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le r - February 22, 2012 SPORTS Page 1 7 / Huskies From page 11 He said Nicholson and Tyler Schilling both wrestled "'great," facing off for the 106-pound title. Schilling, in particular, had to beat two wrestlers - Philomath's Jimmy Baertlein and Cascade's Logan Humphrey, who had defeated him. badly, earlier in the season, to make the final. "Not very many get to the dis- trict final as a freshman." Thorpe said. "Not many can say that.'" Also qualifying were Raul Her- nandez, and Dylan Elder, who. like Hardee. spent most of his season on the junior varsity, but pulled out all the stops when his big chance came. "'Dylan Elder just decided to play rough and it paid off for him." Thorpe said. Hemandez. a senior who is physically much shorter and smaller than many of his opponents, said he didn't necessarily expect to qualify for state, but after getting pinned by Cascade's Cody Kath. in their second match on Friday, he found himself on Saturday in the consola- tion semifinals against Clay Wallen of Stayton and that's when he saw the door open. "I got him the kid from Stay- ton on his back and I got my hopes up and I just squeezed," he said of the pin he scored to get him into a rematch with Wallen in the final, which he lost 1-0, but he was in. "I'm very proud of Raul," Thorpe said. " He is a testimony to perseverance and dedication." Plus, there was the rest of the scorers. Nene Maner (112), Nate Melcher (160) and Alex Armstrong (170) placed fifth, while Ryan Ad- ams (132) and Bobby Malloy (170) placed sixth. "We had three guys place fifth and I'd love for them to qualify but it doesn't take anything away from what they did this year," Thorpe said. Melcher, a junior, said said his tournament "didn't go as well as I wanted it to" after losing to eventual champion Josh Stanley of Cottage Grove., but after losing again in the consol,ation semis, he pinned Eric Sinclair of Philomath. "I knew I wasn't going to get to state, but I tried to help the team with points," he said. "Also, if the guy above me gets injured or some- thing, I can move up." Thorpe said he appreciated the help his team got from "wrestling moms and wrestling dads" to put on the two-day regional tournament. "It's always kind of a headache to host a tournament of this size but it sure is nice when it goes well," he said. The state meet starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Doors will open for finals at 5:30 p.m. Satur- day, with finals at 6:30. Tickets for the entire tournament are $35 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets for individual days and the finals are $10 each for adults, $8 for students. Thorpe said the focus now is to fine tune. "Right now the main thing is to try to get everybody healthy and keep them healthy, and keep their weight where it needs to be,"he said. "We want to wrestle a good state tournament and that's what we're going to do." Paulus said his plan is to win at state after placing third last year. He goes in as Sweet Home's only top seed, Colton Schilling is the only other seeded wrestler, at second. 'q learned I have to show up," he said. "I can't go in scared. This year that what I did. It's like foot- ball. I will have to go in thinking 'I've got to do this.' I can't have any other mindset.'" 4A Special District 4 Regional Tournament Results Team Scores - (1) Cascade 382; (2) Sweet Home 378; (3) Philomath 196; (4) Elmira 153; (5) Stayton 150: (6) Cottage Grove 143; (7) Newport 131.5; (8) Central 65: (9) Junction City 54.5; (10) Taft 22. Place-Winning Matches* and other Sweet Home results 106 -Justin Nicholson (SH) dec. Tyler Schilling (SH) 8-4 for first place; Josh Connor (Newport) won by forfeit over Makia Chadwick (Newport) for third place; Logan Humphrey (Cascade) pined Derek Stucki (Philomath) 12:50 for fifth place. 