It’s the start of a new year, but still the same old wrestling action! After taking a pause over the holidays, wrestling tournaments returned on Friday and Saturday across Oregon, bringing us plenty of action to soak in as we start to hit the meat of the season. Here are your quick hit rundowns on each major tournament that happened this weekend and the results of them:
Pape Linn County Championships
The #3 ranked Sweet Home Huskies were victorious in their home arena this week, winning with 131 points to West Albany’s 88-point total. In the individual classes, Central Linn’s Hannah Ertz won her third tournament title of the season, defeating Kendra Jamison in the finals of the 105 class. West Albany star Richi Campbell and Sweet Home star Paige Chafin won their categories, with Campbell winning in less than a minute while Chafin went all three rounds with fellow star Ariana Martinez of West Albany, winning in a 7-2 decision over Martinez. Sweet Home would sweep through the 130, 140, and 145 categories, while Anna McDougal took down Kami Hart to win the 170 category for the Cobras.
WIAA Kelso Girls 2022
Up in Kelso, WA, Oregon teams made some appearances and late entries after the cancellation of the Don York Invite at Cleveland HS in Portland. McKay’s freshman phenom Sarahi Chavez took third place in the 100 category and teammate Angelina Paniagua took fourth place in the 110 class. Century’s Samantha Shipley finished runner-up in the 120 class, Crescent Valley’s Miah Egner went home third in the 125 class, Oregon City star Isabella Amaro dominated the 140 class, fellow Three Rivers star Destiny Rodriguez won the 155 class, and Newport’s Madisen Pillers took home the title in the 235 class! In the overall standings, Hermiston finished the highest of all Oregon schools with 94 points and a fifth-place finish overall.
Back in the confines of Oregon, Dayton hosted a tournament on Saturday consisting of a blend of big schools and small schools. McKay would end up winning the tournament with their second group of wrestlers, finishing with 115 points to McNary’s 88 points. Sharleen Gonzalez, Lizeth Chavez, Marlene Ramirez, and Madylin Xiong got the Royal Scots titles, McNary got help with Kaylynn Villalobos, Caitlin Saldivar, and Yared Calderon individual titles, Estacada picked up a few from Rowena Yandell, Kirsten DeLazerda, and Dana Glasser, while host Dayton soaked in the final title with Tana Williams. Another note from Dayton: Sutherlin sent four wrestlers, three of whom finished runner-up in their weight classes!
King of the Hill: Elmira wins with 28 points
JO-HI Tournament: Grant Union wins the 56 points
Southridge Invite – January 15th
Bob Beisell – January 15th, Basinki Center (Forest Grove)
Oregon Classic – January 14th and 15th, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center (Redmond)
Nick Lutz Invite – January 15th, Siuslaw HS