The Philomath High School wrestling team went up against some of Class 4A’s best competition on Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Classic in Redmond and came away with three wins and two losses in the duals tournament.
Sophomore River Sandstrom, freshman Porter Compton and freshman Riley Barrett won four of their five matches. Senior Chase Ringwald, senior Ty Olson, senior David Griffith and sophomore Brady Russell each went 3-2 at the tournament. Senior Caleb Blackburn and senior Ben Hernandez shared time at 122 pounds with Blackburn winning two of three on Friday and Hernandez splitting two bouts on Saturday.
Philomath on Friday finished third out of four teams in Pool A. The Warriors beat Marshfield, 49-27, but lost to defending state champion La Grande, 63-10, and Estacada, 53-30. Other pool winners were Tillamook, Crook County and Sweet Home.
In the championship bracket, La Grande took the tournament title with Crook County second and Sweet Home third. Philomath competed in the third-place bracket and defeated North Marion, 66-16, and Henley, 60-24, for first place among that four-school group.
Philomath entered wrestlers in 13 of the 14 weight divisions with no entrants at 115 pounds.
Sandstrom at 108 opened the tournament with a loss on a third-period pin against Marshfield but then reeled off four straight victories the rest of the way — all on pins.
Blackburn defeated opponents from Marshfield and Estacada — the latter in just 11 seconds — during Day 1 action at 122 with his loss coming on a 7-0 decision against La Grande. Hernandez took over at 122 on the second day and won against North Marion with a first-period pin before dropping a match against Henley.
Compton’s four wins at 128 included three pins and a 7-0 decision, which came in his opening bout in the Marshfield dual. At 134, Barrett took care of four opponents on first-period pins but suffered his first loss this season against La Grande’s Tommy Belding, another freshman who has been turning heads in the wrestling community early this season.
At 140, Ringwald had a major decision victory on the first day and finished strong on the second day with a pair of pins. Olson wrestled at 147 and opened with a pin vs. Marshfield and defeated both of his Saturday opponents with late first-period pins.
Griffith returned to action for the first time since early December and won on a pin in 40 seconds in his first match at 172. He won both of his Day 2 matches with an injury default victory and a pin in 55 seconds. Russell at 197 won his opener as well on a pin and took down two opponents on the second day on pins that both occurred late in the first period.
Junior Gradin Fairbanks, junior Jared Gerding and freshman Lake Mulberry each had two victories in the tournament. Fairbanks had 154 bounced back from a rough first day and won twice on pins. Gerding at 184 also had two pins during Saturday’s session. And Mulberry at 222 had victories on pins vs. Marshfield and North Marion.
Junior Jacob Hamlet went 1-2 at the tournament — that record not including two victories he was awarded on forfeits. Competing at 287, Hamlet’s win on the mat came in his opener vs. Marshfield on a first-period pin. Sophomore JJ Lewis went 1-4 at 162 with his win coming in the Estacada dual with a pin early in the second period.
The tournament was staged at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.
Nick Lutz Memorial Tournament
Philomath High juniors Ellie Morton and Emmalyne Robinson both placed second and sophomore Sadie Francis placed fourth in Saturday’s Nick Lutz Memorial Tournament at Siuslaw High School in Florence.
Competing at 105 pounds, Morton won her first two matches with first-period pins against opponents from Amity and South Eugene to reach the championship bout. In the finale, Morton ran into Siuslaw’s Macali Lade and lost on a pin.
Robinson competed at 145 with one other wrestler, Lakeview’s Rebecca Patzke. Robinson won the first bout on a pin but Patzke took the next two on a pin and technical fall.
Francis also had a 1-2 record, which was good for fourth at 120, with the win against a Junction City wrestler in the consolation semifinals on an 8-1 decision.
Those performances landed Philomath at eighth with 25 points among the 18 teams competing in the tournament. Lakeview finished first with 71.5 points.
For the boys, Philomath finished 21st in the team standings with five freshman wrestlers competing.
Ben McGovern reached the fifth-place match at 195 where he defeated a Willamette opponent on a pin in 3:43. McGovern lost his first match in the quarterfinals, regrouped to win in the consolation bracket’s third round and then lost in the semifinals, which put him in the fifth-place match.
Lukas Hernandez also had a victory in the tournament at 126. Hernandez opened with a pin in 3:52 over a Siuslaw wrestler but then lost on a tough 13-10 decision in the quarterfinals before falling in the consolation bracket.
Mathew Ropp (132), Dillon Osborns (145) and Derick Kohn (182) all competed as well.