Emotions play out at wrestling finals

Wrestling teams finally claim state title

PORTLAND - Newberg returned to the top of the state at a record level in wrestling as the OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union championships played out Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers won the boys 6A title, the 14th for the school, which tied it with Lowell for the most of any school since the sport first began holding championships in 1948. Lowell competes at 2A/1A, but hasn't won a title since 2013.

Dallas won the boys 5A title and Thurston won the girls 6A/5A title in the other two divisions that competed Saturday.

New champs highlight Friday finals


A night of freshness overtook Memorial Coliseum on Friday as a pair of schools won their first team titles.

Harrisburg (Class 3A) and Toledo (2A/1A) won their first titles on the boys side, and La Grande won the girls title (4A/3A/2A/1A) as the highlights of the second day of the three-day event. Sweet Home (4A) won its ninth title to round out the team titles.

The Class 6A, 5A and girls 6A/5A championship finals are set for tonight beginning with the Parade of Champions at 6 p.m..

Newberg (6A), Thurston (5A) and the Thurston girls are in solid leads as the action begins in the morning.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is a lifelong resident of Oregon and has four decades of experience as a writer, photographer, videographer, broadcaster and now producer. He's a grad of Benson and the University of Oregon, and publishes Oregonsports.com as well as OSPN, which is scheduled for delivery as a streaming Mobile App in December.

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