Redmond — With COVID wiping out meets at Southridge, Siuslaw, and Liberty on Saturday, the two-day event in Redmond took precedence over everything in the wrestling world this weekend. A loaded lineup of stars and teams flooded the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, giving us a mini state meet preview type of feeling ahead of another major tournament next week at Dallas High School. Two-time defending state champion Thurston finds themselves on pace for a third consecutive title, jumping over early season losses and returning to a healthy, elite competition roster. Their performance at the Oregon Classic further reinforces the momentum that they’ve gained up to this point.
The Colts romped competition in pool play, putting up heavy 54-6 and 42-18 dubs over South Albany and La Pine. Kaylee Annis, Averie Stockwell, Rubie Winterburn, and Gabi Gilbert all picked up wins in less than 45 seconds, with every match win resulting in a pin for Thurston. Their dominance would continue into the championship bracket, flashing up a pair of 48-12 wins over Taft and McKay to advance into the championship round against Sweet Home, who had defeated Century and fought to beat La Pine to advance against the Colts. Sweet Home would fight and give the Colts their best match of the meet, but Thurston would ultimately prevail 36-24 to win the Oregon Classic over the Huskies. Although Sweet Home fell in the finals, Kami Hart put up an eye popping 17 second pin on Melanie Weinhold to wrap up the meet, sending the team out on a high note.
McKay put up a nice showing in the Oregon Classic, coming back home to Salem with a third-place finish against La Pine. They rolled in their pool matches with Century, Harrisburg, and Grant Union, setting themselves up for a showdown with Thurston after cruising against Scappoose to open the championship bracket. Anabel Rivera and Marilyn Mentado picked up the only wins for the Scots, who fell 48-12 to the dominant Colts lineup. In the third-place match, McKay finished strong with a 33-12 win over La Pine, spotlighted by Sarahi Chavez’s 1:01 pin over Cortanie Hendry and strong fights from Marlene Ramirez and Jaleata Rodriguez against Riley Allison and Kira Kerr.
In the subsequent championship places, Taft defeated Scappoose 33-18 to take fifth place and Century took out North Medford 30-18 to capture seventh place. Out of the rest, South Albany won against the third-place pool teams and Riverside out of the fourth-place pool teams. Next up on the schedule is the major invite at Dallas High School next Saturday, which is scheduled to feature Sweet Home, West Linn, Cleveland, Thurston, and others,