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Forfeits lift Elmira past Philomath in wrestling dual; Stearns wins thriller

Forfeits lift Elmira past Philomath in wrestling dual; Stearns wins thriller

PHS wrestling: Matt Workman

Matt Workman, seen here earlier this season, was among Philomath's wrestlers picking up wins Wednesday at Elmira.

Philomath High's wrestling squad headed down to Elmira Wednesday evening and in a close dual, lost by a 42-33 count.

When it comes to matches contested on the mat, Philomath held a 33-30 advantage. But Elmira benefited from two forfeit wins for 12 points.

In one of the most interesting bouts of the dual, PHS senior Brooks Stearns worked a 7-5 victory over Elmira's Nat Brown at 182 pounds. Both wrestlers came into the match with 30 victories this season. Stearns won the match with a late scramble takedown.

The win by Stearns was among five straight victories by PHS grapplers during the dual. Cooper Latz started the run at 152 with a pin in 1:44. Matthew Hamlet at 160 and Issiah Blackburn at 170 followed with pins of their own.

After the Stearns victory, Matt Workman took care of his opponent with a pin late in the first period.

Philomath's one other victory came at 126 with Blaise Pindell's pin over his opponent in 1:55.

Among the losses, Blake Niemann dropped a very close 8-7 decision at 106. Connar Kohn wrestled up at 220 to face Mikey Montgomery, another Elmira wrestler with 30-plus wins. Montgomery had the upper hand with a 20-10 major decision.

Rio Jensen and Emma Lalande each wrestled two opponents in girls' exhibition matches. Jensen had two pins in less than a minute and Lalande won her bouts on a technical fall and a first-period pin.

Philomath will wrestle at home this weekend by hosting the annual Oregon West Conference Duals. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Elmira 42, Philomath 33

Wednesday at Elmira

106 — Liberty Barklow, ELM, dec. Blake Niemann, 8-7

113 — Elva Zhao, ELM, won by forfeit

120 — Logan Cave, ELM, won by forfeit

126 — Blaise Pindell, PHS, pinned Koby Warren, 1:55

132 — Hunter Davis, ELM, tech. fall Hunter Kaumanns, 15-0 (4:22)

138 — Ayden Wolgamott, ELM, pinned Hunter McCaskill, 1:56

145 — Ruben Fox, ELM, pinned Morgan French, 3:30

152 — Cooper Latz, PHS, pinned Mark Richardson, 1:44

160 — Matthew Hamlet, PHS, pinned Darius Gbaa, 1:51

170 — Issiah Blackburn, PHS, pinned Blake Wigham, 3:19

182 — Brooks Stearns, PHS, dec. Nat Brown, 7-5

195 — Matt Workman, PHS, pinned Kenyon Baldree, 1:53

220 — Mikey Montgomery, ELM, maj. dec. Connar Kohn, 20-10

285 — Caleb Hunter, ELM, pinned Noah Estes, 1:15



120 — Rio Jensen, PHS, pinned Linda Cline, 0:53

125 — Rio Jensen, PHS, pinned Liyta Lane, 0:44

145 — Emma Lalande, PHS, tech. fall Anna McDougal, 26-11 (5:37)

155 — Emma Lalande, PHS, pinned Carissa Cervantez, 1:01


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