Wrestling keeps busy

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

January 10, 2007

Until late last week the Hood River Valley Eagles had not hosted a wrestling meet yet this season. With three meets in three days, the Eagles have seen plenty of their home mats now.

“If the guys are feeling anything like me they must be pretty tired because I’m exhausted,” Eagles coach Rich Polkinghorn said.

After a win against Gresham on Thursday, the Eagles finished second overall at the Elks Memorial tournament on Saturday. The Tournament featured Silverton, Reynolds, Beaverton, Centennial, Lakeridge, Columbia, Madison, and unattached wrestlers, with the Eagles finishing 18.5 points behind first-place Silverton.

The Eagles finished the day with three weight class champions: Joe Johnson at 171 pounds, Cameron Kiyokawa at 215 pounds, and Alex Titus at 275 pounds. They also had second place finishers in Julio Avila at 125 pounds, Sean Baker at 135 pounds, Ben Eddy at 140 pounds, Justin Tolentino at 160 pounds and Lucas Mondragon at 189 pounds.

The Eagles only had one day before taking on David Douglas on Monday night for a conference dual meet. The wear and tear on the Eagles showed as they went toe-to-toe with the Scots but came up a few takedowns short as David Douglas came up with a 32-22 win. Hood River went into the final match trailing 23-22 and needed a pin to get the victory. However, Douglas’ Ryan Biel used a low center of gravity to keep away from the Eagles’ Alex Titus and preserve the win.

“I’m disappointed in the loss,” Polkinghorn said. “I’m not disappointed in the kids, just disappointed that we didn’t come out on top.”

The Eagles now get a few days off before head to Sunset for a non-league matchup on Saturday.

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