by Randy Parks
Jake Clark of Crane and Garrett Blackburn of Burns were both crowned state champions at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships held Feb. 27-28 at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Clark won the 138-pound weight class, becoming the first Crane wrestler in 14 years to win a state title. Clark finished his high school career in fine fashion, pinning Lowell’s Justyn Barton in the championship match.
Blackburn defeated Kyle Easterly of Culver 7-4 in the title match at 170 pounds.
Culver won the 2A/1A team title for the eighth time in the past nine years, racking up 147.5 points. Lowell finished second with 127 points.
The Mustangs placed fifth with 69 points and the Hilanders were eighth with 38.5 points.
Crane’s Dustin Ramge wrestled his way to second-place finish at 132, Sam Williams placed third at 182, and Elijah Epling (145) and Austin Roath (152) finished fourth.
The Hilanders’ Dallon Higgins earned a third-place finish at 113 pounds.
Results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:
106 — Kyran Simpson (B) lost by fall to Mike Day of Central Linn (4:57); won by fall over Chelsea Byrne of Lowell (0:52); lost by fall to Taylor Bright of Gold Beach (2:11).
113 — Higgins (B) lost by fall to Derrick Hargraves of Riddle (5:55); won by fall over Willard Neary of Nestucca (0:36); won by decision over Jordan Whittles of Nestucca, 10-3; won by tech fall over Wyatt Waldron of North Lake, 18-1 (2:28).
132 — Ramge (C) won by decision over Jerron Rhen of Culver, 5-1; won by decision over Kaleb Ballard of Monroe, 4-3; lost by decision to Joshua Connor of Lowell, 5-1.
132 — Evan Gunderson (B) lost by fall to Jorge Olivera of Culver (2:26); lost by major decision to Ryan Simpson of Knappa, 10-2.
138 — Clark (C) won by fall over Charles Hardage of Riddle (3:24); won by decision over Tucker Davis of Culver, 6-5; won by fall over Barton of Lowell (4:42).
145 — Epling (C) won by decision over Johnny Espeland of Culver, 8-5; lost by decision to Rocky Lilly of Gold Beach, 14-8; won by decision over Keith Phillips of Crow, 10-6; lost by decision to Espeland of Culver, 8-3.
145 — Corey Jenkins (C) won by major decision over Devin Johnson of Bonanza, 12-0; lost by decision to Tielar Murray of Monroe, 14-13; lost by major decision to Espeland of Culver, 12-4.
152 — Roath (C) won by fall over Alex West of Vernonia (5:44); lost by decision to Thomas Harvey of Lowell, 3-2; won by decision over Michael Sloan of Oakland, 9-5; lost by major decision to Levi Vincent of Culver, 12-4.
160 — Jonathan Schmeck (B) lost by fall to Hayden Trimble of Lowell (1:04); Lost by decision to Isaac Butler of Siletz Valley, 11-5.
170 — Blackburn (B) won by fall over Bryce Mckillup of Nestucca (0:17); won by fall over Kenny Lane of Lowell (3:05); won by decision over Easterly of Culver, 7-4.
182 — Williams (C) won by decision over Triston Devereaux of Oakridge, 6-1; lost by fall to Tanner Harvey of Lowell (0:39); won by fall over Jaiden Jones of Culver (2:22); won by fall over Andrew Goozee of Knappa (3:23).
220 — Clayton Bentz (B) lost by major decision to Samuel Thurman of Lowell, 14-2; won by decision over Niklas Merzadah of Vernonia, 5-1; lost by decision to Jared Chamley of Myrtle Point, 5-2.