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1 e ra - January 18, 2012 Page 9 SPORTS Wrestlers take s00.00cond at Oregon Classic Sweet Home went into the Or- egon Classic, the king of the mid- season wrestling tournaments in the state of Oregon, ranked No. 5 Friday morning and hoping for a top-four finish. The Huskies left Saturday night with the second-place trophy after upsetting Ontario (45-19) and Cascade (45-32), and rolling over Tillamook 54-21 before falling to No. 1-ranked Henley 45-24 in the final. "We got a little momentum," said Coach Steve Thorpe, his voice hoarse from three days of coach- ing the high-schoolers, and then the Mat Club wrestlers in the youth tournament, which extended into Sunday. Thorpe said he was surprised by the extent of the Huskies' wins over Ontario and Tillamook, in particular, and he noted that Sweet Home had lost twice to Cascade in tournaments this year and once in a dual meet. He termed the Cascade vic- tory "a very good win" and noted that, although the Huskies weren't expected to beat Henley, "it was a different dual than the first time we wrestled them" in the season opener. He credited the Huskies' per- formance to an "unselfish" team and the fact that the line-up now includes three veterans who were out earlier. "What a difference it makes to have (Colton) Schilling, (Trever) Olson and (Nate) Melcher," he said. "And in our line-up every- body is down to weight. "That's testimony to how we work in our program. I've had bet- ter wrestlers, more depth on teams, but each team has its own dynamic and this team is unselfish. That is why we experienced success at the Oregon Classic." Tyler Cowger, who posted six falls, including a pin of Ontario's Cade Hartley, the No. 2-ranked 4A division wrestler in the state at 138 pounds, has provided significant leadership, Thorpe said. "Cowger has continued on and Ty Harvey has really stepped up, which has been very welcome." Schilling lost to national champion Ronnie Bresser of Hen- Photos courtesy of Patricia Schilling Sweet Home wrestling team members show off their second-place trophy at the Oregon Classic wrestling tournament in Redmond. ley at 120 pounds in a4-1 decision, but Thorpe noted that his two-time state champion junior is still get- ting in shape after sitting out for a month to allow some football inju- ries to heal. He also credited Tyler Schil- ling, Justin Nicholson and Wade Paulus for outstanding perfor- mances. "Wade Paulus moved up a weight class and came away with two falls. Those two falls were momentum-getters, particularly his win at 220 against Cascade. That sparked momentum for us. It was just a great tournament. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Huskies defeated Elmira 54-25 in a league dual match at home, then followed that up with a 51-27 win over 5A Churchill, a match that featured the Lancers' Zac Brunson, a 2011 freestyle national champion and the No. 1-ranked high school 170-pounder in the nation. Alex Armstrong hung in Brunson for a period before getting pinned. Thorpe noted that, with Cowger and Colton Schilling, three All-Americans were on the rhat that evening. "What a neat night," he said. "It's amazing that we get to high- light some of the standout wres- tlers in state of Oregon. How often do you get that level of athlete in same gym?" He said he was particularly proud of the junior varsity wres- tlers, all of whom won at least one match against Elmira or Churchill, and some of whom won all their bouts. "I was proud of them," Thorpe said. Despite the week's successes, he said, he warned his team that "we haven't accomplished any- thing yet. "This year's goal wasn't the Oregon Classic. This year's goal is two weekends in February. That's where our focus is at. That's No. 1 right now." The wrestlers next will travel to Central Thursday for matches against the Panthers and Cascade, beginning at 5 p.m. Oregon Classic Results Sweet Home 53, Estacada 19 106 - Tyler Schilling (SH) TF Seb Sanchez (E) 16-0, 113- Justin Nicholson (SH) pinned Harlt (E) 0:48, 120 - Colton Schilling (SH) pinned Donny Westlund (E) 1:04, 126 - Scottie Stockman (SH) pinned Z.ach Jones (E) 0:34, 132 - Rathbuin (E) pinned JT Weld (SH) 3:03, 138 - Tyler Cowger (SH) pinned Spencer Bradford (E) 0:42, 145 - Jacob Davidson (E) dec. Trever Olson (SH) 7-5, 152 - Travis Cole (E) dec. Nick Hall (SH) 5-3, 160 - Luke Youngberg (E) dec. Nate Melcher (SH) 8-7, 170 See Classic, page 13 Tyler Cowger looks for the call as he pins a Tillamook opponent during the Oregon Classic Saturday. Photo by Scott Swanson Zac Brunson of Churchill scores a takedown on Sweet Home's Alex Arm- strong during their match Wednesday. Photos courtesy of Heather Thorpe Cheer winners Sweet Home cheerleaders show off the first-place trophy they won at the Springfield competition Saturday. The competition cheer squad, coached by Amber Rosa, right, also won its opening competition at Lake Oswego on Jan. 14. They are shown in action at right at Lake Oswego.