By Randy Parks
Jake White of Burns won the 160-pound weight class in the 3A tournament. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The Burns Hilanders might not have brought home their 11th consecutive 3A state wrestling title, but they still performed well, finishing sixth in the team standings and having five wrestlers place, including one champion.
Jake White won the gold medal at 160 pounds by defeating Sean Ripley of Rainier 6-2 in the championship match.
Seth Nonnenmacher finished second at 138 pounds, Matson Gahley took third at 152 pounds, and Thomas Cain (120) and Beau Blackburn (160) both finished sixth.
Also competing for the Hilanders at the state tournament held Feb. 24-25 in Portland were Parker Paramore (126), Brennan Bailey (145), Nolan Stampke (182) and Austin Piper (195).
White began his title run by pinning Kevin Beard of Glide in 32 seconds. White then won by fall over William Rose of Rainier and moved into the final match by pinning Jon Britt of Illinois Valley.
Nonnenmacher opened the tournament winning by fall over Carlos Montalvo of Gervais. He then beat Garrett Short of Glide 7-3 and topped Clay McClure 5-2 in the semi-finals.
Gahley won his first match by fall over Kyle Lopez of Warrenton before losing an 8-3 decision to the eventual champion Luke O’Connor of Glide. In the consolation bracket, Gahley pinned Chris Puckett of Clatskanie, beat Ty Hughey of Illinois Valley 6-4, won by fall over Trevor Hunt of Willamina and then wrapped up third place with a fall over Bradley Rains of Myrtle Point.
Cain lost by fall in his first match and then advanced with a forfeit. Cain moved into the medal rounds by pinning Marquis Jefferson of De La Salle North Catholic. He then lost by fall to his next two opponents to place sixth.
Blackburn received a bye in the first round and advanced with an 11-5 win over Dillan Rizueno of Myrtle Point. In the semis, Blackburn lost a 6-5 decision to Shipley that put him in the consolation bracket. Blackburn then lost a 17-3 major decison to Tucker Davison of Dayton and a 15-6 major decision to Britt.
Paramore drew a tough opponent in the first round, going up against a defending state champion in Walker Damewood of Glide. Damewood won by fall over Paramore and would go on to win his second individual title. In the second round, Paramore lost by fall to Mario Ramos of Vale.
Bailey drew a bye in the first round and was knocked into the consolation bracket with a 7-1 loss to Jay Lysne of Lakeview. Bailey advanced with a fall over Calvin Hayes of Colton before being eliminated with a 12-4 loss to Jacob Howard of Santiam Christian.
Stampke lost a 12-0 major decision to Kyle Whelchel of Sheridan in the first round and was knocked out of the bracket with an 8-0 loss to Neil Sutfin of Lakeview.
Piper lost his first match 11-7 to Julian Northrup of Illinois Valley and then lost by fall to Brey Syverson of Waldport.
Nyssa won the team title with 171 points, followed by Willamina with 165, Glide 143.5, Dayton 125, Illinois Valley 92, Burns 89, Riverside 87, Vale 81, Gervais 52, Myrtle Point 52, Rainier 49, Waldport 47, Harrisburg 46.5, Lakeview 45.5, Sheridan 45, Grant Union 44, Rogue River 44, Santiam Christian 38, Colton 30.5, Coquille 29, Amity 13, De La Salle North 6, Jefferson 4, Warrenton 3, Clatskanie 2, Corbett 1.
The Crane Mustangs scored 65 points at the 2A/1A state tournament in Portland and brought home the fourth-place trophy. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The Crane Mustangs returned home with a trophy in hand from the 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships Feb. 24-25 in Portland.
The Mustangs finished fourth in the team standings with 65 points and had four individual placers.
Crane’s Austin Roath wrestled his way to a second-place finish at 113 pounds and Zach Cody was the runner-up at 145 pounds. Wyatt Clark finished third at 126 pounds and Jake Clark earned fourth at 106 pounds.
The Mustangs’ Andy Lamborn (113), Corey Jenkins (126), Tanner Titus (152), Greg Thompson (160) and Donald McDermond (285) also competed at state, but failed to place.
In his first match, Roath pinned Cody Fouche of Nestucca and then won his semi-final match 7-3 over Tristan Henderson of Oakridge. In the finals, Roath lost by fall to Noe Gonzalez of Culver.
Cody opened the tournament with a fall over Brody Edmunds of Oakridge, followed by an 11-8 win over Quin Johansen of Vernonia. In the championship match, Cody lost 9-0 to four-time state champion Quinn Johnston of Gold Beach.
W. Clark beat Andrew Miles of Scio 4-3 in his first match and then lost a heart-breaker to Alejandro Quintana of Neah-Kah-Nie in the semis. Quintana scored a reversal in the final four seconds to pull out a 6-5 win. Clark bounced back in style however, pinning Austin Bigbee of Mohawk and decisioning Steven Bodnar of Glendale 5-1.
J. Clark won by fall over Monroe’s Tyler Sherman and then lost by fall to Quinton Hook of Hosanna Christian. Clark then advanced by pinning Jasper Kamerer of Nea-Kah-Nie before losing by fall to Brock Hickman of Enterprise.
Lamborn lost by fall to Gonzalez of Culver, won 8-4 over Taylor Ball of Oakridge and then lost 11-9 to Henderson of Oakridge.
Jenkins lost by fall to Jared Kasch of Culver and lost a 5-3 decision to Austin Bigbee of Mohawk.
Titus pinned Oakland’s Ryan Comstock, lost by fall to Jesus Retano of Culver and lost 6-4 to Mark Ishida of Adrian.
Thompson opened up with an 11-5 loss to Ben Ballard of Monroe, beat Miguel Gutierrez of Culver 2-1 in overtime and lost 2-0 to Mark LaCoste of Central Linn.
McDermond pinned Dillon Johnson of Crow, lost 9-2 to Josh Parazoo of Scio and lost by fall to Brad Toombs of Gilchrist.
Culver won their sixth consecutive 2A/1A team title, finishing with 132 points. Lowell was second with 118.5, followed by Gold Beach 68, Crane 65, Neah-Kah-Nie 60, Vernonia 60, Enterprise 49, Nestucca 47, Central Linn 32 and Hosanna Christian 31 in the top 10.