HOOD RIVER— When a team hosts a tournament, it better be sure it can hold its own against the field or risk certain embarassment.
And when said tournament is to honor a former coach and civic leader like Jan Anderson, the pressure is even greater.
But someone forgot to mention that to the HRV wrestling team, as they bowled over the eight-team field at the annual Jan Anderson Memorial Tournament Friday at HRVHS.
The Eagles won seven of the 14 weight classes, and earned three second places, two thirds, two fourths and a fifth to take top honors. The only team that came close to HRV’s 236 points was Forest Grove, which totaled 208.
Tommy Owyen (275) and Jacobe Krizman (171) continued their undefeated season runs by cruising through their respective brackets with relative ease. Owyen earned a pin in all three of his matches, including the 2 minute, 45 second humbling of Peter St. John (Beaverton) in the finals. Krizman recorded two pins of his own en route to an easy 6-0 decision over John Davis of Roosevelt in the finals.
Other class winners for the Eagles were Josh Van Ek, who won a 7-1 decision in the 112-pound class over Carlos Holeman of The Dalles; David Posey, who cleaned up at 135 pounds with a 13-3 major decision in the finals after a pin in the semis; Trent Shelton (145), Nate Dethman (189), and Ray Muñoz (215).
Shelton pinned both his semifinal and finals opponents in record time, giving neither Brian Morrison (18 seconds) nor Zack Cox (1:34) a chance. Dethman also breezed to relatively easy victories, winning a major decision in the quarters, a 6-2 decision in the semis, and a 5-0 decision over teammate Matt Cody in the finals.
Top 189-pounder Nigel Bond had to compete at 215 pounds due to the absence of the team’s No. 1 215-pounder, Nathan Nash. Despite weighing in at just 187, Bond overcame difficult odds to take fourth place.
He never had to face Muñoz, but it may not have mattered on Friday because Muñoz was on fire. After dominating the preliminary rounds, he made quick work of Andy Altman with a pin in the semis, and then earned a tough 2-1 decision over Nick Hubbard in the finals.
In addition to the seven winners, HRV also had a few close decisions that resulted in second and third place finshes.
John Harvey lost an 8-4 decision to Gladstone’s Brian Hanni in the 140-pound bracket, after putting together a solid day that included a pin in the semis. Jason DeHart also took second, losing a 12-6 decision to Forest Grove’s John King.
Third place winners for HRV were Caleb Smith (125) and Jorge Lujano (275), while Rocky Level took fourth at 130, and Noel Thomas fifth at 160 pounds.