Ceja, Hall each pick up a victory at the Class 6A event

PORTLAND — For the three Tigard High School wrestlers competing at the Class 6A State Tournament for the very first time, there was some success to go with a whole lot of valuable experience.

Two of three Tigers that competed at the event, held Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will have a chance to build on their state tournament experience next year.

Tigard junior Victor Ceja, wrestling at 285 pounds, was edged 4-3 by West Linn’s Noah Bagley in a first-round tourney match on Friday.

Later in the day, Ceja bounced back to get a 1-0 decision win over North Medford senior Avion Maloney in a consolation bracket first-round bout.

Ceja then fell 3-2 in overtime to No. 3 seed Michael Mcguire of Centennial in a consolation bracket second-round match.

Tigard junior Justin Jackson, also wrestling in the 285-pound bracket, lost in both of his matches at state. To start the tournament, Jackson lost by fall to top seed Chet Spears of Sheldon in a time of 59 seconds. Spears went on to claim the state championship at 285.

In the consolation bracket, Jackson lost by pin in 4:15 to Walker Rabon of Glencoe.

Tigard senior Mark Hall, wrestling at 145 pounds, found some success in his first trip to the state tourney.

Hall opened the event by scoring a 14-12 decision win over Canby’s Rawley Warren in a first-round match.

Hall then lost by fall in 1:27 to No. 2 seed Kjell Thorsen in a quarterfinal match. In the consolation bracket second round, Hall lost to Yasyf Sorensen of Sprague.

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