112 -Anthony Hardee (SH) dec. Jar- ed Reisterer (Cascade) 9-6 for first place; Michael Croker (Cascade) maj. dec. Jace Bearden (Elmira) 14-0 for third place; Nene Mauer (SH) pinned Sam Armstrong (Central) 1:29 for fifth place. 120 - Colton Schilling (SH) pinned Scottie Stockman (SH) 1:09 for first place; Austin Coblentz (Stayton) pinned James Bittner (Newport) 2:32 for third place; Noe Villalobos (CG) pined Caleb Deno (Cascade) 1:06 for fifth place. 126 - Travis Bledsoe (Cascade) dec. Spencer Crawford (Cascade) 9-0 for first place; Dylan Elder (SH) dec. Darin French (Elmira) 9-5 for third place; Nick Wisely (CG) won by forfeit for fifth place. Ty Kirkland (SH) did not place. 132 - Ty Harvey (SH) dec. Marcus Andrews (Cascade) 8-6 for first place; Riley Beggs (Cascade) won by forfeit over Zach Leonard (Philomath) for third place; Dalen Hargett (Newport) dec. Ryan Adams (SH) 10-9 for fifth place. 138 - Shane Sheppard (Stayton) dec. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Justin Nicholson. top, wrestles teammate Tyler Schilling in the 106-pound final. Tyler Cowger (SH) 3-1 for first place; Jacob Dalke (Cascade) pinned Seth Steere (Taft) 3:59 for third place; Jacob Sanger (CG) pinned Bryndyn Gardner (Central) 2:36 for fifth place. JT Weld (SH) did not place. 145 - Ryan Dozier (Cascade) dec. Colton Kohlmeyer (Cacade) 6-3 for first place; Zach Trask (Philomath) pined Tanner Swinehart (Central) 1:09 for third place; Dylan Krieger (Stayton) pinned Bobby Malloy (SH) 5:59 for fifth place, lan Search (SH) did not place. 152 - Mikael Hill (Philomath) dec. Trever Olson (SH) 5-4 for first place; Cody Kath (Cascade) dec. Raul Her- nandez (SH) 1-0 for third place; Clay Wallen (Stayton) won on disqualifica- tion for fifth place. 160 - Josh Stanley (CG) dec. Braydon Calder (Philomath) 3-1 (OT) for first place; Codi Branch (Stayton) dec. Bry- an Zimmerman (Elmira) 15-7 for third place; Nate Melcher (SH) pinned Eric Sinclair (Philomath) 3:03 for fifth place. Nick Hall (SH) did not place. 170- Tyler Howe (Cascade) dec. Ben Goodman (JC) 10-4 for first place; Zach Brown (Newport) won by forfeit for third place; Alex Armstrong (SH) maj. dec. Riley Watkins (Philomath) 17-4 for fifth place. Ben Terry (SH) did not place. 182 - Cody Crawford (Cascade) pinned Zach Soto (Cascade) 1:34 for first place; Chance Jucutan (SH) dec. Ted Vaughn (Philomath) 9-7 for third place; Chris Engholm (Elmira) maj. dec. Noah Stepp (Central) 15-2 for fifth place. Quinn Wise (SH) did not place. 195 - Wade Paulus (SH) dec. Mitch Kuenzi (Stayton) 4-1 for first place; Ty Hart (Stayton) pinned Brandon Lewis (Philomath) 4:42 for third place; Bret Morris (JC) pinned Collyn Lawson (Central) 1:52 for fifth place. David Skeen (SH) did not place. 220 - Dustin Johnson (Cascade) dec. Andrew Piper (Elmira) 3-1 for first place; Tyler Lehman (CG) pinned Cody Small (Cascade) 1:39 for third place; Jake Robinson (Newport) pinned Marcus Bailey (CG) 2:19 for fifth place. Troy Hazelton (SH) did not place. 285 - Kyle Smith (Elmira) dec. Zach Gill (SH) 3-0 for first place; Dylan Hel- land (Elmira) pinned Caylan Stark (Cascade) 1:15 for fifth place; Lucas Sinclair (Philomath)pinned Brett Cox (CG) 1:26 for fifth place. *Top four place-winners qualify for state 4A State Tournament Sweet Home Opening Matches 106- Justin Nicholson (second seed) vs. Cole Rohan (LaGrande); Tyler Schilling (SH) vs. Johnny Avina (Crook County). 113 -Anthony Hardee (SH) vs. Mi- chael McKinney (Sutherlin). 120 -Colton Schilling (second seed) vs. Levi Graber (North Bend); Scottie Stockman (SH) vs. Augustin Munoz (Hidden Valley). 126 - Dylan Elder (SH) vs. Rider Shinkle (Crook County). 132 - Ty Harvey (SH) (fourth seed) vs. Jackson Conrad (North Bend). 138 - Tyler Cowger (SH) vs. Spencer Bradford (Estacada). 152 - Trever Olson (SH) vs. Aaron Boatright (Mazama); Raul Hernandez (SH) vs. Seth Sotelo (Hidden Valley) | Mail form & your check I money order to: $32 / Year: Inside Linn County ! 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