowmen junior Ryan Jurgens suffered an injury.

But a motivated Layna answered that, pinning Wilsonville junior Tayler Branson in 2:54 in the 220-pound match, giving Sherwood a 45-21 lead at that point.

“They’re our rivals, and my good friend (Jurgens) just got hurt,” Layna said. “So I really wanted to win this.”

The Wildcats picked up a pinfall victory at 285 pounds to make the final score 45-27.

Earlier in the night, Sherwood sophomore Tristan Bishop picked up a forfeit victory at 113 pounds.

Bowmen sophomore Mike Coulter scored a 5-1 decision victory over Colton Veenker at 126 pounds.

“The kids have really been working hard and battling for position,” Taylor said. “Evan had a big win tonight and Corey really wrestled well.”

On Monday, the Bowmen picked up another league win, upping their record to 2-1, as they downed Parkrose 45-33 in a NWOC dual match held at Sherwood High School.

Sherwood was scheduled to wrestle at Milwaukie in league dual match on Wednesday. Results of that match weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Bowmen will next be in action when they compete at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Redmond.

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