Benton County Championships

Crescent Valley's Ryan Terwilliger, top, and Corvallis' Izaak Worsch battle at last year's Benton County Championships. The 2017 tournament will be held Wednesday in Philomath. 

Andy Cripe, Mid-Valley Media

Benton County's top prep wrestlers will be in action on Wednesday.

Philomath High is set to host this year’s edition of the annual Benton County Championships, which began in the 1999-2000 season. Wrestling is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Philomath, Santiam Christian and Monroe will all be participating. The Raiders are the defending champions.

“It’s just an awesome tournament because it doesn’t matter the size of the school,” Philomath coach Troy Woosley said. “Everyone gets together and usually knows each other, even if they are from a different school. It’s nice to see who is the best at each weight.”

The 2016 tournament featured an eight-man bracket at each weight class. A few weights could be expanded to 16 competitors for this year’s event.

“Some of the teams are a little bigger, which is a good thing,” Woosley said.

Woosley expects the finals to begin around 2:30 p.m.

Philomath was the 2015 team champion while Monroe captured the 2014 title.

“It’s wrestling, so it’s just your best against our best,” Woosley said. “I think it’s a fun tournament and it’s good for the fans because they get to see people they know. It’ll be a good hometown crowd, and I know our kids are always pumped to wrestle in it.”

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