Friday, March 4, 2011
Robert Frasier had plenty of personal motivation to beat Hermiston's Abraham Rodriguez in the 5A 145-pound semifinals Saturday afternoon.
Facing Garrett Urrutia of Lebanon, an opponent he had never met, the chance to be a state champion provided all the motivation Frasier needed.
The HRV senior pinned Rodriguez, who beat him the week prior for the Special District II title, in the semifinals and then pinned Urrutia in the second round of the finals to become the 145-pound 5A state champion.
"It was fun," a grinning Frasier said. "I went out on top my senior year and that's what it's all about."
After losing in the semifinals each of the previous two years, Frasier tore through the competition this year, winning all four of his matches by fall or technical fall.
"The last two years I made it to the semifinals and couldn't finish; and now it means I'm on the next level," he said.
Rodriguez and Frasier would have made a worthy finals match-up - the two were ranked 1-2 for much of the season - but Frasier wound up being seeded sixth in the tournament thanks to HRV's move from 6A to 5A this year.
Rodriguez was the No. 2 seed with fellow Hermiston wrestler Matt Kilsdonk ranked No. 1. Kilsdonk was upset in the first round but Rodriguez and Frasier moved through the bottom of the bracket to meet in the semis.
Rodriguez had the upper hand throughout the first round of the match and took an early lead with a takedown.
The Hermiston wrestler made a critical error early in the second, though, when he went to his knees to try and get a better grip on Frasier. Frasier twisted loose, pushing Rodriguez to his back in the process, and had him pinned seconds later.
"Oh, no way," Frasier said when asked if he needed any extra motivation to take down Rodriguez.
Frasier went into the finals fired up and Urrutia stood no chance.
Both wrestlers tried to feel out each other's weaknesses and neither scored in the first round. Urrutia picked the down position to start the second round and it proved to be his first and last mistake of the match.
Frasier simply muscled Urrutia forward onto his shoulders, rolled him onto his back and had the victory by fall 2:39 into the match.
As soon as the referee whistled the pin, Frasier let out a roar of celebration, signed his bout sheet, then grabbed coach Trent Kroll in a bear hug. As soon as he had squeezed all the breath out of his coach, it was older brother David's turn.
"My brother has been there since I started," he said. "He's been a partner, a coach, a mentor. He's been everything. Coach Kroll sharpened it up a little bit. It's been a great, great four years with Kroll."
In his first two matches of the tournament, Frasier left strong signs that he was not going to be stopped short of a championship this year.
He beat Jason Vinton of Bend by a pin 52 seconds into their first-round match and then beat Garrett Miller with a 15-0 technical fall in the second round of their match.
"Robert did a great job," Kroll said. "He got through the stress of waiting and I'm super proud of him."
Frasier doesn't intend to be finished winning titles just yet. He still has two more wrestling discipline seasons to go and intends to wrestle collegiately next year.
"I'm going to do freestyle and Greco here pretty soon and my next goal is to be a triple crown," Frasier said. "And then it's off to college and wrestling the big boys."
Frasier was not the only HRV wrestler winning a title over the weekend. Katie Eddy won her second straight girls wrestling state championship on Saturday at 122 pounds, while Frannie Ybarra came back from a year off from wrestling and won a title at 114 pounds.
Ybarra dominated Jazzy Umemoto of David Douglas throughout their match, putting Umemoto to her back for two takedowns early and then keeping on her stomach for practically the entire match. Umemoto was repeatedly called for stalling, giving Ybarra four of her points in a 6-1 win.
"She looked she didn't want to wrestle," Ybarra said. "She just didn't move."
Ybarra won a championship in 2009 as a freshman but took the next season off before returning this year.
"It feels great," she said. "All the work paid off."
Eddy also got her match started with a takedown against Kiera Gabeldon of North Salem, got an escape in the third round and then got the final point of a 4-0 win after Gabeldon was called for stalling in the final minute.
Gabeldon had beaten Eddy two weeks ago, so the win was sweet revenge for Eddy.
She nearly qualified for the boys tournament after finishing fifth in the District II tournament, and would have to decide between the girls or boys tournament if she qualifies next year. She's not worried about that, though.
"I would have to decide next year," she said. "But that's a decision I want to make."
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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