HRV wrestlers take spring championships by storm

Dylan Peterson, who took fourth in the Cadet Division of the Greco-Roman competition, grapples with an opponent.

Deona Rigert
Dylan Peterson, who took fourth in the Cadet Division of the Greco-Roman competition, grapples with an opponent.



The Hood River Valley Wrestling Club competed at the Oregon Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championship this past weekend. They weighed in Friday night and traveled down to Crescent Valley High School.

On Saturday, the athletes competed in the Oregon Freestyle State Championships in either the Junior or Cadet divisions. Freestyle wrestling is a different style of wrestling that is not used in competition throughout the normal high school season, but the fundamentals are the same. Wrestling in the Junior division, Joseph Linebarger at 220lbs, placed fifth after a grueling battle, and Max Lane at 285 pounds placed sixth. In the Cadet division, Jason Shaner wrestled hard for a fourth-place finish at 132 pounds and Justin Wilson, who was the last match of the night, placed fifth at 285 pounds.

The next day was the Oregon Greco-Roman State Championships. In Greco-Roman wrestling, the athletes are not allowed to touch the legs of the other opponents, which makes the matches all about arm strength and technique. In the Junior Division, Max Lane placed second at 285 pounds after a day of tough matches. Cadet wrestler Angel Jones placed second at 113 pounds, finishing out a great year. Also in the Cadet Division, Jason Shaner placed fifth at 132 pounds, Dylan Peterson battled for fourth place at 138 pounds, and Justin Wilson finished in fourth place at 285 pounds.

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Joanna Endow, Payton Rigert, and Sarah Sullenger display their first-place medals.

The Hood River Valley Wrestling Club women’s team also competed in the Oregon Women’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championships. In the Oregon Women’s Freestyle State Championship, Sarah Sullenger at 121 pounds, Joanna Endow at 125 pounds, and Payton Rigert at 159 pounds were all named state champions. Next, in the Oregon Women’s Greco-Roman State Tournament, the girls had another fantastic day. Sarah Sullenger at 121 pounds, Joanna Endow at 125 pounds, and Payton Rigert at 159 pounds were again named state champions for the Women’s Greco Roman State Tournament.

Sarah Sullenger and Payton Rigert were then named Triple Crown winners for being state champions in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling.



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