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1 T ra - February 29, 2012 ,SpoRTs Page 9 II Huskies From page 8 that's what he needed to do. He has a lot of energy but not much of a gas tank." Schilling said Bresser's fall to the mat was unintentional and he said he thought it was legal, "but it happens." Thorpe responded similarly. "Everybody has that some- body who pushes them to be bet- ter," he said. "This is disappointing for Colton but he doesn't have very many disappointments in wres- tling. "I know that Colton wanted four state championships. He can still get three. And he was under an incredible amount of pressure. Now he doesn't have that any more. " Schilling said the loss would give him motivation. "I've got something to push me next year," he said. "It's just one more match. I'll have hun- dreds more. I know what I need to get better at." Cowger, who was unseeded in the tournament despite being ranked in the top three in 4A polls for most of the year, made a state- ment in his second-round match, pinning No. 1 seed Cole Hannan of Brookings-Harbor in 3:41 and then qualified for his second straight state final by pinning Brendan Har- key of Crook County. BJat in the final, North Marion's Lucas Randall proved too much for him, winning 9-2. Randall, also a junior, brought a 28-1 record and two previous state titles into the tournament and the quickness and strength he demonstrated against Cowger showed why Randall had already won two titles as a fresh- man and sophomore and why he was favored going into this match. It was their first meeting since jul nior high, Cowger said. The fact that he had to stop three times early in the match to take care of a cut in his mouth didn't help the match flow, but Randall ran up to a 9-1 lead by the middle of the second period, win- ning all of the early scrambles, and then hung on for the win. Cowger said a five-point com- bination that Randall got him on in the second period was the differ- ence. "If that didn't happen, I think it could have gone either way," he said. He said he plans to hit the weights and "get bigger, and faster on my feet. I want to get bigger and stronger," he said, noting that he's going to focus on Greco and freestyle in the next few months. Though Thorpe said he was disappointed for Cowger, he said it was "incredible" that his wres- tler even competed at state, not- ing Cowger had an injured shoul- der, which had contributed to his second-place finish in the regional tournament. "Wrestling is only a small part of life. It'sa big deal to us because we put a lot of time and effort into it, but Tyler and Colton have had. a lot of success this year. They're both in the state finals. Paulus breezed through the first three rounds to qualify for the championship match in the 195-pound division, but ran out of gas against Sutherlin junior Beau Grauf, who was at his first state Photos by Scott Swanson Zach Gill makes quick work of Jason Williams of Crook County, pinning him in :38 seconds in the consolation semifinals. Ty Harvey puts the clamps on Johnny Vara of North Marion in their 132-pound consolation semifinal, which Harvey won by a fall. tournament. In their first meet- ing of the season, Grauf frustrated Paulus early by holding him off, until he was warned for stalling with 30 seconds left in the thus-far- scoreless first period, then getting docked a point for stalling with five seconds left, giving Paulus a 1-0 lead. The two exchanged take- downs, and Grauf scored an escape in the second period. Grauff wres- tled a smart match, and by the third period Paulus was slowing and the match ended with a 3-3 tie. In overtime, Paulus dove for a double-leg takedown, Grauf man- aged to fend him off and then spun to score a takedown and win. "Wade made it into the finals," Thorpe said. "That's an accom- plishment. He just got outscram- bled by that kid. He's a junior; hopefully, this loss will motivate him for next year." Paulus said he "wrestled good" until the final, in which he "just let the crowd get to me. "I didn't give it my all. He was good but if I wrestled the way I know I can wrestle, I can beat him. "Next year is going to be the last match of my career. I can't go out there thinking about getting hurt." In the heavyweight division, Gill staked his claim to a chance at a finals showdown with returning champ Kyle Smith of Elmira when he scored second-round overtime 5-4 win over No. 2 seed Jason A1- varado of Ontario. But then, in the semifinals, he ran into sophomore Semise Kofe of Roosevelt, who evaded Gill's repeated attempts to throw him and outscored him 8-4, sending Gill to the consola- tion bracket, where he won his two matches there to finish thirdl He attributed the loss to a need to "fight a little bit harder. "I just didn't give it that ex- tra 'umph,'" said Gill, who didn't place last year as a sophomore. "It's not what I wanted, but I felt like I responded by fighting my way back." Justin Nicholson placed fifth, after losing his second match to un- seeded Kaleb Winebarger of Maza- ma, who tore through the bracket and wound up finishing second to Henley's Tyler Scott, who was the first of four Henley wrestlers to win titles in the first six weight divisions, North Marion getting the other two. Nicholson then battled his way back through the consolation Justin Nicholson gets set to pin Cody Jackson of Scappoose. Wade Paulus fights off an attempt him down in their semifinal match. bracket, finally losing 5-0 to Tray- ton Libolt of Crook County, who wound up third. Nicholson, a sophomore who is completing his second year of wrestling at any level, said he was happy with a medal after placing seventh last year. "It went pretty good in the beginning," he said. "I was unpre- pared in the second match when I lost. Next year I will come back and be a lot better. "It's hard, especially since this is my second year of wrestling. Hopefully, I will develop better technique." Thorpe said Nicholson fin- ished fifth in "one of the toughest divisions in this tournament,, los- ing to only one other wrestler. "I'm very proud," he said. Senior Chance Jucutan, who has never before qualified for state, delivered the clutch performance of the tournament, finishing sixth. "I did pretty good," he said. "I felt like I could have done better. I was just lacking a few skills in some areas." Jucutan said his season started getting promising when he learned some throwing techniques, which by North Bend's Zach Olander to take led to a series of falls in the mid- to late season. "That's when I started think- See Huskies, page 14 Scottie Stockman battles with On- tario's Eric Nunez. I big THANK YOU to: All Star Pizza Apple Creek Care Cornerstone Care Figaro's Pizza Hilltop Market Lakeside Market Los Dos Amigos McDonalcls Midway Grocery Santiarn Drug Skyline Inn Starbucks Taco Time Thrfftway for sponsoring the regional championships hospitality room with food or drink donations. We appreciate you! Husky Wrestlers