The Burns Hilander wrestling team accomplished something no other high school in the state of Oregon can claim: 10 consecutive state titles. (Photo by TINY PEDERSEN)

Hilanders put five into finals at state tournament

By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

With two individual champions and a total of 10 state placers, the Burns wrestling team won their 10th straight Class 3A state title Feb. 25-26 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

George Swartzlender takes down Jake Batease of Grant Union in the finals at 285 pounds. (Photo by TINY PEDERSEN)

The Hilanders racked up 193 points to easily out-distance Nyssa who finished with 134 points.

Dayton placed third with 132.5 points, followed by Myrtle Point with 110 and Riverside with 91.

Landon Hanner of Burns placed first in the 215-pound weight class, and George Swartzlender captured gold at 285.

Hanner won his first three matches by fall and then defeated Zack Stegman of Grant Union 7-4 in the championship match.

Swartzlender capped off his undefeated season with three more victories at the state tournament.

He received a bye in the first round and then won his three matches by fall to become a three-time state champion.

Three Hilanders reached the title matches in their respective weight classes, but came up short in the finals. Placing second for Burns were Brennan Bailey at 135 pounds, Jay Masterson at 145 and Jake Swindlehurst at 189.

The Hilanders’ Cody Bennett wrestled to a third-place finish at 130 pounds, fourth places went to Matson Gahley at 152 and Raymond Wright at 160, Seth Nonnenmacher placed fifth at 125 and Jake Yayan was sixth at 171.

Burns head coach Mark Hofman received the 3A Coach of the Year award, shared by his assistants Ray Cate, Dally Swindlehurst, Mike Ribeiro and Ben Cate.

Individual match results for the Hilanders are as follows:

112 — Thomas Cain lost by fall (2:46); won by fall (4:45); lost by fall (4:34).

125 — Nonnenmacher won by fall (4:16); won by decision 5-4; lost by decision 6-1; lost by decision 7-5; won by major decision 17-6.

130 — Bennett received a bye; won by decision 7-5; lost by major decision 9-1; won by fall (1:31); won by fall (5:15).

135 — Bailey won by fall (1:46); won by decision 3-2; won by decision 8-2; lost by decision 8-2.

145 — Masterson won by technical fall (6:00); won by fall (1:40); won by fall (:40); lost by decision 1-0.

152 — Gahley received a bye; lost by major decision 12-2; won by fall (4:02); won by decision 5-2; won by decision 3-2 OT; lost by decision 6-1. Beau Blackburn received a bye; lost by fall (5:34); lost by major decision 14-1.

160 — Wright won by fall (1:43); won by fall (1:24); lost by major decision 15-5; won by fall (4:40); lost by technical fall (3:42).

171 — Yaryan lost by fall (5:43); won by major decision 12-3; won by fall (4:34); lost by decision 6-2; lost by decision 4-0.

189 — Swindlehurst won by fall (1:50); won by fall (2:40); won by major decision 12-4; lost by decision 12-9.

215 — Hanner won by fall (:44); won by fall (1:02); won by fall (4:27); won by decision 7-4.

285 — Swartzlender received a bye; won by fall (:35); won by fall (:28); won by fall (1:25).

One Response to “A decade of dominance for Burns”

  1. John Reeder Says:

    How interesting; when I lived in Burns in 1955-1956 (after graduating from HS in Portland) I only knew of two wrestlers for Burns High School, Carl Wilkie as a heavyweight and William (Bill) Guthridge at 165 lbs. I remember once when the carnival came to town and they had a wrestler who challenged anyone in the audience to wrestle him with a cash prize being offered to anyone who could beat him. Carl was talked into the ring (he was out of high school) and ending up throwing the wrestler out of the ring and was disqualified (no money for him) for such an evil deed. The local youth disagreed and the resulting uproar forced the carnival to pack up and leave town. Now in the case of Bill, I heard that he had to have transportation by his dad (no wrestling team) to compete and ended up as second in state in his weight class (he also made all state on the football team as a guard). I believe that all of this is correct if my memory serves me correctly.

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