Schilling wins first wrestling ‘triple crown’ in 26 years

Colton Schilling became the first wrestler in 26 years to win the “triple crown” of Oregon high school wrestling when he won state championships in the Greco-Roman and freestyle state tournaments earlier this month.

Winners of the “triple crown” are state champions in high school collegiate-style, Junior Division freestyle and Junior Division Greco wrestling.

Schilling, a freshman, was one of nine Sweet Home wrestlers to place at the freestyle tournament, held at Oregon State University last weekend and one of eight place-winners at the state Greco tournament held April 17-18 at Oregon City High School.

Schilling won the state high school tournament in February at 103 pounds. His wins at the Greco tournament and at OSU were at 119 pounds, in the Juniors Division. In both of those finals he came from behind to defeat Steven Lantry of McKay, a senior and 6A state runner-up at 112 pounds.

The last wrestler to win the triple crown from Sweet Home was Troy Santana, who did it at 134 pounds in 1984.

“Colton Schilling’s triple crown is incredible,” Sweet Home Coach Steve Thorpe said. “He is just a tough, tough kid. I was very proud of his accomplishment.”

Thorpe noted that there is no separation between school classifications in freestyle and Greco wrestling, unlike the collegiate style tournament, in which 1A and 2A schools are grouped together and each of the larger school classifications, 3A through 6A, has its own tournament.

Senior Brock Crocker, who won the state 4A 152-pound championship in February, ended his high school career with second-place finishes at 160 pounds in both Greco and freestyle, also in Juniors. Crocker is a seven-time freestyle and Greco state placewinner and a four-time high school state placer.

“Brock has been as consistent as any kid I have ever coached,” Thorpe said. “He has been an incredible leader. Now that he is done he can start to focus on which school he will wrestle at.”

Other state runner-ups were Tyler Schilling, Colton’s younger brother, in the Greco 80-pound Schoolboy Division, and Kris Newport in the freestyle 145-pound Juniors Division, and Trever Olson, in the freestyle 140-pound Cadet Division.

Other place-winners for Sweet Home include the following:

Olson, who was fourth in Greco, also in the 140-pound Cadet Division; Robert VanHoose, sixth in both Greco and freestyle in the 60-pound Intermediate Division;

Travis Thorpe, third in Greco and fifth in freestyle in the 70-pound Intermediate Division;

Eric Blanchard, fourth in Greco in the 100-pound Novice Division;

Aaron Blanchard, sixth in Greco in the 80-pound Novice Division;

Ian Search, sixth in freestyle in the 112-pound Schoolboy Division;

Colby DeCleve, third in Greco in the 130-pound Cadet Division; and

Zach Gill, sixth in freestyle in the 285-pound Cadet Division.

The top eight placers in divisions Intermediates through Cadets qualified to competed in the Western Regionals this June in Pocatello, Idaho.

The top two finishers in Cadets and top three in Juniors qualify for the national tournament in Fargo, N.D., in July. Sweet Home Mat Club Coach Steve Schilling was selected as one of the Cadet National Team coaches.

“I am excited to see what some of these guys are going to do at the National Tournament,” Steve Thorpe said of the four qualifiers, Colton Schilling, Crocker, Newport and Olsen.

The team will take a break and then will start training again in June for the Western Regionals in Idaho. Following the Santiam Wrestling Camp at Sweet Home in July, the nationals qualifiers will travel to Fargo, Thorpe said.

He said the spring wrestling is critical to the Huskies’ success in the state collegiate tournament.

“The reason that we are successful is because of the extra time we put in during the off season.”