Saturday, February 22, 2003
PORTLAND — State started Thursday at Portland Memorial Coliseum with little or no sign of the Hood River Valley Eagles.
The team that cruised through the Feb. 14-15 district tournament with thoughts of a top-10 state finish had just one wrestler (sophomore 103-pounder Zach Bohince) reach the quarterfinals, and only four advance to round two — one by forfeit.
“We have some good athletes on this team, but everyone at state is a good athlete,” coach Mark Brown said. “At this level, you need to dedicate yourself to being a wrestler or you’re going to get beat. You almost have to sell your soul, and we haven’t done that.”
At least three HRV wrestlers —senior Jacobe Krizman (171),
senior Tommy Owyen (275) and junior district champion Rocky Level (140) — were expected to be in the running for the title at their respective weight classes.
But, almost without warning, all three dropped their opening- round matches — two, decisively.
“I just didn’t wrestle the way I usually wrestle,” said Level, who faced senior Jason Appleton of Southridge in round one, and lost a controversial 7-5 decision.
Appleton is the only wrestler to defeat Level this season, and Level was geared up for the rematch, taking down Appleton at least once in round one. But, instead of awarding five points to Level for a takedown and nearfall, the referee declared “no control” and the round ended deadlocked at 0-0.
The score remained tied until the 1:30 mark of round three, when Appleton earned a takedown from which Level never recovered.
“I wanted it so bad, but for some reason, I just wasn’t up to it,” Level said.
Level bounced back to defeat Bo Icalia of McKay, 20-10, and Chris McCartney of St. Helens, 5-4, in the consolation round. He was scheduled to face Tyler Laird of Milwaukie on Friday, but results were not available at press time.
Owyen also won his second match of the day — a fall over Max Fishback of Grant — after losing a surprising first-round fall to Marcus Heyer of Marshfield. In the third round, Owyen beat Oregon City’s Cody Johnson by fall, and was scheduled to face Peter St. John of Beaverton on Friday.
Likewise, Krizman overcame a 16-6 first-round defeat at the hands of Westview’s Nate Stoller to manhandle John Fisher of Grant, 12-1, in the 171-pound consolation bracket. Krizman was scheduled to face Derek Arnold of Thurston in the consolation second round.
“It’s tough to see our top guys go down so early,” said junior Nigel Bond, who won his opening match, 13-4, before losing by fall to the No. 1 seed, Travis Gardner of Parkrose.
“But they’ll get back in it. All you can do in a tournament like this is go out there and wrestle,” he said.
On the bright side for the Eagles was Bohince, the 103-pound district champ. He won his opening match, 6-2, over Logan Wirkuty of Centennial, and then defeated Jeremy Bowman of Churchill, 11-6, to reach the quarterfinals.
But, like his teammates the day before, Bohince had to settle for the consolation bracket on Friday after losing a narrow 7-6 decision to Steve Renard of Sprague.
“If everyone just goes out and wrestles hard, we can still place in the top 10,” said senior Trent Shelton, who won his opening match, 9-0, over Isaac Schaff of Thurston before losing 11-3 to Ian Perro of Centennial in round two.
“It doesn’t matter if you lose in round one or the quarterfinals. You can’t get distracted by one loss, because you never know. You may come back and beat the same guy for third place later on,” he said.
Shelton went on to beat Dallin Tawzer of Southridge, 5-3, in the consolation bracket, and was scheduled to face Chris Kyllo of Canby on Friday.
Also wrestling Friday will be Bond, who bounced back from his defeat to Gardner by beating Rudy Hermsen of David Douglas, 10-1.
Fellow senior Nate Dethman will face Matt Keefer of South Albany in consolation round two after earning a forfeit over John Wiseman of David Douglas.
The lone Eagle wrestler to not advance to Friday action was senior John Harvey, who lost an 11-1 opening-round decision to Brock Leudtke of Cleveland, and a second-round consolation match, 8-4, to Chris Piatt of North Medford.
Harvey did, however, win his “pigtail” consolation match by fall over Ryan Drummond of Lebanon.
For a complete wrap-up of Friday and Saturday’s action at the OSAA state championships, see the Feb. 26 edition.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge