Wrestlers tops in Tillamook Tournament

After two dual-meet match losses to Tillamook over the past three weeks, Sweet Home’s wrestlers roared back to take the championship trophy Friday at the Cheesemakers own tournament.

Behind four individual champions, the Huskies scored 202 points, to the hosts’ 176, to take the title. McLoughlin was a close third (172), followed by Cascade (165), Willamina (112) and Molalla (65).

“I’m happy with how we wrestled,” said Coach Steve Thorpe. “That is a tough tournament when you throw in Tillmaook, Mac High and Cascade. Willamina is one of the tougher 3A schools and Molalla was missing some wrestlers.”

Individual champions for Sweet Home were Mitch Grove at 119 pounds, Kris Newport at 130, Taylor Tagle at 135 and Brock Crocker at 145.

“All the guys who were champs wrestled tough,” Thorpe said. “We had some big matches in some other rounds, too,” mentioning Chris Ferris, who was second at 135, losing to his teammate Tagle in the finals, and Kyle Sorenson, who won a sudden victory in the 140-pound consolation final to take third.

Other second-place winners were

Kyle Hummer (140), Anthony Albright (189) and Marc Callagan (215).

In addition to Sorenson, third-place finishers were Tyler Holly (112), Marshall Arndt (125) and Brad Pitts (160).

Other finishers for the Huskies were: Scottie Stockman, fifth at 103; Matt Grove, fourth at 119;

Donny Roberts, sixth at 152; and Zane Wise, sixth at 285.

“We’re starting to get in shape and do the things we need to do, though we’re still a long way from where we’ve got to be,” Thorpe said. “We’re using what we work on. We’re wrestling very physical right now and I think that’s important for us. It will help us down the line.”

The Huskies are scheduled to wrestle in the Resers Tournament of Champions at Liberty High School in Hillsboro Friday and Saturday.

The tournament field is a “Who’s Who of Oregon wrestling, one of the toughest three tournaments in the nation,” Thorpe said. Entrants include 87 placewinners at last year’s state championship, and 15 2007 state champions, including 4A title winners Gabe Goodrich, Seth Honl and Ryland Geiger of Scappoose and Bubba Owens and Dustin Woosley of Tillamook.

“We’re seeking out some of the best competition,” Thorpe said.

Sweet Home 74, Newport -3

Sweet Home not only swept its matches, but Newport ended up with a negative score after one of its wrestlers was penalized by the referee for misconduct on the mat.

Scottie Stockman got the Huskies off to “a good start,” according to Thorpe, by pinning Josh Jackson in the 103-pound bout. The next three wrestlers won by forfeit and then Kris Newport faced David Converse in the 130-pound match.

According to Thorpe, Newport had Converse, who placed fifth in the state last year at 125 pounds, on his back within five seconds. Thorpe said Converse cursed and hit Newport in the face and raked at his eyes during the bout until the referee stopped the match with about 30 seconds to go and awarded the victory to Newport, kicking Converse out for flagrant misconduct.

Thorpe said Anthony Albright’s 11-9 win in the 189-pound match over Cody Hayner, the defending district champion and seventh-place finisher at state, “was a good one.”

Newport Results

103 €“ Scottie Stockman (SH) pinned Josh Jackson (N) 1:05; 112 €“ Tyler Holly (SH) won by forfeit; 119 €“ Mitch Grove (SH) won by forfeit; 125 €“ Matt Grove (SH) won by forfeit; 130 €“ Kris Newport (SH) won by disqualification over David Converse (N); 135 €“ Taylor Tagle (SH) maj. dec. Ian Soifakis (N) 15-5; 140 €“ Kyle Hummer maj. dec. Danny Lexberg (N) 18-9; 145 €“ Brock Crocker (SH) pinned Tyler Donaldson (N) 3:20; 152 €“ Jack Perry (SH) pinned Jordan Hayner (N) 3:51;

160 €“ Tyler Paulino (SH) dec. Isaac Lome (N) 9-7; 171 €“ Brad Pitts (SH) pinned Kevan Johnson (N) 3:17; 189 €“ Anthony Albright (SH) dec. Cody Hayner (N) 11-9; 215 €“ Marc Callagan pinned Dylan Ferguson (N) :59; 285 €“ Logan Clark (SH) won by forfeit.