Husky wrestlers come away with pair of trophies from county championships


January 9, 2019

NICH JAMES avoids a takedown against three-time state champion Dax Bennett of Harrisburg in the 182-pound final.

Sweet Home's boys and girls both won team titles at the Papé Linn County Championships tournament held Friday, Jan. 4, at Harrisburg.

Coach Steve Thorpe said his wrestlers enjoyed a chance to wrestle competitors they'd faced at local middle school and mat club tournaments when they were younger.

"(Coach) Michael Cox of Lebanon started this tournament four years ago and got Papé to sponsor it, and it's turned into a very tough, very cool tournament," Thorpe said. "It's kind of bragging rights for the county, and it's nice to do that. We've won that tournament three years in a row now."

The boys scored 305 points to second-place Lebanon's 235.

The Huskies had five individual champions: Kyle Watkins at 106 pounds, Robert Watkins at 132, Jackson Royer at 138, Travis Thorpe at 152 and Hayden McDonald at 170.

Watkins was named Outstanding Wrestler for weight classes 106-145 and Thorpe for 152-285.

Thorpe pinned all three of his opponents to win his weight bracket handily. Watkins pinned his first two opponents, then beat Lebanon's Wyatt Richardson 10-8 in the title match.

"Richardson is a very good wrestler," Steve Thorpe noted.

"I like how we competed. We've got some kids who are starting to get more competition, bigger matches under their belts. Some of our second guys are competing really well. They're really getting the job done."

Bryce Porter, the No. 4 seed at 138 pounds, beat No. 1 seed Riley Suttles of Harrisburg, who was third in the state in the 3A division last year, 5-4.

Kyle Watkins, at 106, beat No. 1 seed Russell Talmadge, a returning state placer, 2-1 in the final.

"That's a good win for Kyle," Thorpe said.

He noted that Jackson Royer's and Porter's 1-2 finish at 138 was an indication of the depth the Huskies have.

"That was probably one of the toughest brackets in the tournament," he said.

At 170, McDonald pinned his first two opponents, then major-decisioned South Albany's Nicholas Bohanan 15-7 in the final.

"Hayden McDonald is continuing to be a pinner and win matches," Thorpe said.

Boe Baxter had a good run at 160, winning three matches before losing 5-1 to Lebanon's Chase Miller in the final.

Nich James pinned his first two opponents at 182 pounds, then lost 11-7 to three-time state champion Dax Bennett of Harrisburg in the final.

"Nich lost, but he probably wrestled as good as I've ever seen him wrestle," Thorpe said.

"At this point in the season, winning and losing doesn't matter. At this point, it's how you're performing and competing. That's what matters right now."

This was the first year for the girls tournament and although team scores weren't posted, the Huskies finished with three first places, from Lexi Schilling at 113, Marissa Kurtz at 125, and Kailey James at 130. All three beat teammates along the way.

"We ran into ourselves a couple of times, but that's good," Thorpe said. "The girls are clicking now."

The girls regional tournament will be Feb. 1-2 at Thurston, where wrestlers will qualify for the state tournament on Feb. 22-23.

Sweet Home will host Banks, for the first time ever, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Papé Linn County Championships

Team Results – (1) Sweet Home 305; (2) Lebanon 235; (3) Scio 149; (4) West Albany 144; (5) Harrisburg 123; (6-tie) Central Linn, South Albany 86; (8) Santiam 29.

Sweet Home Boys Results

106 – Kyle Watkins pinned Cory Stutz (CL) :35; pinned Tanner Wallace (L) 1:07; dec. Russell Talmadge (H) 2-1; placed first.

106 – Alex Kisselburgh lost by fall to Tyson Patton (Santiam) 2:30; lost maj. dec. to Tanner Wallace (L) 11-0; pinned Cory Stutz (CL) 1:44; placed fifth.

113 – Treyson Smith pinned Colton Bowman (L) 3:04; dec. Hagen Johnson (CL) 3-2; lost by fall to Rian Howard (L) 1:44 placed second.

120 – Christian Gregory pinned Logan Bond (SA) 1:49; lost by fall to Caleb Hart (WA) :57; pinned Isaiah Abrao (SA) :53; won by inj. def. Over Connor Ford (SH). Placed third.

120 – Connor Ford pinned Bayne Barker (WA) :28; lost 8-2 to Brayden Burton (L); won tie-breaker over Logan Bond (SA) 6-4; Lost by inj. def. To Christian Gregory (SH); placed fourth.

126 – Tristan Spencer pinned Greg Sather (WA) 3:21; pinned Jace Muntz (SA) :49; lost 10-4 to Chance Hendrickson (H); placed second.

126 – Keegan Fox lost by fall to Kade Mask (Scio) 1:32; lost by fall to Kade Mask (Scio) 1:40; did not place.

132 – Robert Watkins pinned Joe Burton (WA) :53; pinned Bryce West (Scio) 5:58; dec. Wyatt Richardson (L) 10-8; placed first.

132 – Brayden Newport pinned Chase Merritt (CL) 4:46; lost by tech fall to Wyatt Richardson (L) 16-0 4:58; pinned Hunter Zeiher (Scio) 2:00; pinned Ethan Tyler (WA) 5:05; placed third.

