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Tualatin wrestles well at NW Duals

The Wolves split their 8 matches at the 28-team event


ROCK CREEK — The Tualatin High School wrestling team got in a lot of matches, and came away with its share of success, at the Northwest Duals.

The 28-team event was held Friday and Saturday at Westview High School.

The Timberwolves opened the tourney by going 3-3 in pool competition to finish in fourth place in the Pool 1 standings.

Tualatin fell 50-15 to Dallas to open pool competition. The Wolves bounced back to down Franklin 60-18. Tualatin then dropped dual matches to Hillsboro, by a 57-10 score, and to Scappoose, by a 44-18 margin, before finishing strong with a 48-36 win over Snohomish, Wash., and a 45-32 victory over Barlow.

Senior Jeff Whitaker, at 126 pounds, senior John Whitaker, at 152, and senior Franklin Giannone, at 182, stepped up for the Wolves in pool competition, all going 5-1. Senior Blake Reser, at 145 pounds, went 4-2 in pool competition.

The Wolves then competed in the fourth-place bracket.

Tualatin opened bracket competition by tying Westview 36-36 and getting the win on criteria.

In that contest, Westview won the first four matches to jump out to a 21-0 lead.

Reser helped turn things around for the Wolves by pinning Westview’s Terrance Compton in a time of 1:29 in the 145-pound match.

John Whitaker followed that up by pinning Deivon Behbehani-Escobar in 0:47 at 152 pounds and Tualatin senior Sultan Keith picked up a win by forfeit at 160 to trim the Westview lead to 21-18.

Tualatin sophomore Oliver Price, at 170 pounds, then got a 7-1 decision win over Dean Durfee to tie the team score at 21-21.

The Wolves then claimed a 27-21 lead when Giannone pinned David Yancey in 1:24 at 182 pounds.

The Wildcats got a decision win at 195 pounds, but Tualatin answered that when Timberwolf junior Kellen Poti got a 7-6 decision win over Elijah Hirning at 220.

Westview got back-to-back falls at 285 and 106 pounds to take a 36-30 lead with one match to go. But Tualatin’s Joe Marquez came through in the clutch, pinning Juan Garcia-Hernandez in 1:44 in the 113-pound match to tie up the team score at 36-36.

In the fourth-place bracket finals, the Wolves fell 48-30 to Century. Tualatin winners in that contest included Jeff Whitaker at 126, Reser at 145, John Whitaker at 152, Giannone at 182, Poti at 220 and senior Ace Leben at 285.

The Wolves will be back in action Saturday when they wrestle at the Sandy Tournament, which starts at 10 a.m.



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