HRV WRESTLERS have been battling the elements, but finally got in some competitions last weekend, when the varsity team traveled to the Northwest Duals in Albany and the girls traveled to the Hanford Winter Classic in Richland, Wash. After a rough opening day of matches, the varsity squad placed first in the bottom bracket. Above, an official raises the arm of Justin Wilson. Wilson went 7-1 in the 285-pound weight class. The girls placed fifth out of 60 teams at their competition.
A now month-long cold snap — colder than usual, even for winter — has made it difficult for the HRV wrestling team to travel to competitions, but the Wreagles were able to squeeze in a couple tournaments last weekend on the road.
The varsity team had a rough time to start their stint at the Northwest Duals in Albany, where the team forfeited five of the 14 weight classes due to a lack of HRV players showing up to the event, said Head Coach Trent Kroll. The team went 0-5 and finished sixth, getting bumped down to the bottom bracket for the second day of competition. Things went much better there, and HRV placed first.
“The second day was a highlight for us,” he said. “We beat Cottage Grove, Franklin, and South Salem. We weren’t supposed to beat South Salem, and kids really stepped up.”
Meanwhile, the girls team traveled to Richland, Wash., for the Hanford Winter Classic meet. Kroll said the girls “did great,” placing fifth out of 60 teams with eight HRV girls entering the tournament. Complete results weren’t available at press time, but Kroll said a handful of athletes found their way to the podium, including Grace Miller (first), Christine Marquez (second), Elena Kroll (third) and Lexi McCafferty (fifth).
Weather permitting, both teams are on the road this weekend, with the varsity team wrestling at Cleveland High and the girls heading to Kelso, Wash.
106 pounds: Nathaniel Perron, 4-1 (lose by fall, four forfeits)
113/120/126: Jesse Flores, 3-0 (forfeits); Ryan Zeller, 7-1 (15-7 win by major decision, 6-4 loss, forfeit, forfeit, 4-1 win, win by fall, WBF, WBF); Chad Muenzer, 5-2 (WBF, WBF, 14-8 win, forfeit, WBF, 7-3 loss, LBF)
132: Jason Shaner, 8-0 (WBF, forfeit, 16-9 win, 22-5 win by technical fall, forfeit, 20-5 WBTF, WBF, WBF)
138: Cade Parker, 6-2 (WBF, 8-1 win, 7-3 loss, 6-1 loss, 4-2 win, forfeit, WBF, forfeit)
145/152: Tristan Keely, 4-4 (WBF, LBF, forfeit, LBF, LBF, WBF, LBF, WBF); Maverick Geller, 1-5 (LBF, forfeit, LBF, LBF, 22-7 loss by technical fall, LBF)
170: Nathaniel Quintanilla, 2-1 (WBF, forfeit, LBF)
182/195: Patrick Estes, 5-3 (WBF, LBF, LBF, WBF, WBF, WBF, 5-1 loss, WBF)
285: Justin Wilson, 7-1 (11-2 WBMD), LBF, WBF, WBF, 7-2 win, win by default — injury, WBF, WBF