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White wins rematch to take third at Tourney of Champions

Devin White scores a late takedown to secure a 3-2 decision over the brackets No. 2 seed


by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Devin White works to turn Hillsboros T.J. Callender in the center circle during Saturdays third-place bout at the Tournament of Champions. HILLSBORO — Sandy senior Devin White did a double take when he stepped onto the mat to wrestle for third place Saturday at the Resers Tournament of Champions. He was squaring off with No. 2 seed T.J. Cavender out of Hillsboro for the second time in 24 hours after suffering a tough 10-8 loss in the quarterfinals the day before.

“It plays head games with you, but I was ready for a tough match knowing I’d have to grind it out,” White said.

Saturday’s rematch was a similar showdown just without as many points.

White spun out of Cavender’s grasp for an escape to knot the score 1-1 with less than a minute remaining. The next takedown would likely win the match.

Both wrestlers locked up at the edge of the mat, but White earned inside position and managed to pop his head loose for the winning points with 0:22 on the clock to earn the 3-2 decision and Sandy’s best finish at the elite tournament.

“I was expecting to go to overtime. We were both having a hard time scoring,” White said. “He went for the head lock, and I just didn’t want to go. I locked my hands around his waist, squeezed hard and popped out of there.”

Teammate Kyle Grahn reached the 113-pound semifinals with a series of decisions before falling 9-0 to Glencoe’s Nate Johnson in the third-place bout.

Dakota Peterson won his fifth-place match at 120 pounds by a 5-2 count. He picked up a pair of consolation wins to reach Saturday’s placing round.

Sandy tied for 12th in the team tally with 76 points.

Crook County won the tournament with 274 points — 50 better than runner-up Roseburg. The Cowboys crowned three champions and reached the semifinals in 11 of the 14 weight classes.

View a photo gallery from Saturday’s placing matches at daveball.exposuremanager.com.