Wednesday, December 28, 2005
December 21, 2005
While most kids relaxed and celebrated the opening weekend of their Christmas vacations, 258 young club wrestlers from Oregon and Washington came together in the Hood River Valley High School gym for the annual Gorge Challenge wrestling tournament, hosted by Hood River’s AirTime Wrestling Club.
The gym was busy, crowded and loud as it bustled with coaches, parents and fans cheering on wrestlers in six side-by-side matches running simultaneously.
Organizers, scorekeepers and referees struggled to keep up with the day’s hundreds of matches.
“It was a little crazy,” said tournament organizer and AirTime coach Mark Brown. “But overall it went very well. AirTime had 27 wrestlers take part and they all competed very well.
“I was very impressed with Max Lane, who wrestled up an age division ... and had a great attitude.
“Brett Hopper and Joshua Bell wrestled for first place and put on a great finals match, which ended in a tie. Wyatt Egeland wrestling in his first tournament put on quite a show by pinning two of his three opponents for first place. Wyatt is a product of our community education wrestling program. Newcomer Robert Fisher also did an outstanding job by winning his first-ever tournament. Christian Marquez dominated his bracket on the way to first place. And Jared Davis showed his experience of over four years with the AirTime program with two pins and a 10-3 victory for first place.
“We would like to thank the following for helping with this year’s tournament: Hood River Elks 1507, Lane Paving, Your Rental Center, Hood River County Chamber Ambassadors, Odell Lions Club, Rick Zeller, Jim Wilson, Adam Lapierre, Jacob Krizman, Josh Van Ek, Keith Bassham, Adam Brown and family, all the table help and all the AirTime Wrestling Club parents.”
Tanner Montgomery 1st
Jared Davis 1st
Seth Bell 3rd
David Brunk 3rd
Derrick Van Ek 4th
Catherine Kiyokowa 4th
Adrian Villegas 1st
Ryan Zeller 2nd
Brice Wilkins 1st
Ryan Lockman 2nd
Christian Marquez 1st
Robert Fisher 1st
Wyatt Egeland 1st
Justin Willson 4th
Brett Hopper 1st
Joshua Bell 1st
Kurt Wilkins 2nd
Caleb Bell 1st
Alec Runyan-Wiltz 2nd
Tyler Wilson 2nd
Steven Swafford 2nd
Nathan Bell 3rd
Dalton Jones 3rd
August Grossman 3rd
Charlie Fisher 3rd
Max Lane 4th
Skyler Tennant 4th
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