Monday, January 16, 2006
January 11, 2006
After a tough loss in last week’s dual meet against Crook County, the Eagles’ wrestling team stepped onto the mat Saturday with one major objective in mind: winning their annual home tournament.
And win it they did, in grand fashion. The annual Elks Memorial Invitational Wrestling Tournament brought eight teams to Hood River Valley High School this year. And after several rounds of action, the Eagles had 11 of their 15 wrestlers in the finals. In the end, the Eagles took first by an overwhelming margin over Tualatin, Lakeridge, Aloha, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Marshall and Roosevelt high schools.
“It’s always nice to take home first place,” said Coach Rich Polkinghorn. “And it’s always nice to be on the winning team. We get such a jaded perspective of competition being in the Intermountain Conference (IMC). The teams on Saturday were sort of in the mid-pack in their conferences so it showed us that the team is stronger than we thought.”
Of the 11 that made it to the finals, seven took first place overall, which is seven out of only 10 weight classes. First-place finishers were Gage Morris at 103 pounds, Jose Ramirez at 112, Brandon Nakamura at 125, Kevin Dye at 130, Erick Lujano at 160, Sal Ledezma at 189 and Cory Miller at 125.
Second place finishers were Ben Eddy at 145, Justin Tolentino at 160, Lucas Mondragon at 189 and Hector Gonzales at 275.
Last season, the Parkrose Broncos edged Hood River by two points in the tournament to take first place from the Eagles. They would have none of that this year, as their nearest competition, second place finishers Tualatin High School were about 50 points behind.
Elks Invitational tournament winners receive a fairly unique award. Rather than a medal, recipients get an Elks mini semi-truck, with an engraved plaque fastened to the side. Ramirez, Gonzales and Lujano added another truck to their garage as repeat winners.
In perhaps the best and most inspiring match of the day, Ben Eddy faced a Marshall wrestler for first and second place. After taking an early lead, Eddy took a blow to the nose and began bleeding heavily. The match had to be stopped several times for the blood, which was remedied first by plenty of sanitary solution and cotton sticks packed in Eddy’s nose.
The Madison wrestler aggravated the situation, and Eddy’s blood soaked through the cotton like spilled wine through a paper-towel. With injury-time running down to zero, as a last resort HRVHS trainer Ed Medina lubed another swab with petroleum jelly, crammed it up Eddy’s nostril and tightly wrapped athletic tape several times around his head and face.
Clearly constrained, Eddy wrestled with heart and strength through the ordeal. With the match within a couple points at the last 30 seconds, Eddy made a mistake that put him on his back. He was pinned with four seconds remaining in the final period.
“Ben is a tough kid,” Polkinghorn said. “He’s battled his way into varsity and he’s turned into being very scrappy. It takes a lot of guts to keep going out there when your nose keeps bleeding like that.”
The tournament win gives Hood River momentum for their second league dual meet at Hermiston High School Wednesday night.
Then on Saturday, the boys travel to the Sunset Tournament before returning home on Jan. 20 to take on league rivals, The Dalles/Wahtonka Eagle-Indians (varsity at 7:30 p.m.).
The Eagles’ top five (so far):
Jose Ramirez — 14-2, 10 pins
Leo Gonzalez — 12-0, 10 pins
Erick Lujano — 12-6, 4 pins
Gage Morris — 11-5, 3 pins
Sal Ledezma — 9-3, 4 pins
1st Gage Morris- 3-0, 3 pins
1st Jose Ramirez- 2-0, 2 pins
1st Brandon Nakamura- 3-0
1st Kevin Dye- 2-0, 2 pins
1st Erick Lujano- 2-0
1st Sal Ledezma- 3-0, 2 pins
1st Cory Miller- 3-0, 2 pins
2nd Ben Eddy- 1-1, 1 pin
2nd Justin Tolentino- 2-1
2nd Hector Gonzalez- 2-1,
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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