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Huskies win Linn County wrestling title in front of hometown crowd


January 10, 2018

BRYCE PORTER puts the squeeze on West Albany's Ethan Tyler en route to a pin in a 126=pound match.

Sweet Home wrestlers dominated the Linn County Championship tournament Friday, Jan. 5, though not necessarily from the top of the podium.

The Huskies won four of the 14 weigh classes, 13 of which they had entrees in, but a strong supporting cast of placewinners boosted Sweet Home to 258 points, ahead of Lebanon (195), West Albany (174) and Scio (165).

This was the tournament's third year and Coach Steve Thorpe said he's a fan.

"It's kind of bragging rights for the county," he said. "To win this tournament means a lot. Linn County has some good wrestling. Lebanon, Albany and Scio have rich tradition."

Tournament rules permitted only one wrestler to score, though the Huskies had as many as three in a single bracket.

Thorpe said a number of wrestlers have stepped up in recent weeks, in particular, from his team.

Individual winners were junior Robbie Yunke at 132 pounds – who pinned his way through his bracket, sophomore Travis Thorpe at 138, senior Ricky Yunke at 152 and sophomore Nich James at 170.

Travis Thorpe was also named Outstanding Wrestler for the 106- through 145-pound divisions.

"Travis had a good tournament," Steve Thorpe said.

"Robbie is a dangerous wrestler when he gets you on your back – and he will get you on your back. That makes him very good.

"What a great match," he said of Ricky Yunke's 4-2 overtime win against Scio's Brandon Zeiher in a chess match. "His go-forward, hard-work, go-go-go attitude. That's why Ricky won. The other guy was tired.

"I like to see Nich winning this tournament because it's kind of a reward for all the extra he does."

Other wrestlers who, Steve Thorpe said, stood out included Treyson Smith, who finished second at 106. Thorpe said the freshman, who had been out of wrestling for three years before being persuaded to rejoin the sport this year, has made big strides.

"In that tournament he beat two people that beat him earlier in the year," Thorpe said. "The maturity and determination he's displayed – it's exposed what kind of person he is, his character. For him to come back and do that, I'm just really proud of what he's accomplished."

Sophomore Connor Ford, at 113, was second as well.

"It would have been nice to see him win that match, but I was happy to see him get to the finals," Thorpe said.

He said he was proud of his team.

"We dominated the tournament and I'm glad for that. We didn't have 14 champions. Everybody competed in a team effort to do that and some guys finished stronger than they started."

The next few days will be busy for th Huskies, who will host Elmira in a league dual meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, before traveling to Crook County Clash in Prineville Thursday. Then they will head to the Oregon Classic at the Deschutes County Expo Center Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13.

Pape Linn County Championships

Sweet Home Results

Team Scores – (1) Sweet Home 258; (2) Lebanon 195; (3) West Albany 174; (4) Scio 165; (5) Harrisburg 116; (6) Central Linn 115; (7) South Albany 107; (8) Santiam 47.

106 – Treyson Smith (SH) pinned Colton Bowman (L) (1:00); won by tech fall over Izaiah Abrao (SA) (20-5 3:40); lost by fall to Russell Talmadge (H) (3:05); placed second.

106 – Hayden Stewart (SH) pinned Cory Stutz (CL) (0:19); lost by fall to Izaiah Abrao (SA) (2:44); lost by fall to Colton Bowman (L) (0:23); did not place.

113 – Connor Ford (SH) pinned Eddie Torres (SA) (0:52); lost by fall to Caleb Hart (WA) (2:55); placed second.

113 – Marissa Kurtz (SH) lost maj. dec. to Caleb Hart (WA) (8-0); Marissa Kurtz (SH) over Eddie Torres (SA) (5:20); placed third.

120 – Preston Ulrich (SH) lost by fall to Wyatt Richardson (L) (0:56); lost 8-7 to Wesly Lunski (WA); lost by fall to Jace Muntz (SA) (0:15); lost by fall to Mason Davis (WA) (0:51); placed sixth.

126 – Bryce Porter (SH) lost 14-13 to Hunter Zeiher (Scio); pinned Damien Rash (L) (1:08); pinned Ethan Tyler (WA) (3:28); pinned Anthony Pulido (SA) (1:33); lost to Riley Rothrock (S) (details not available); tied for third (match limits).

