Philomath senior Brooks Stearns and sophomore Connar Kohn each placed fourth at Saturday’s Perry Burlison Wrestling Classic at Cascade High School near Turner.
The season-opening tournament featured 26 schools from various classifications. Class 5A Crook County easily won the meet. Sweet Home, which is in 4A Special District 2 with Philomath, had an impressive runner-up showing just ahead of 5A Crescent Valley. The Warriors tied for 14th with Cottage Grove.
Stearns and Kohn both advanced into third-place matches at the tournament but did not wrestle. In both cases, their opponents had reached the maximum number of matches of five in one day. Stearns did have a 4-1 record on the day but he didn’t compete in one of those, a medical forfeit victory.
Stearns, competing at 220 pounds, opened with an 11-8 win over Cooper Hise of Dallas. After losing on a second-period pin against Silverton’s Owen Magill, he fought back for consolation round victories over Tigard’s Brandon Baker on a pin in 1:56 and over McKay’s Giovanni Perez-Alejandre in 4:19.
Stearns was awarded the medical forfeit over North Salem’s Antonio Garcia to advance to the third-place match against Lebanon’s Keith Brown. Since the bout couldn’t take place, the tournament officially lists each wrestler as tying for fourth.
Kohn won his first two matches at 195 to reach the semifinals. In his first bout, Kohn pinned McMinnville’s Jayson Jarvis in just 26 seconds. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Central’s Gabe Cervantes in 3:52.
In the semis, however, Kohn ran into the top seed and eventual champion, Jaxson Rhoden of Crook County, and lost on a pin in 2:25. Kohn won by rule over Cascade’s Matthew Clark to reach the third-place match. His opponent would’ve been Elmira’s Nat Brown, who had a 4-1 record at that point in the tournament.
Freshman Blake Niemann, freshman Blaise Pindell, senior Jayden Jensen and sophomore Austin Murphree each scored points toward the team total. Of those four wrestlers, Murphree, was the only one to win a bout that actually materialized on the mat.
Wrestling at 160, Murphree pinned South Salem’s Jordan Johnson in 1:42 in a consolation match.
Niemann at 106 and Pindell at 126 both had wins on medical forfeits. Jensen was awarded a forfeit victory at 160 over a would-be opponent from Tigard.
As mentioned, Sweet Home was the top 4A Special District 2 team at the meet, scoring 195 points, followed by Cascade (72), Junction City (55), Philomath (48), