prep wrestling

Wrestling begins to heat up

West Linn takes Rose City, Crook County dominates the South
Dec. 15, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The prep wrestling season hit full speed Friday and Saturday with West Linn earning a solid tournament victory in Portland, while Crook County turned some heads in two two tournaments.

The Lions won the Rose City Championships at Westview High, earning a trio of individual titles.

But, the Cowboys were the big winners of the weekend, taking the North Bend Coast Classic in Coos Bay while finishing second at the Culver Invitational in Central Oregon.

Crook County narrow missed winning at Culver, finishing behind Glide by just 9.5 points (258.5-249). The team had 10 wrestlers finish in fourth place or higher, including Brent Bannon, who won at 126 pounds.

In Coos Bay, the Cowboys dominated the field with 299 points, easily outdistancing Roseburg with 219.5 points. The team had nine wrestlers place third or higher, including four champions:  Trayon Libolt at 120, Collbran Meeker at 152, Tyler Berger at 160 and Gunnar Robirts at 195.



List of contenders begins to fill

Multiple district champions have several schools pegged as state favorites
Feb. 19, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With two days until the state wrestling championship begins, the schools with large numbers of district champions have emerged as either favorites or contenders to win a team title at Memorial Coliseum.

Crook County leads all teams with nine district champions at Class 4A, a class that's seen significant power shifts since the state moved to six classes in 2007. Five schools have won the 4A title in those six years, with only Sweet Home winning twice. Last year, the title was decided by just three points, with Cascade edging Henley.

Sweet Home is back with seven district champions, Henley, which finished third, has six and Cascade has four. Crook County finished fourth last year.

Glide, at Class 3A, has eight district champions, while four other schools have seven - half the number of champions available in each district tournament. In addition to Sweet Home and Hillsboro, Hermiston, Culver and Willamina all have seven.

The state championships begin with first-round matches in the 16-wrestler brackets at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Finals are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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