126 – Jackson Royer (SH) pinned Riley Rothrock (Santiam) (1:45); pinned Anthony Pulido (SA) (2:57); lost 4-3 to Chance Hendrickson (H); placed second.

132 – Gavin Walberg (SH) lost 10-3 to Hunter Robison (Scio); pinned Bryce West (Scio) (3:41); lost 10-3 to Hunter Robison (Scio); placed fourth.

132 – Robbie Yunke (SH) pinned Connor Schaffner (WA) (0:26); pinned Bryce West (Scio) (0:43); pinned Wyatt French (WA) (1:18); placed first.

138 – Tristan Calkins (SH) – lost 14-2 maj. dec. to Pedro Tecpile (SA); lost by fall to Seth Jackson (WA) (1:48); did not place.

138 – Isaac Schaffer (SH) lost by fall to Seth Jasckson (WA); lost by fall to Pedro Tecpile (SA)

1:49; did not place.

138 – Travis Thorpe (SH) pinned Devon McIntire (WA) (1:59); maj. dec. Tucker Drummond (L) 14-2; dec. Jacob Mask (Scio) 10-6; placed first.

145 – Justin Kurtz (SH) pinned Brendan Hughes (WA) (2:57); lost 10-0 maj. dec. to Mike Day (CL);

pinned Marick Best (L) (0:31); pinned CJ Mitchell (SH) (4:34); placed third.

145 – CJ Mitchell (SH) lost by fall to Marick Best (L) (3:12); pinned Talon Henness (Santiam) (1:36); pinned Korben DeZurney (Scio) (3:28); pinned Thaddeus Flores (L) (1:33); lost by fall to Justin Kurtz (SH) (4:34); placed fourth.

152 – Boe Baxter (SH) dec. Trona Free (WA) 8-3; lost 10-1 maj. dec. to Brandon Zeiher (Scio); pinned David McCormick (Santiam) (1:14); pinned Daniel Simmons (Scio) (1:53); pinned Brock Barrett (L) (1:13); lost to Cody Klient (L) (match details not available); tied for third (match limits).

152 – Ricky Yunke (SH) pinned Zach Mitchell (Santiam) (0:37); pinned Cael Matta (SA) (1:20); dec. Brandon Zeiher (Scio) 4-2 OT; placed first.

160 – Hayden McDonald (SH) pinned Justin Bledsoe (L) (0:29); lost 13-8 to Chander Strauss (H)

13-8; pinned Gary McDaniel (Scio) (0:30); pinned Brody Davidson (Santiam) (1:21); pinned Adam Stratemeyer (Scio) (1:41); tied for third (match limits).

160 – Noah Moore (SH) lost by fall to Adam Stratemeyer (Scio) (1:29); dec. Nicholas Bohanan (SA) 6-0; pinned Mason Rouillard (H) (0:50); lost by fall to Chander Strauss (H) (3:33); lost by fall to Adam Stratemeyer (Scio) (4:29); finished sixth.

170 – Nich James (SH) pinned Tristen Haines (Scio) (2:37); maj. dec. Jordan Humphries (SA) 13-1; dec. Leithan Briggs (H) 8-3; placed first.

170 – Damion Schocker (SH) lost 9-2 dec. to William Simmons (Scio); pinned Caleb Bullock (L) (3:00); pinned Tristen Haines (Scio) (3:52); dec. Jordan Humphries (SA) 4-3; lost by fall to Mason Sloan (CL) 0:41; placed fourth.

JACKSON ROYER works on South Albany's Anthony Pulido at 126 pounds.

182 – Bryce Coulter (SH) pinned over Joan Tapia (H) (0:46); lost 7-3 to Dru Cook (Scio);

pinned Ryan Imel (Scio) (1:14); won by tech. fall over Joseph Blisseck (L) (19-4

6:00); placed third.

182 – Iakona Howerton (SH) lost by fall to Dax Bennett (H) (0:42); lost by fall to Ryan Imel (Scio) (1:45); did not place.

195 – Levi Baird (SH) pinned Forrest Myres (WA) (2:19); lost by fall to Jimmy North (CL) (4:18);

lost by fall to Caulin Leach (WA) (1:24); pinned Forrest Myres (WA) (0:18); placed fifth.

220 – David McMullen (SH) pinned Ryan Miller (SA) (2:16); lost by fall to Colton Craigmyle (Santiam) (2:46); lost 5-0 to Alec Fillmore (L); pinned Hunter Hampl (WA) (5:56); placed fifth.


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