HRV wrestling hangs with state’s best

Jessica DeHart works for a pin against a Sandy opponent Friday at the Oregon Wrestling Classic. DeHart went 2-2 in the tourney.

Hood River Valley High School wrestling had an action packed weekend in Central Oregon, competing in a double dual against Summit and Redmond Thursday night at Summit, then sleeping on the mats in Redmond and waking up to the two-day 2015 Oregon Wrestling Classic at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, where the Eagles wrestled three dual meets Friday and two more on Saturday.

The team had little time to rest after the weekend, as it hosted St. Helens on Tuesday night (7 p.m. Vannet Court) for a PinCancer fundraiser dual meet (rescheduled from earlier in the season due to weather) and will travel to Stevenson High for another all-day varsity tournament on Saturday.

The Oregon Wrestling Classic, well-known as one of the state’s most competitive tournaments of the year, brings almost 100 teams to the expansive Redmond arena to face off in a dual-meet format that, among other things, paints an accurate picture of which teams are at the top of their respective divisions going into the crux of the season and the all-telling OSAA state championships. Last season, OWC division winners Roseburg (6A), Hermiston (5A), Crook County (4A) and Culver (2A/1A) all went on to win overall team titles at the OSAA state championships.

Competing at the 5A level, HRV went 3-2 overall, with wins against Bend, Ridgeview and Mountain View and losses against Crater and Sandy; a result coach Trent Kroll is pleased but certainly not content with.

“Overall I think we performed very well and grew a lot as a team,” he said. “We lost to three of the best teams in the state over the weekend and defeated everyone else. Richard Rockwell rankings ( has Crater ranked 5A No. 1 and Sandy in a tie for No. 2 with Churchill and Redmond at No. 7. “We have a strong and a young team that is still learning how to compete at dual meets as a team rather than just as an individual. This tournament was much more about the team than the individual.”

In the opening day, HRV was placed in a four-team pool with Bend, Crater and Sandy for a three-dual round robin. The Eagles lost 47-29 against Crater, then defeated Bend 38-30, then lost to Sandy 44-12 to finish third in the pool. Crater, which won the pool, advanced to the 5A No. 1 bracket the following day and ultimately finished fourth, with Redmond in third, Hermiston in second and Hillsboro taking top honors at the 5A level after a 32-30 finals win over the defending champion Bulldogs.

On day two HRV finished with two solid wins in the 5A No. 3 bracket, with a 57-20 victory over Ridgeview and a 43-33 win over Mountain View.

Kroll says he’s pleased with the team’s outcome at the tournament as an indicator for the approaching 5A Special District 4 championships (to be held next month in Hood River), which combine schools from the Columbia River and Intermountain conferences as state qualifier.

“Redmond is tough; they’re the real deal,” he said. “We lost to them on Thursday and went on to beat every other team in the conference. That’s a good sign.”

Although Redmond will be a roadblock at the district tournament, the team will also help tip the scales away from Hermiston, which has dominated the conference for the last several years.

Topping individual performances were Jason Shaner and Junior Manzo, who shared the best overall record for the Eagles with four wins and one loss. At 124 pounds, Shaner had two pins, a 20-4 technical fall, an 18-4 win and a 5-1 loss. Manzo had a solid tournament at 136 pounds with four pins and a 9-6 loss. HRV’s top-ranked state contender, Christian Marquez (5A No. 1 at 126), rested the weekend due to an injury the previous week. Complete results are below.

In Thursday night’s duals, the Eagles went 1-1, with a 47-29 win against Summit and a 59-12 loss to Redmond.

Girls make history

HRV wrestling participated in an historic contest Thursday night, as six girls from the team challenged seven girls from Elmira in what is believed to be the first high school girls dual meet in the state. Representing HRV were Jessica DeHart, Sarah Sullenger, Monique Yanez, Joanna Endow, Martika Lane and Payton Rigert. All six won their matches (Rigert wrestled twice) to take a clean sweep of the dual. They then wrestled the following day in a girls tournament at the OWC (save for DeHart, who competed in the team tournament), where Rigert and Sullenger went 3-0 to claim gold and Yanez went 2-1 to finish second.

“I’d like to think that we’re one of the top female wrestling programs in the state,” Kroll said. “There’s about ten schools that have five or more wrestlers on their program and a bunch more that have one or two. Girls wrestling continues to grow in Oregon and is going to continue to grow. Sharing the sport with the other half of the population is awesome. There’s female wrestling in college, in the Olympics and in high school in lot of other states, Oregon just needs to catch up.”

OWC results

Vs Crater: 47-27 loss

Vs. Bend: 38-30 win

Vs. Sandy: 44-12 loss

Vs. Ridgeview: 57-20 win

Vs. Mountain View: 43-33 win

110/117, Angel Jones: 2-3 (15-0 loss, 9-6 loss, WBF, WBF, LBF)

110/117, Jessica DeHart: 2-2 (4-3 loss, 3-2 win, WBF, 5-1 loss)

124, Jason Shaner: 4-1 (WBF, 20-4 win, 4-3 loss, WBF, 18-4 win)

130, Dylan Peterson: 2-3 (LBF, WBF, 16-1 loss, WBF, LBF)

136, Junior Manzo: 4-1 (WBF, WBF, 9-6 loss, WBF, WBF)

142, Jorge Ortega: 3-2 (LBF, 5-4 win, 11-9 loss, WBF, LBF)

149, James Estes: 2-3 (WBF WBF, 8-5 loss, 16-0 loss, LBF)

156, Jesus Gordian: 0-4 (LBF, LBF, LBF, 7-2 loss, LBF)

164, Ian Rand: 0-4 (LBF, LBF, 17-10 loss, LBF)

174, Steven Swafford: 2-2 (4-1 loss, 4-3 win, LBF, 9-2 win)

186, Oscar Villegas: 1-2 (WBF, LBF, 5-3 loss

199, Mark Reyes: 1-3 (11-9 loss, 9-3 win, LBF, LBF

224, Max Lane: 2-3 (8-2 loss, LBF, 8-4 loss, 3-2 win, WBF)

289, Justin Wilson: 0-4 (LBF, 6-1 loss, 1-0 loss, LBF)

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