Three Wildcats competitors reach tournament quarterfinals

by: JOSH KULLA / FILE - Wilsonville senior Justin Hamilton took third place in the 195-pound bracket of the Rose City Championship wrestling tournament Dec. 13-14 at Westview High School in Portland.Justin Hamilton hit a roadblock in the semifinals of the Rose City Championship wrestling tournament.

But the Wilsonville senior didn’t give up.

After losing to West Linn’s Cam Schmitz, he won back-to-back matches in the 195-pound consolation bracket to take third place Dec. 14 at Westview High School in Portland.

Hamilton defeated Sweet Home’s Spencer Knight by fall in 3 minutes 41 seconds, and he eked out a 7-6 decision over Sweet Home’s Ben Terry to finish the two-day tournament with a 5-1 record.

Hamilton was one of three Wildcats wrestlers to reach the quarterfinals of the double-elimination tournament, which featured 18 teams from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. Mickey Cavello (106) and Tony Munoz (285) were Wilsonville’s other two quarterfinalists.

The Wildcats took 17th overall with 74 points in a competition won by West Linn (233.5).

Hamilton advanced after logging victories by fall against Sumner (Wash.) competitor Zach Summers and Turner-Cascade’s Aiden Littau in 3:09 and 4:21, respectively. But he struggled to score in a 5-1 loss to Schmitz before rebounding in the consolation bracket.

Cavello, who earned a bye in the first round, pinned Lacey (Wash.) River Ridge’s Gavin Hogan in 32 seconds to reach the quarterfinals. But after losing by fall to Hillsboro-Glencoe’s Ian Stettler, he was eliminated with a loss to Granite Bay (Calif.) competitor Calvin Ochi in the consolation bracket.

Munoz, meanwhile, advanced to the quarterfinals with consecutive pins against Turner-Cascade’s Danny Bronson and Glencoe’s David Lopez. But he was knocked into the consolation bracket by West Linn’s Noah Bagley, and he was eliminated following a 4-0 loss to Salem-Sprague’s Erik Guerrero.

Wilsonville wrestlers Jakob Fulbright (182) and Sam Garrison (220) each advanced to the fourth consolation round. Fulbright pinned two opponents in a row after being knocked out of the championship bracket, but his outing was put to an end in a 13-0 major decision at the hands of Beaverton-Southridge’s Alex James. Garrison also won two matches by fall in the consolation bracket before losing to Sumner’s Justin Myers in extra time.

Colton Veenker (138) won two of his four matches, defeating Westview’s Ryan Timmons by fall in 1:22 before being pinned by Sprague’s Jake Vaughn in the second round.

In the consolation bracket, Veenker pinned Cascade’s Austin Brill in 1:19 but was eliminated by fall in his ensuing match against Sunset’s Quin Bingham.

Returning state qualifier Tristan Greco (132) earned a bye in the first round, but he was eliminated in back-to-back losses against River Ridge’s Daniel Montesa and Lebanon’s Armando Bastillas.

Blake Redmon (220) went 1-2 in contested matches, his only victory coming by fall in 2:23 against Willamina’s Chase Onstot. Matthew Taylor (120), Eli Day (132) and Josiah Day (152) each went 1-2 as well.

Hunter Pryor (170), Taylor Lockling (170) and Eric Moya (285) also participated in the tournament.

The Wildcats will continue their season at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 with a four-team meet featuring league foes Milwaukie, Putnam and St. Helens. They are also slated to participate in a Dec. 21 tournament at Liberty High School.



Rose City Championship

Dec. 13-14 at Westview High School (Portland)

Team scores: 1. West Linn, 233.5; 2. Nampa (ID), 226.5; 3. Lebanon, 203; 4. Newberg, 194; 5. Cascade, 181; 6. Granite Bay (CA), 159; 6. Sprague, 159; 8. Westview, 158.5; 9. Sweet Home, 156; 10. Sunset, 146; 11. Sumner (WA), 140; 12. Sherwood, 137; 13. Southridge, 133; 14. Glencoe, 111; 15. Willamina, 99.5; 16. Roseville-Oakmont (CA), 87.5; 17. Wilsonville, 74; 18. River Ridge (WA), 59.5.

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