No rest for wrestlers

Eagles compete in two tough contests over break

Hood River Valley High School wrestlers traveled to two major tournaments since school ended for the holiday break. Last weekend the team loaded into vans and dove down to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions, which is dubbed the toughest tournament in the country. After a few days break for Christmas, the team hit the road again on Thursday to compete in the Northwest Duals tournament in Hillsboro. Highlights from each are as follows.

Reno Tournament of Champions

Although the Eagles had no placers in this massive tournament, most wrestlers won at least one match and several won two; a detail Coach Trent Kroll says is praiseworthy considering how early in the season the tournament takes place and the caliber of teams in attendance.

113 pounds: Jessica Dehart, 2-2

120 pounds: Dylan Peterson, 0-2

132 pounds: Christian Marquez, 2-2

138 pounds: Texx Spezia-Schwiff, 1-2

145 pounds: Junior Rojas, 1-2

145 pounds: Chas Peterson, 1-2

152 pounds: Jeremy Fischer, 1-2

152 pounds: Andrew DeHart, 2-2

160 pounds: Kyle Weseman, 2-2

170 pounds: Ian Rand, 1-2

182 pounds: Steven Swafford, 0-2

220 pounds: Max Lane, 0-2

285 pounds: Sebastian Barajas, 0-2

At Northwest Duals:

The Eagles went 4-4 in this two-day dual-meet tournament over the weekend. Team scores and individual highlights are below. Individual recognition goes to Steven Swafford and Christian Marquez for going undefeated in the tournament.

Friday: 52-24 win vs. South Salem, 38-30 loss vs. Century, 51-28 loss vs. Sunset, 60-12 win vs. Lakeridge; Saturday: 44-27 win vs. Woodburn, 54-21 loss vs. Colony, Alaska, 43-36 loss vs. Silverton, 36-36 win vs. Cleveland.

Highlights from the tournament include Jessica DeHart finishing 4-1 at 113 pounds, Christian Marquez finishing with a perfect 7-0 record, Texx Spezia-Schwiff winning three, Chas Peterson finishing 5-2, Andrew DeHart finishing 6-1, Kyle Weseman finishing 5-2 and Steven Swafford winning seven of seven.

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