Wildcats avoid several potential losses to pick up first league victory

by: JEFF GOODMAN - Wilsonville senior Colin Cubbage (top) battles Putnam's Dylan Wright during a 145-pound league match Dec. 19 at Wilsonville High School. Cubbage was one of six Wildcats to win by fall during the NWOC dual.Jason Milham would prefer his athletes to stay out of precarious positions in the first place.

But the Wilsonville wrestling coach was encouraged by how they responded to adversity in several matches Dec. 19 during a four-team Northwest Oregon Conference meet at Wilsonville High School.

Seemingly close to being pinned on numerous occasions, the Wildcats reversed their fortunes to secure a 66-15 victory against Putnam. They fell to St. Helens later in the evening, 41-39, to begin their league slate with a 1-1 record.

“We spend a lot of time working on wrestling six-minute matches and competing throughout the time you’re on the mat,” Milham said. “We don’t want to be on our backs in the first place, but guys kept working and fighting to make it a match. Against Putnam, it paid off for us.”

Wilsonville won six of the eight contested matches against the Kingsmen, all by fall.

Matt Taylor (120), Colin Cubbage (145), Matthew Dyer (160), Jakob Fulbright (182) and Justin Hamilton (195) logged first round pins, while Josiah Day (152) finished his opponent in the second round.

Day, a Vancouver-Skyview (Wash.) transfer, trailed 7-4 at the end of the first round and got himself into trouble early in the second round. But he worked his way out of the jam and pinned Ammon Rial in 2 minutes 48 seconds.

Dyer and Fulbright also found themselves close to being pinned but showed resolve in quick reversals that led to victories by fall.

“We wrestled hard and had a couple matches go back-and-forth, but we were able to come out and win them,” Milham said. “The guys are competing hard. It’s good to see the kids be coachable and work hard to compete throughout a match.”

Mickey Cavello (106), Andrew Love (113), Eli Day (132), Colton Veenker (138) and Taylor Lockling (170) all won by forfeit against Putnam.

The following dual against St. Helens came down to the final match.

Trailing by five points entering the heavyweight bout, Wilsonville needed a six-point pin to eclipse the Lions for the overall victory.

Wildcats sophomore Tony Munoz ended up defeating Colton Albertson, but his 6-2 decision — worth three points — wasn’t enough to erase his team’s deficit.

Still, the final result was not the fault of Munoz. Wilsonville ceded 18 points on three forfeits and also lost by fall in a few low-weight matches.

“That put us in a tough spot moving into the upper weights,” Milham said. “We got quite a few pins, but it came down to the heavyweight match. ... The good thing was that the kids are wrestling and competing and working to make a match of it. We’re in a good spot for where we’re at in the season.”

Hamilton and Cubbage, two of the Wilcats’ most skilled seniors, both won by fall against St. Helens.



Dec. 19 at Wilsonville High School

Wilsonville 66, Putnam 15

106: Mickey Cavello (W) wins by forfeit

113: Andrew Love (W) wins by forfeit

120: Matt Taylor (W) d. Kane Hernandez fall 0:44

126: Brice McDonald (P) wins by forfeit

132: Eli Day (W) wins by forfeit

138: Colton Veenker (W) wins by forfeit

145: Colin Cubbage (W) d. Dylan Wright fall 1:18

152: Josiah Day (W) d. Ammon Rial fall 2:48

160: Matthew Dyer (W) d. Nick Urben fall 1:32

170: Taylor Lockling (W) wins by forfeit

182: Jakob Fulbright (W) d. Vince McFarland fall 1:31

195: Justin Hamilton (W) d. Doug Fry fall 1:42

220: Jeffrey D’Auvergne (P) d. Sam Garrison fall 5:07

285: Zach Mason (P) d. Tony Munoz 3-2

St. Helens 41, Wilsonville 39

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