Marquez 2nd, DeHart 4th at Coast Classic

Christian Marquez and Andrew DeHart represented Hood River Valley High School wrestling with podium finishes over the weekend at the North Bend Coast Classic, which is regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Fighting through 30-person brackets, Marquez, a junior wrestling at 132 pounds, won three straight to advance to the championship match, which he lost 7-6 to finish second. DeHart, a senior at 152 pounds, finished fourth overall after winning three straight and getting knocked out of the championship round in the semifinals.

Team scores were dominated by Central Oregon wrestling powerhouse Crook County, which finished with 299 points to take the trophy. Roseburg and Dalles rounded out the top three while HRV, with 62.5 points, finished 20th out of the 28 teams in attendance.

“You could easily say that this is the toughest tournament in the state,” coach Trent Kroll said. “Even tougher than the state meet. It brings together seven of the best teams from each division, which makes it extremely competitive.”

This is the fourth year HRV has been invited to compete in the tournament — a testament, Kroll says, to the continued success the program has seen in recent years.

“It took a while for us to establish ourselves as a consistent top finisher in the state,” he said. “It’s nice to be invited to this tournament. It is a reflection on our program. Of course we would like to see more than two wrestlers finish on the podium; that just goes to show we have a lot more work to do.”

Competing at the weight between Marquez and DeHart, Junior Rojas had a good tournament in the 145-pound weight class. The senior lost his opening match by a tough 6-4 decision but rebounded to pin his next three opponents before losing one round shy of a podium finish.

Steven Swafford had a similar result at 182 pounds, where he won his first match, lost his second, won his next three and then lost the next, one round short of placing.

Team scores:

1st: Crook County, 299 pts.; 2nd: Roseburg, 219.5 pts.; 3rd, Dallas, 162.5 pts.; 20th, HRV, 62.5 pts.; 28 teams total, 30-man brackets

HRV results

113 pounds.: Jessica DeHart, 0-2; 126 pounds: Dylan Peterson, 0-2; 132 pounds: Christian Marquez, 3-1, 2nd place; 145 pounds: Junior Rojas, 3-2; 152 pounds: Andrew DeHart, 4-2, 4th place; 160 pounds: Jeremy Fischer, 0-2; 170 pounds: Ian Rand, 0-2; 182 pounds: Steven Swafford, 4-2; 220 pounds: Max Lane, 0-2; 285 pounds: Sebastian Barajas, 1-2

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