Eagles trounce The Dalles-Wahtonka

January 25, 2006

For as long as many coaches can remember, the Eagles’ wrestling team has had a rivalry with The Dalles and Wahtonka high schools, from as far down as the middle school level. And now that the high schools to the east have combined to form the Eagle-Indians, the prep rivalry has doubled into what is now perhaps one of Hood River Valley’s most important dual meets every season.

On Friday night, Hood River hosted The Dalles-Wahtonka in the teams’ first of two meetings this season. And in that meeting, the Eagles trampled the Eagle-Indians 47-23.

The dual opened with the 140 pounders wrestling first. After three wins in a row for The Dalles-Wahtonka, over Ben Eddy at 140, Bill Hunter at 145 and Justin Tolintino at 152, the Eagles rebounded to win the nine of the remaining 11 matches.

“We knew going into the meet where they were the strongest,” Coach Rich Polkinghorn said. “Fortunately (Alex) Titus was able to come up with a big win for us (at 215) and turn things around.”

After falling behind in the first three rounds, Titus caught his opponent in a double under hook and picked up the pin with only seconds left in the match. Solid wins from Erick Lujano and Lucas Mondragon preceded Titus’s come-from-behind victory.

At 103 Gage Morris picked up a similar win, pinning his opponent in a cradle with only 30 seconds left in the match. Senior Jose Ramirez picked up his 21st win of the season with a 12-4 victory at 119. At 125, Julio Avila stepped up to varsity to defeat Eagle-Indian Scott Sullivan in a 15-0 technical fall. Senior Leo Gonzales bettered his season record to 18-1 with a 19-4 technical fall to finish the dual in fine form for the Eagles.

Results vs. TDW

103 lbs: Gage Morris pin in 5:30

112 lbs. Tanner Weatherill, win by forfeit

119 lbs. Jose Ramirez win, 12-4

125 lbs. Julio Avila win, 15-0

130 lbs. Kevin Dye 9-7 loss

135 lbs. Leo Gonzalez win, 19-4

140 lbs. Ben Eddy loss

145 lbs. Bill Hunter loss by fall

152 lbs. Justin Tolentino 14-5 loss

160 lbs. Erick Lujano win, 5-1

171 lbs. Ricky Schmidt loss

189 lbs. Lucas Mondragon win by fall over

215 lbs. Alex Titus win by fall

275 lbs. Cory Miller win by fall

The Eagles turned around after Friday’s victory to attend two tournaments on Saturday, namely the Tigard and Stevenson tournaments. Results from those are as follows:

Tigard tournament:

112 Jose Ramirez 1st

130 Kevin Dye 1st

135 Leo Gonzalez 1st

140 Ben Edd 4th

160 Erick Lujano 1st

215 Alex Titus 5th

Stevenson tournament:

103 Gage Morris 4th

130 Brandon Tolentino 3rd

140 Tim Hampton 4th

145 Bill Hunter 3rd

152 Justin Tolentino 3rd

171 Ricky Schmidt 3rd

189 Lucas Mondragon 4th

“We as coaches are happy where the team is right now,” Polkinghorn said. “Ideally they’ll peak at districts, which means we’ll try to work hard in the next couple of weeks to get into superb shape and to break down and recover by districts … The next few weeks are critical for us.”

The Eagles will host Redmond Thursday. JV/novice starts at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.

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