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" ra --December 17, 2008 SPORTS Page 17 ld Joseph Rasmussen of Sweet Home looks for guidance from his coaches as he wrestles Dustin Schneider of Albany in a novice match. Photos by Scott Swanson Boe Baxter, 7, of Sweet Home puts pressure on Cole Melton, 7, of Cascade, who found that breathing was dif- ficult on the bottom during the Sweet Home Mat Club's annual tournament Dec. 6 at Sweet Home High School. Tournamnent Director Steve Thorpe said the event drew 267 young wrestlers from around the state. Referee Marc Callagan raises Tyler Fincher's hand after Fincher won his match. I d Russell Holly, 4, of Sweet Home is all business as he works to turn Gabe Whisenhunt of Corvallis, 5, intheir PeeWee match as referee Kyle Hummer keeps a close eye on the action. SH wrestlers win Cascade tourney. SweetHome'swrestlershitthe said. "Even some of the guys who another. At this point of the year, road Friday and came home with got seconds and thirds wrestled that's what I look at. We don't a tournament win over defending hard. I was very proud of that." have to win every match; we don't state champion Tillamook at Mitch Grove took second have to beat everybody. A lot of the Perry Burlison Memorial at 119 and Marc Callagan was what we're doing is building for Toui-nament at Cascade. runner-up at 215. Third-placelater on." The Huskies finished with winners-were Matt Grove at 125, The~ Huskies' four-team 232.5 points, followed by Kyle Hummer at 140 and Anthony tournament, scheduled forTuesday Tillamook with 207, Cascade Albright at189, afternoon, Dec. 16, has been (179), Lebanon (141) and Other place-winners were postponed due to weather, Thorpe McMinnville ((139.5). Also freshman Scottie Stockman, ififth said. It will be rescheduled. The competing in the tournament were at 103; freshman Hunter Bidwell, Huskies are scheduled to wrestle at Pleasant Hill, Rainier, Banks, fifth at 119; Marshall Arndt, fifth the Sheldon Tournament Saturday. Marist, Philomath, Elmira andat 135; and Nikki Smith, fourth at Junction City. 140. * * * * * "ItwasnicebeatingTillmook," Thorpe said the quality The Sweet Home Junior High Coach Steve Thorpe said. "I'11 tell competition in successive weight team won the Cascade Junior High you what, though, it was just as nice categories is helping the Huskies Invitiational on Saturday. beating Cascade and Lebanon."in the practice room. The Tigers took 33 wrestlers Four Huskies won their "It's nice to have good to the tournament, which included divisions: Tyler Holly at 112, wrestlers back to back," he said. sevenotherdistrictteamspreparing Taylor Tagle at 130, Kris Newport "These guys wrestle each other for the district finals to be held at 135 and Brock Crocker at 145. every day." Dec. 20 in Dallas. Crocker was named the Sweet Home, as of Sunday, is Sweet Home finished first with tournament's Outstanding Wrestler ranked second in the state, behind 319 points followed by Cascade fortheupperweightdivisions(145- Scappoose, while Tillamook with 312 and Dallas with 285. 285) after pinning two opponents dropped to fourth, with LeGrande Sweet Home had nine wrestlers and "dominating" his opponent in in third, in the finals and came away with the final, Thorpe said. The Huskies have yet to be atsixchampions: Tyler Schilling at He said he was "impressed" full strength, as they are missing 75 pounds; Colton Schilling at with Tagle's performance. Jack Perry, who is recovering from 90; Mat Pitts at 95; Trever Olson "He's starting to realize that an injury, and Brad Pitts, who is at 122, Wade Paulus at 175 and he can wrestle with those bigger getting over mononucleosis. Zak Gill at 225. Runner-ups were guys," Thorpe said. "All of our kids competed at Brandon Keenon at 85 pounds, "I'll tell you what we did, we well," Thorpe said of the Nate Mlcher at 129 and Jake just had kids that wrestled hard," he tournament. "They supported one Smith at 145. Noah Casteel, 5, of Sweet Home gets ready to finish off Zachary Turcott of Albany as referee Kris Newport watches for the pin. Give A Gift Subscription to III in ili in i i I Hall l= I The New Era i PO BOX 39 Sweet Home, OR 97386 I I Name: IIIIIIIIIliilllillliil| Yearly Subscription Costs: $30 in Linn County $38 outside Linn County l I Address: City: State:_Zip__ | l Phone: -__. ------.~ l l I Or Call us with your Visa / Mastercard at (541) 367-2135 and ii subscribe over the phone, i il me el Ill RII ! i nil i In me me Ili me me el aiR IIi i me iBm IIi me el i iBi Bii Re i