PORTLAND - In a night dominated by traditional powerhouses, Roseburg reclaimed its spot atop the class 6A ranks while Hermiston, Burns and Culver all continued title runs at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state wrestling championships at Memorial Coliseum.
Roseburg won the 6A title for the third time in four years by scoring 298.5 points, just missing the record of 303 set last year by Hermiston at the 5A level. Hermiston finished with 269 points and its fourth-straight title since the OSAA expanded from four classes to six in 2006-07.
Burns won it’s ninth-straight title at Class 3A and Class 2A Culver matched Hermiston with it’s fourth-straight title.
Scappoose scored only its second title by upending defending championg Sweet Home, 195 to 182. The Indians, with a long tradition but only one title in 1974, built an early lead in the tournament and matched the Huskies the rest of the way. Both teams finished with nine place-winners.
The tournament’s traditional powers showed up in several finals that featured intrasquad rivalries. In the round of finals at 119 pounds, CJ Dircksen and Joey Delgado of Hermiston fought it out for the 5A championship one mat from Dan Faas and Reed Van Anrooy of Roseburg who were wrestling for the 6A championship. “It really sucks, because we’re both good buddies,” said Faas, the top-ranked wrester at the weight. “We got milkshakes and Slurpies together this morning, but when it comes to the mat we’re supposed to hurt each other.”
Faas, a senior, won his second state title against his unranked freshman teammate. That match was followed by a pride battle between Reed Van Anrooy’s older brother Drew, and second-place Newberg’s three-time champion Tommy Siciliano. In a spirited and controversial match that had half the Coliseum’s spectators on their feet, Siciliano did just enough to hold off Van Anrooy and become the 18th wrestler in Oregon history to win four titles.
Siciliano survived an apparent late takedown by Van Anrooy - which was reversed for the two being out of bounds, and won 3-2 as fans booed for his stalling in the final 15 seconds.
Siciliano was so nervous that he spent much of his post-match celebration throwing up in a garbage can while being slapped on the back by jubilant teammates.
In Class 3A, Burns, which won the title last year by just 2.5 points, scored a 38-point victory over Reedsport, which won a pair head-to-head championship finals.
Burns senior Dallas Root won the 125-pound title for the Hilanders as well as his family.
“I’ve wrestled since the fourth grade, so that’s nine years, and I have two older brothers who wrestled,” Root said. “It’s always been a dream to have a state champion in the family and in my final year, now we do.” Culver took home the Class 2A title by outscoring Lowell 139.5-95.
The Bulldogs have won or finished runner-up in eight of the last nine years.
GOVERNMENT CAMP - Hood River Valley, led by a dominating performance from its boys team, won the combined title for the first time in more than 15 years at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state finals Thursday and Friday at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Colton Swearingen won the giant slalom and finished third in the slalom to claim the boys individual title and lead the boys team to the top combined finish.
Hood River's girls got a seventh-place finish from Morgan Nance, but its depth helped it finish second in the team standings.
Mckenzie Burns of West Linn won the giant slalom and finished third in the slalom to claim the girls individual title.
Jesuit won the girls combined title, but its boys team finished sixth and it took third in the combined standings, one spot behind 2009 state champion Summit.
Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association State Championships, March 4-5 Mt. Hood Meadows
BOYS-GIRLS COMBINED 1. Hood River Valley, 2. Summit, 3. Jesuit, 4. Bend, 5. South Eugene, 6. West Linn, 7. Oregon Episcopal, 8. Ashland, 9. Southridge, 10. Lake Oswego, 11. Corvallis, 12. Lakeridge, 13. Sunset.
INDIVIDUAL GIRLS SLALOM 1. Ricki Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:27.33; 2. Alicia McCord, Oregon Episcopal, 1:30.85; 3. Mckenzie Burns, West Linn, 1:30.89; 4. Dena Horstkotte, Jesuit, 1:31.29; 5. Ciara Timm, Bend, 1:31.93. GIANT SLALOM 1. McKenzie Burns, West Linn, 1:53.92; 2. Ciara Timm, Bend, 1:53.92; 3. Ellie Mattson, South Eugene, 1:54.15; 4. Kate Puddy, Mountain View, 1:55.18; 5. Morgan Nance, Hood River Valley, 1:56.08. COMBINED 1. Mckenzie Burns, West Linn; 2. Ciara Timm, Bend; 3. Alicia McCord, Oregon Episcopal; 4. Kate Purdy, Mountain View; 5. Anna Rischitelli, Oregon Episcopal; 6. Kori Coggin, Bend; 7. Morgan Nance, Hood River Valley; 8. Tessa Yost, Jesuit; 9. Maddie Chaves, Ashland; 10. Angelina Mayer, Summit. TEAM COMBINED 1. Jesuit, 2. Hood River Valley. 3. Summit, 4. Bend, 5. Oregon Episcopal.
BOYS SLALOM 1. Christian Schuster, Summit, 1:16.08; 2. Jordan Schiemer, Summit, 1:16.23; 3. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:17.26; 4. Mark Whittier, Churchill, 1:17.89; 5. Steven Lantz, Southridge, 1:18.11. GIANT SLALOM 1. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley, 1:48.58; 2. Alex Ramsey, West Linn, 1:50.30; 3. Kristoff Fowler, Hood River Valley, 1:51.85; 4. Pierce Whalen, Hood River Valley, 1:52.78; 5. Juhyun Shin, South Eugene, 1:52.84. COMBINED 1. Colton Swearingen, Hood River Valley; 2. Christian Schuster, Summit; 3. Alex Ramsey, West Linn; 4. Mark Whittier, Churchill; 5. Juhyun Shin, South Eugene; 6. Pierce Whalen, Hood River Valley; 7. Theo Wogan, Klamath Union; 8. Tommy Keil, Grant; 9. Nick Wogan, Klamath Union; 10. Froncisco Soldevilla, Lake Oswego. TEAM COMBINED 1. Hood River Valley, 2. Summit, 3. South Eugene, 4. West Linn, 5. Klamath Union.
Boys and girls snowboarders closed out the state meet in the halfpipe at the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association (OISA) Saturday.
The 11th state championships brought more than 200 prep athletes from nearly 30 schools across Oregon to Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort for three days of competition beginning on Thursday.
"The girls did awesome. The guy are throwing down great runs," OISA President Chip Treadwell said. "I think most of the kids had a great time."
Friday's boy's slopestyle winner Kenny Srofe put on a show for the judges in the halfpipe, putting together back-to-back spins and hoping for his second win of the contest.
"This pipe's fun, it's nice and fast today," Srofe said following his second run.
Ryan Jacobsen, head coach of Wilson High School was impressed. "The boys are looking really strong, they've got their tricks down," he said.
Nathan Langer, head coach of Sandy High School had reason to be optimistic standing at the top of the hill.
"Our girls took our team slopestyle, our guys took the team slopestyle, the girls took team halfpipe and we've got first and second for halfpipe so far for girls." Langer's team is composed mostly of sophomores and juniors, including sophomore, and girl's slopestyle winner, Sarah Gall.
"I was just really nervous my second round because my first round I fell, so I had to get my second round otherwise I would have nothing," Gall said. Gall left with the victory in slopestyle Friday and contributed to her team's halfpipe victory Saturday.
Treadwell felt the weekend was a success, paraphrasing the OISA's mission statement, Treadwell said, "We want to develop high school snowboarders through coaching excellence, individual excellence through team development, and competitive events. If we can do that then we'll have accomplished something."