THE HRV GIRLS WRESTLING TEAM had a good showing at the Elmira tourney last week. From left to right are wrestlers Alexis McCafferty, Samantha Morley, Grace Miller, Christine Marquez, and Monique Yanez.
As of Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The HRV varsity wrestling team earned 16th place in the 36-team NW Duals competition at the Lane County Fair & Expo Center in Albany last week. On the first day, the Eagles were 3-2 beating Woodburn, Cleveland, and Tigard, while losing to David Douglas and Churchill. That result earned HRV the 16th seed in the championship 16-team bracket on the second day.
Living up to the seed, HRV went 0-4 on Wednesday, losing to No. 1 seed Ponderosa, Calif., and Thurston, Century, and Silverton. The Silverton match was a close one and ended up with a 42-39 victory for the Foxes.
“We’re looking forward to possibly dualing them again in a couple of weeks at the Oregon Classic,“ said HRV Head Coach Trent Kroll.
Individual standout performances included No. 2-ranked Noah Wachsmuth with a 9-0 record and six pins including wins over No. 14-ranked (6A) Alex Llamas of Thurston, with a pin in 1 minute, 49 seconds, and a rematch of the semifinals at the Coast Classic, where Wachsmuth, pinned the top-ranked returning 6A state champion from David Douglas. This match versus David Douglas’ Anthony Cha ended with Wachsmuth winning again in a 4-3 decision.
Fifth-ranked Jason Shaner went 8-1 in the two-day tournament with wins over four ranked opponents. Jason beat second-ranked Austin Reed from Silverton, 11-4; No. 5 (6A) Junpei Hunt from Cleveland, 8-7; No. 6 Cade Ezell from Churchill, 11-4; and No. 11 (6A) Telman Razatdinov from David Douglas, 9-6.
Jordan Jones also had a great tournament at 195 pounds, earning a 6-3 record (two pins) for HRV with wins over opponents from Cleveland, Woodburn, Thurston, Churchill, David Douglas, and Tigard.
Unranked Max Lane earned a significant win vs Woodburn when he pinned fifth-ranked Carlos Lazaro in 3:06.
Also having a great tournament was Justin Wilson with a 7-0 record, including wins over opponents from Silverton, Century, Sweet Home, Sherwood, Franklin, Tigard, and Chiawana, Wash.
“This tournament is good for us,” said Kroll. “The new venue is excellent. Our team got nine matches and placed fifth out of 10 5A teams here. We have some work to do still as a team for this season, but all in all, it was positive. We’ll be back.”
Next up for HRV is the home dual “Battle of the Bridge” vs Stevenson Jan. 6. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m. and varsity is at 7.
Girls represent HRV well at Elmira tournament
The HRV girls wrestling squad competed in an individual bracketed tournament last week at Elmira High School near Eugene. HRV’s Grace Miller and Monique Verduzco went undefeated and earned gold medals for the Eagles. Alexis McCafferty and Christine Marquez both earned silver medals with only one loss each on the day and Samantha Morley wrestled tough for a fourth-place finish.
Additionally, Payton Rigert, Joanna Endow, and Elena Kroll returned from their wrestling camp at Arizona State University.
“The camp was a great experience. I learned a lot,” said frosh Elena Kroll. “It built a lot of confidence in me training with the best high school girl wrestlers in the nation.”
The girls will also compete in the “Battle of the Bridge” dual this Wednesday.