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The Pioneers plan to induct Chet Newton and George Johnston into school's Wall of Fame before Dec. 6 OC-Centennial dual

Pioneers host Wrestling Alumni Appreciation Night

Oregon City High School plans to induct former standout wrestlers George Johnston and Chester "Chet" Newton into the school's Wall of Fame, highlighting festivities during the inaugural Oregon City Wrestling Alumni Appreciation Night on Dec. 6.

All former Pioneer wrestlers are invited to a complimentary spaghetti dinner and social hour beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the Oregon City-Centennial Mt. Hood Conference dual match in the main gym.

Newton wrestled at Oregon State University and won a silver medal in the featherweight division at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, losing to fellow OSU wrestler and teammate Robin Reed in the finals.

Johnston, a 1985 graduate of Oregon City, was a four-time league champion and state tournament qualifier for the Pioneers, placing sixth at 130 pounds as a freshman, fourth at 130 as a sophomore, and second at 136 as a junior before winning the 148-pound state championship as a senior.

He also won a state freestyle title in 1984 and a state Greco-Roman title in 1985, and was a member of the Oregon Cultural Exchange team that toured Japan in 1985 before going on to a decorated career at the University of Oregon.

Junior wrestler takes top honors at Bigfoot tourney

Carter NekpavilOregon City's Carter Nekvapil, a fourth-grader at Redland Elementary, placed first in the intermediate division's 71-pound weight class at the Nov. 18 Northwest Bigfoot Battle wrestling tournament in Spokane, Washington.

Nekvapil, competing for the Cobra All-Stars, won his first two matches by fall and then scored a 7-0 decision in the semifinals over Byson Huber of Post Falls, Idaho.

In the final, Nekvapil clinched the title with a 9-3 decision over Raul Sanchez of Wapato, Washington. Sanchez scored the initial takedown, but Nekvapil answered with a reversal and three-point near fall to take a 5-2 lead before the end of the first period.

Two former Minutemen inducted into PIL Hall of Fame

Former Marshall High School graduates Mike Monahan of Milwaukie and Tom Tetherow of Oregon City were among the 49 athletes recently inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Monahan, a 1967 graduate of Marshall, lettered in football and track and field during his single season with the Minutemen, winning the state pole vault title with a mark of 14 feet, even.

Tetherow lettered in football, basketball, golf and track and field, and was named to the all-PIL and all-state first team in football as a senior during the 1971-72 season.

Ken Gemma, recently named the softball coach at Clackamas High School, also was recognized for his accomplishments as a three-sport athlete at Cleveland (Class of 1987) where he was a district champion wrestler and twice earned all-PIL honors in baseball.

-- From staff reports

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