HRV wrestling dominated St. Helens in its first dual meet of the season, winning by a point total of 57-18 and it took that momentum into its second meet against Madras last week, beating the White Buffaloes 51-27.
The boys team won nine of 14 matches against Ridgeview and were led by Jason Shaner’s performance.
Shaner went up against Stefoughn Jackson from Madras in the 145-weight class division and was awarded the fall victory with 1:48 time remaining in the first round.
HRV’s Blake Willis, in the 220-pound division, and Jonathan Garcia, wrestling at 126 pounds, both won their matches by fall decisions as well.
At 138 pounds, Chad Muenzer for the Eagles won by an 11-4 decision versus Dalton Cortazar.
The girls swept the competition against Madras last week, going 3-0.
Perla Gomes, Monique Verduzco and Lexie McCafferty all won by fall decisions for the Eagles.
Two days after the dual meet against Madras, the HRV wrestling team traveled to Liberty for a tournament on Dec. 16.
At this tournament, the girls won the team point championship in a 20-team field, in large part due to their four individual champions.
Gracie McCafferty at 100-pounds, Elena Kroll at 145-pounds, Emily Mitchell at 160-pounds and Christine Marquez at 192-pounds were the four girls for the Eagles who won their weight class division at the liberty tournament.
McCafferty in her first-place match won by fall over Cecilla Ainslie of Westview and was awarded 24-team points for the girls.
In the girls 145-pound division, Kroll won by a fall decision with 2:41 on the match clock over Liberty’s Kailee Doak and received 26-team points.
A 1:40 fall decision for Mitchell against Warrenton’s Noel O`Bryan gave her the win in the first-place match and earned 24 team points.
Marquez rounded out the girls’ impressive day, winning the 192-pound division by beating Rebekah Hoover of Hillsboro. The victory was a fall decision and gave the Eagles 24-team points to help secure the Eagles 189-point day. The next closest school to HRV, in terms of point totals, was Century who earned 140 points and were awarded second place.
Other finishes for the girls at Liberty: Lexie McCafferty, second place and 20-points; Monique Verduzco, second and 20-points; Martika Lane, fourth and 14 points; Ashley Crowder, fifth place and 11 points; Trinity Jones, fifth place and 10 points; Aryn Dahlstrom, sixth place and seven points; and Perla Gomes, sixth place and seven points.
The boys as a team placed ninth overall out of the 19 teams who competed in the Liberty Tournament.
Once again, the boys were led by Shaner, who won his 132-pound weight class division.
In the 132-pound championship match, Shaner was awarded the 11-0 decision over North Marion’s Russel Stigall. Shaner earned 22.5-points for the championship victory.
Although Shaner was the lone champion for the boys last Saturday, the Eagles had two other boys achieve top-five finishes.
At 145 pounds, Victory Ortigoza placed third after beating Tualatin’s Ian Hershberger in a match that went to sudden death. Ortigoza was awarded 13 points for the third-place finish.
In the quarterfinal round of the 126-pound division, Ryan Zeller won by fall over Cleveland’s Patrick Brown to move to the semifinal. But the quarterfinal victory would be Zeller’s last of the day and the fourth-place finish would earn the Eagles 12-points.
Other finishes for the boys at Liberty: Justin Lane (106 pounds), seventh place and 11 points; Kaden Shropshire (120 pounds), seventh place and nine points; Chad Muenzer (132 pounds), seventh place and nine points; Alberto Rojas (182 pounds), eighth place and six points; Blake Willis (195 pounds)’ eighth place and six points; Jonathon Garcia (120 pounds), ninth place and nine points; Cade Parker (138 pounds), ninth place and 8.5 points; Tanner Fletcher (160 pounds), 11th place and 9.5 points; Brandon Rivera (170 pounds), 14th place and three points; Nathaniel Quintanilla (170 pounds), 15th place and three points; Lazaro Figueroa (126 pounds), 16th place and four points; Julian Salazar (152 pounds), 20th place and four points; Maverick Geller (152 pounds), 21st place and four points; Rafael Rodriguez (145 pounds), 22nd place and three points; Andrew McCreery (182 pounds), fifth place and one point; and Mile Lee (106 pounds), 24th place.
HRV totaled 137.5 team points at the Liberty Tournament.
“We had a great weekend at Liberty,” said Head Coach Trent Kroll. “We’ve started this season strong with wins in our first two dual meets then having a good team performance on both sides at the Liberty Tournament.”
Next up for the Eagles is a home match this Wednesday, Dec. 20 against Stevenson in the Battle of the Bridges dual meet. Varsity matches start at 7 p.m.