Making weight and staying healthy was the difference.
The Crescent Valley High wrestling team’s clash with crosstown rival Corvallis could have been close, but the Spartans were undermanned.
That allowed the Raiders to win the Mid-Willamette Conference dual meet Thursday night at home 48-26 to conclude the regular season.
CV dominated early in the lighter weights, withheld a late charge by the Spartans and wrapped up the 14-match meet with three to go.
“They all wrestled really well,” CV coach John Rich said of his competitors. “We have a real tough lower weight group from about 120 to 160.”
Stanfur Lassen (120 pounds), Alex Rich (126), Brock Wilson (132), Christian Armatas (152), Jodison Lassen (160) and Bailey Samuel (285) won their matches by pin for the Raiders.
Ben Hale (113) won by forfeit, while Alex McNeil (138) and Christian Stevens (220) earned narrow decisions. McNeil edged Parker Stanway 7-5 in the most dramatic match of the night filled with lead changes, and Stevens beat Andrew Iademarco 6-3 with a late charge.
“This was the first time for us to have a full lineup for a dual this year,” John Rich said. “It was nice to do it on this one. We had some guys work to get weight down.”
Rich praised Stevens for dropping weight to 220 and allow Samuel to compete at 285. Stevens was the only one on the roster who could get to 220.
Other changes at the lower weights were Lassen, Rich and Wilson moved down a class for the first time this year.
“Christian Stevens was a big hero,” John Rich said. “He worked his butt off to get there and was a big help. It was a team effort and the team did a good job to put together a full lineup.”
Beating the Spartans was not only an emotional booster, it allowed the Raiders to experiment.
These are the weight classes the Raiders hope to wrestle at the district and state tournaments if they can remain steady.
“We are friendly with this team, but it’s always a match you always want to win,” John Rich said. “They have a significantly bigger team. We are real thin. We have one guy at every weight almost. We knew if anyone got hurt or was not healthy this week, we would have been in trouble.”
The Spartans, however, had to forfeit at 113 pounds when Carl Johnson couldn’t make weight, coach Ron Sather said. Two other front-line wrestlers were sick and couldn’t compete.
“We were missing two of our better guys and that would have helped us,” Sather said. “We had to forfeit 113 and that could have been a difference, too. On paper it would have been a donnybrook head-to-head. If we had those guys, we could have won, if they won.”
CHS made the meet interesting when Andrew Woods (106) and Carlos Hernandez (195) pinned their opponents.
Ryan Hewes (182) wrestled a strong match to defeat CV’s George Harder 8-0 and James Woods won 9-0 over Kyle Stein.
“I hand it to Crescent Valley, I thought they wrestled very aggressively and did a good job,” Sather said. “Even the guys who lost and were out-manned competed. It’s just all of a sudden we had the flu this week with a lot of guys staying at home. Hopefully, they’ll be back next week and put in a good showing at districts.”
Crescent Valley 48, Corvallis 26
106: Andrew Woods, CHS, p. Daniel Hale, 2:38
113: Ben Hale, CV, won by forfeit
120: Stanfur Lassen, CV, p. Jonathon Hilchey, 1:39
126: Alex Rich, CV, p. Kelii McFadden, 1:46
132: Brock Wilson, CV, p. Wyatt Mills, 1:44
138: Alex McNeil, CV, dec. Parker Stanway, 7-5
145: James Woods, CHS, dec. Kyle Stein, 9-0
152: Christian Armatas, CV, p. Garrett Worsch, 4:38
160: Jodison Lassen, CV, p. Ethan Hull, 1:35
170: Richard Bylund, CHS, won by forfeit
182: Ryan Hewes, CHS, dec. George Harder, 8-0
195: Carlos Hernandez, CHS, p. Sam Kane, 2:25
220: Christian Stevens, CV, dec. Andrew Iademarco, 6-3
285: Bailey Samuel, CV, p. Robert Henderson, 3:59