Eagle wrestlers come out on top

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

December 13, 2006

Hood River Valley Wrestling continued its roll to begin the season with a pair of victories last week. In a dual meet against Sandy on Thursday, the Eagles won 62-16 while they swept four other teams to win the Lincoln High School Tournament on Saturday.

Against Sandy, Hood River recorded pins in seven of the 14 weight classes, with six of those coming in the first round. Gage Morris earned a technical fall win over Sandy’s Chris Kreiger at 119 pounds, Cory Miller, Cameron Kiyokawa, Lucas Mondragon, J.J Johnson, Aaron Mallon, Ben Eddy and Julio Avila all won by pins. Johnson earned the fastest pin of the day, taking down Sandy’s Brad Grubbs 56 seconds into their match.

On Saturday, the Eagles pushed their record to 8-1 on the season when they emerged victorious over Tigard, Beaverton, Lincoln and Sunset to take home the first place trophy from the Lincoln Tournament.

Several HRVHS wrestlers came away with 4-0 records from the day, including Sean Baker, who upset No. 5-ranked Andy Howe of Tigard in a 6-4 decision and Alex Titus who pinned No. 6-ranked Marshall Kennedy of Tigard. Titus is currently undefeated on the season and holds a No. 2-ranking, the only HRVHS wrestler to be ranked so far this season. He finished with three pins in the tournament.

Other wrestlers with perfect records on the day included J.J. Johnson and Lucas Mondragon, who finished the day with four pins.

Ben Elby came away with a 3-1 record, including an 8-3 upset win over No. 19 ranked David Troung of Tigard.

To win the championship Hood River defeated Tigard 42-27, Beaverton 57-22, Lincoln 73-9 and Sunset in the championship match 41-32.

The HRVHS wrestlers hit the mat again on Thursday when they square off against David Douglas.

Wrestling notes: The Hood River Youth wrestling team kicked off their season last week in The Dalles with 12 wrestlers competing. Ryan Zeller, Mac Lane, Tanner Montgomery and Bryce Wilkins all finished in first place, with Zeller and Montgomery finishing with four pins each, and Wilkins finishing with three. Justin Wilson and David Brunk finished in second place, while Gabriel Marquez, Skylar Tennant, Christian Marquez, Tyler Wilson, Kurt Wilkins and Derrick Van Ek finished in third place.

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