Coach John Wachsmuth with wrestlers (left to right, back row) Noah Wachsmuth, Johnny Garcia, and Jeremiah Wachsmuth, all of whom took state titles.
As of Friday, May 1, 2015
Local wrestlers stood atop the podium at this past weekend’s Kids State Freestyle and Greco Wrestling Championships held at Mt. View High School in Bend.
Noah and Jeremiah Wachsmuth, as well as Johnny Garcia, placed first in their respective categories for both styles of wrestling. This is Noah’s fifth-straight triple crown.
Noah, who is an eighth-grader at Hood River Middle School, wrestled in the School Boy/Girl 105-pound category for Cobra All-Stars — a wrestling club based in Portland. In freestyle, Noah defeated two opponents by technical fall (10-0) and one by a fall; in Greco, Noah received a bye in the quarterfinal and defeated both his opponents by fall to take first.
Jeremiah, who is enjoying his first triple crown win, is a third-grader at Westside Elementary, and also wrestles for Cobra All-Stars. He won by fall in the semifinal and by a 12-9 decision in the final to take first in the Intermediate 50-pound category for freestyle. In Greco, Jeremiah received a bye in the semi and defeated his opponent via fall to take the title.
Wrestling for Hood River’s Elite Edge Wrestling Academy was Johnny Garcia, who is a seventh-grader at HRMS. Garcia, competing in the Novice 112-pound class, won by technical fall (10-0) in the semifinal and won by a 6-3 decision in the final round to win the freestyle category. In the semifinal of Greco, Garcia won by technical fall (10-0) and then a close 1-0 decision in the final.
In the School Boy-Girl 120-pound weight class and wrestling for the Hood River Youth Wrestling Club was eighth-grader Tristan Keely. He received a bye in the first championship round of the freestyle tournament, but lost the next round to fall into the consolation bracket. He then defeated his next two opponents by fall and technical fall (10-0), and lost to his next two opponents to receive sixth place in the tournament.