Bryce McMahon of Hermiston ties West Albany's Eli Marvin in a knot Feb. 27 in the class 5A 140-pound semifinals at the state wrestling tournament in Portland. The sophomore advances to today's final against Eric Luna of Cleveland.
Pendleton's Mike Savage grapples with John Hedge of Thurston Feb. 27 in the class 5A, 135-pound semifinal at the state wrestling tournament in Portland. Hedge, the top seed in the bracket beat Savage 11-6 to advance to today's final. Savage moves to the consolation bracket.
?Rosario Resendez-Rios of Irrigon (right) catches hold of Nestucca's Valery Silva in their class 2A/1A 112-pound semifinal at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 27 in Portland. Rios won 19-5 to advance to today's final against Wallowa's Colby Byers.
Hermiston senior Ben Jorgensen takes Thurston's Joe Gardner to the mat in the class 5A, 119-pound semifinal Feb. 27 in Portland. Jorgensen advanced to today's final with a 7-2 win.
Jeremiah Pine of Umatilla struggles to escape Brice Haskell's grasp on Feb. 27 in what would prove to be the last match for the Viking wrestling program.
PORTLAND ? After two days of wrestling at the OSAA State Championships, Hermiston has wrapped up a third state title in a row and could join smaller schools Burns and Culver in three-peats as all three lead the team standings headed into today?s final round.
While a three-peat is nothing historic in Oregon wrestling ? 10 teams have won at least three titles in a row since 1962 ? Hermiston senior Ben Jorgensen has a chance to become just the Dawgs? second three-time champion and the first to do it in consecutive seasons.
The other is assistant coach Kyle Larson, who won in 2000, ?02-?03.
Jorgensen advanced to the 119-pound championship with a 7-2 win over Joe Gardner, the No. 1 seed out of Thurston. Of their 11 semifinalists, Jorgensen is one of six Bulldogs to advance to today?s finals.
Joey Delgado (103 pounds), C.J. Dircksen (112), Bryce McMahon (140), Cody Britt (152) and Curtis Berger (171) are the Dawgs? other finalists. Nine more Bulldogs will be in action in the consolation bracket with a chance to medal.
Hermiston had 234 points going into today?s finals and could set a state record if they can score more than the 269.5 Burns had in their 2007 state title run.
While the Bulldogs could have their worst day of wrestling today and still win the team title, another area school will need every last point possible to walk away with the first-place trophy.
McLoughlin trailed Sweet Home by 1.5 points headed into Friday?s semifinals but moved just one wrestler into the finals in 285-pounder Angel Palacios. They are in third place entering today and will need to catch Henley, which surged into first from outside the top five with 106 points. Mac-Hi finished the day with 99.5 points.
The Pioneers still have six more wrestlers competing in the consolation bracket, though, and still should be able to bring home hardware of some kind.
The last time the team won a state title was 1992.
Pendleton didn?t manage any wrestlers in the finals when Mike Savage lost his semifinal match to Thurston No. 1 seed John Hedge 11-6 but still have Roman Holcomb and Trevor Hancock, along with Savage, alive in today?s consolation matches.
Irrigon?s Rosario Rios advanced to the finals and will face Wallowa?s Colby Byers, the No. 2 seed.
Irrigon 171-pounder Giles Ellet also has a chance at a lesser placing.
Riverside has one wrestler going for gold in 171-pounder Brigham Hansen, who won both of his matches
Friday by pinfall, spending a combined 8:07 on the mats.
He?ll face Colton No. 1 seed Clayton Burtis.
Two are teams were finished with the state appearances after Friday?s action, one of them for good.
Umatilla?s Jeremiah Pine was knocked from the brackets by Sheridan?s Brice Haskell in a 3-1 loss that brought an end to Umatilla wrestling for the foreseeable future.
Heppner also was bounced after failing to record a win.
The tournament will kick back up this morning with the remaining consolation matches, followed by the finals this evening.