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Page I 0 lify for South ~t~e ~ ~/ra - March 21,2012 wrestling trip J I3 y Scott Swanson Of The New Era Four Sweet Home wrestlers have earned berths on a cultural exchange team that will travel to South Africa this summer after winning their divisions in a quali- fying tournament held March 10 at Thurston High School. The four jumors Colton Schilling, Tyler Cowger and Wade Paulus, and freshman Tyler Schil- ling will travel .with a team of wrestlers in 11 weight classes to South Africa from July 25 to Aug. 12. Coaching the team his first time leading a cultural exchange - will be Coach Steve Thorpe. Team members will be Tyler Schilling at 101 pounds, Adam Webb of Thurston at 110, Isaac Aguilar of Hermiston atll9. Col- ton Schilling at and Travis Bledsoe of Cascade at 128. state champions Tyler Burger of Hermiston and freshman Alex Rich of Crescent Valley at 138. Cowger and Shane Shepard of Stay- ton at 152, Abraham Rodriguez of Hermiston at 160. Reid Shipley of North Medford at 170, Josh Morin of Hillsborough and Braxton Ar- rand of Thurston at 185, Paulus and Lucas Anthony of Thurston at 210, and 6A state champion Marq Randall of Roseburg at 285. Colton Schilling, who traveled to South Africa for 15 days in 2009 with a team of Oregon wrestlers se- lected by the trip's organizers, said this team is different because all the members had to qualify. "Every team is differe0t," he said. "Each has its downfalls and upsides. I think this team has stepped it up in the lower weights." He noted that a number of wrestlers from last year's cultural exchange trip to Russia and Siberia qualified for this trip. Thorpe also emphasized that this is no invitational tour. "They don't get an invite and go," he said. "They wrestled for this. They had to win a bracket." And it wasn't easy for Tyler Schilling, who had to beat Cody Jackson of Scappoose two out of three matches to do it - after losing the first match to Jackson, which forced Schilling to wrestle up the backside of the bracket to get an- other shot at Jackson. Schilling took Jackson down, then gave up the lead on a two-point roll, then pinned Jackson to win. "That's the Greco national champion," Thorpe said. "He was the best in the U.S. last year in Greco." Colton Schilling beat Bled- soe in the final, but Thorpe said he and fellow coach Mike Simons of Thurston had several picks for al- ternates to make the trip and Bled- soe was one, along with Arrand, Anthony and Shepard. Cowger, who placed fourth in the nation in Greco last year and was a state runner-up in the OSAA championships the last two years, beat Jaxson Ward of Lowell , the runner-up at the state 2A/1A cham- pionships at135 pounds in 2011 and 152 pounds this year, in over- time to earn the trip. "I kind of knew I was going to make it." he said. "Once Ihad time to think about it, I got excited. I'm anxious to get over there and expe- rience how good they are." Thorpe noted that the last time the two had met. Ward pinned Cowger, who was a freshman then. Paulus beat Austin Faunce. runner-up at 195 pounds in the 6A state championships. Schilling, who has won two state OSAA championships and .placed second this year. and last year placed second in the Greco- Roman national championships, said the value of international trips is that it exposes wrestlers to dif- ferent approaches to the sport. "It shows me a lot of differ- ent styles of wrestling," he said. "It helps me to aclapt to different styles and to respond to different types of freestyle." Thorpe noted that the team will wrestle some 30 matches and compete in two national tourna- ments, one of which will include wrestlers from other countries such See Africa, page 16 By Dave Bauer Contest Director Week 9 of the Lose for Life weight loss contest and our con- testants have now lost over 780 unwanted, unhealthy pounds. r i i ~ i i i i i i i i i i i BI I Mediterranean Chicken Salad I with grilled chJcl(erl, olives, sun-dried tomatoes. mushrooms, and red onions I Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad Nith grilled chk:ken dried cranberries toasted almonds and rea onion I Pair with calorie free Di~t :A&W Root Beer i or our freshly~brewe~c~l tea| I I I ! 1010 MAIN STREET 1541-367-4893 Art AmRiCM F000- I I ~ I I I I I I I I I I I We're Moving! 2 doors down m the Fallon Building, 1027 Main Street 1 lOl MA N ST 16 OZ. SERVING HAS 20 G PROTIEN 13 CALORIES