Class 6A wrestling — The Tigers best defending state champion David Douglas, but run out of steam versus Sandy in the finals

Newberg freshman heavyweight Dallas O’Bryan was impressive in his varsity debut Friday night, needing just 19 seconds to pin his opponent in the final match of the Tigers’ dual meet versus Sandy in the championship match of the Earl Gillis Tournament.

The win followed junior Evan Smith’s 43-second pin at 220 pounds, but unfortunately for Newberg, those were among the few highlights from a 42-18 loss to the Pioneers that relegated the Tigers to second place at their own tournament.

Sandy took control of the match early with a pair of two-point decisions at 106 and 112 pounds. by: SETH GORDON - More points - Freshman heavyweight Dallas O'Bryan pins an opponent from Sandy Friday night in the final match of the Earl Gillis Invitational at Newberg High School. O'Bryan won in his varsity debut, but the Pioneers downed the Tigers 42-18 to capture the title.

Newberg forfeited at 119 pounds and following a technical fall and pin in the next two matches, found itself trailing 23-0.

Sandy prevailed in another pair of close decisions at 138 and 145 pounds to push its lead to 29-0 before the Tigers got on the board with a 4-2 decision by Matthew McCarthy at 152 pounds.

“We lost a couple of close matches, which is a tough way to start a dual,” head coach Neil Russo said. “They got on a roll, but there were some pretty competitive matches. Matthew McCarthy finally got us on the board and he actually beat a kid who he lost to a week ago at the Sandy tournament.”

Devin Russo prevailed 6-1 at 182 pounds for Newberg’s only other win, but the Tigers couldn’t complain too much about momentum turning against them considering they had just ridden a similar wave to a 43-28 victory against defending 6A state champion David Douglas in the semifinals.

In that match, Aerie Baxter and Patrick Boulanger both earned decision victories at 106 and 112 pounds respectively, and 120-pounder Thomas Myers pinned Quentin Jamieson in the first period to put Newberg up 12-0.

The Tigers led 16-6 following Tim Lane’s 10-0 major decision at 132 pounds and got a big win from Joe Landry-Snider, who was trailing in his 138-pound match when he pinned Tristan Molinari.

The two teams alternated wins the rest of the way, with McCarthy, Jack Kerwin, Will Fox and Dakota Church earning victories for Newberg.

By defeating the Scots, the Tigers ran their season-opening dual-meet win streak to 11 matches, which also included a 66-7 drubbing of Stayton in the opening round of the Earl Gillis and a 51-23 win over a short-handed West Salem squad Jan. 9.

Newberg will host Sprague at 6 p.m. Wednesday before heading to the Oregon Classic Friday and Saturday in Redmond.

“The kids are coming along, they’re competing well,” Russo said. “Everyone else it feels like is going down in weight and we’re still up. It just feels like everybody we wrestle is a little bit bigger than we are. We’ll be stuck in our lineup for a little while, but we’re just concentrating on getting better.”

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