138 – Jackson Royer pinned Tony Belcastro (CL) 1:17; dec. Austin Dalton (L) 7-3; maj. Dec. Bryce Porter (SH) 11-2; placed first.

138 – Bryce Porter pinned Jimmy Donaldson (CL) 1:21; dec. Riley Suttles (H) 5-4; lost 11-2 maj. Dec. to Jackson Royer (SH); placed second.

145 – Robbie Yunke pinned Boden Lindberg (WA) :38; pinned Caleb Day (CL) 2:25; lost 9-4 to Jacob Mask (Scio); placed second.

145 – Gavin Walberg pinned Tanner McMahon (CL) 1:12; lost by fall to Jacob Mask (Scio) 3:56; pinned Logan Lamonte (WA) 2:49; pinned Brynden Bevins (H) 4:47; lost by fall to Caleb Day (CL) 3:52; placed sixth.

152 – Travis Thorpe pinned Trenton Tuomi (L) 2:00; pinned Trona Free (WA) 3:24; pinned Shan Athwal (WA) 1:50; placed first.

152 – Isaac Schaffer lost by fall to Daniel Simmons (Scio) 3:20; lost by fall to Cameron Garinger (L) 4:41; did not place.

160 – Boe Baxter pinned Mason Rouillard (H) 1:03; dec. Brody Davidson (Santiam) 13-7; lost 5-1 to Chase Miller (L); placed second.

170 – Hayden McDonald pinned Josiah Nordstrom (Scio) 4:35; pinned Justin Bledsoe (L) 1:23; maj. dec. Nicholas Bohanan (SA) 15-7; placed first.

170 – Noah Moore lost 9-6 to Nicholas Bohanan (SA); lost by fall to Justin Bledsoe (L) 3:51; pinned Brendan Hughes (WA) 2:48 placed fifth.

182 – Nich James pinned Weston Watts (Santiam) 1:05; pinned William Simons (Scio) 4:47l lost 11-7 to Dax Bennett (H); placed second.

182 – Damion Schocker lost by fall to Dax Bennett (H) 1:51; pinned Austin Leach (WA) 1:32; pinned Joseph Nelson (Scio) 1:02; lost 4-2 to William Simmons (Scio); lost by fall to Jordan Humphries (SA) 5:42; placed sixth.

195 – Nick Rice pinned Riley Zimmerman (Scio) :52; lost 8-1 to Jacob Jimenez (L); pinned Forrest Myres (WA) :24; lost by fall to Riley Zimmerman (Scio) 1:26; placed fourth.

195 – Lance Hanson lost by fall to Forrest Myres (WA) 1:41; lost by fall to Riley Zimmerman (Scio) 1:27; lost by fall to Forrest Myres (WA) :26; finished sixth.

220 – Jake Fanning lost by fall to Hunter Hampl (WA) 1:45; pined Juan Garcia (WA) 4:50; pinned Josue Ramirez (L) 2:34; lost by fall to Ryan Miller (SA) 1:58; pinned Levi Baird (SH) 5:55; placed fifth.

220 – Levi Baird pinned Ryan Miller (SA) 1:58; lost by fall to Joseph Blisseck (L) 1:01; lost by fall to Hunter Hampl (WA) 1:36; lost by fall to Jake Fanning (SH) 5:55; placed sixth.

285 – David McMullen pinned Bradley Layton (WA) :46; pinned Mathew Perry (SA) 1:05; lost by fall to Justin Malone (CL) 1:46; placed second.

285 – Kenny Storms lost by fall to Justin Malone (CL) :12; lost by fall to Mathew Perry (SA) 1:46; lost by fall to Bradley Layton (WA) 5:22; placed sixth.

Sweet Home Girls Results

105 – Sicily Neuschwander lost 12-6 to Hannah Erz (CL); pinned Kayla Gamble (Santiam) :37; lost maj. Dec. to Riana Martin (Scio) 12-2; placed third.

115 – Lexi Schilling pinned Zoe LaPlant (WA) :39; pinned Madelyn Neuschwander (SH) 1:08; placed first.

115 – Madelyn Neuschwander pinned Zoe LaPlant WA) :24; lost by fall to Lexi Schilling (SH) 1:08; placed second.

125 – Marissa Kurtz pinned Aislinn Stroud (Santiam) 2:38; pinned Paige Chafin (SH) 2:00; pinned Madison Weekly (WA) :55; placed first.

125 – Paige Chafin pinned Madison Weekly (WA) 1:34; lost by fall to Marissa Kurtz (SH) 2:00; pinned Aislinn Stroud (Santiam) 1:26; placed second.

130 – Kailey James pinned Kassandra Miller (Santiam) 3:31; won by injury default over Jessy Hart (SH); placed first.

130 – Jessy Hart lost by injury default to Kailey James (SH); pinned Kassandra Miller (Santiam) 1:42; placed second.

155 – Katen Edwards lost by fal to Erica Simmons (Scio) 3:01; pinned Dyanna Arnold (SH) :49; placed second.

155 – Dyanna Arnold lost by fall to Erica Simmons (Scio) 1:51; lost by fall to Katen Edwards (SH) :49; placed third.

SWEET HOME'S boys celebrate their wins at the Papé Linn County Championships meet Friday, Jan. 4.


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