By René Ferrán | Nicky Olmstead photo by Taylor Balkom
The Newberg wrestling team romped to its first major tournament championship of the season, winning the 22-team Rose City Championships on Saturday at Westview High School in Northwest Portland.
The Tigers had five individual champions and 18 wrestlers on the podium to finish with 473 points, easily besting runner-up Thurston (296.5). Sprague, which finished second to Newberg at June’s OWA Class 6A state championships, placed third.
Isaac Hampton (113 pounds), Brandon Smith (120), Ethan Ritchie (132), Nicky Olmstead (138) and Charlie Evans (160) won titles for Newberg. Evans won a matchup of state champions from different classifications as the two-time 6A champion edged 3A champion Michael Fox of Willamina 8-7 in the 160-pound final.
Two other finals matched 6A champions, with Sprague wrestlers coming out on top against their Newberg rivals. At 126, Olympians senior Brayden Boyd defeated sophomore Zachary Keinonen 6-0, and at 195, senior Brook Byers won by a 21-9 major decision over junior Hudson Davis.
Another of the evening’s best finals came at 170, where reigning 6A champion Riley Davis of Sprague needed overtime to defeat West Linn’s Justin Rademacher, taking the Lions junior down 34 seconds into the extra period for the victory.
Other champions Saturday were Sweet Home’s Kyle Sieminski (106) and Colby Gazeley (285); Thurston’s Kolton Malone (145), Logan Slonecker (152) and Vaun Halstead (220); and CJ Hamblin of Mountain View in Vancouver (182).
Crescent Valley trio medals at prestigious Ironman in Ohio
Three Crescent Valley wrestlers made the podium at this weekend’s Walsh Ironman in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, one of the top high school tournaments in the nation.
Senior James Rowley, a silver medalist at this summer’s Cadet World Championships, dropped a 4-2 decision to Brody Conley of Tiffin (Ohio) Columbian in the 175-pound final. Conley will wrestle for Cornell University next year. Rowley signed last month with Wisconsin.
Junior Hayden Walters (190) and senior Gabe Whisenhunt (126) reached the semifinals and placed third and fifth, respectively, in their weight classes.
Austin Dalton won four consolation matches and nearly placed at 157, losing one match shy of the medal rounds. Daschle Lamer also came up one win short of placing at 165.
The Raiders finished seventh out of 103 schools taking part in the 27th annual tournament with 91.5 points. Blair Academy of Blairstown, New Jersey, won the team title with 176.5 points.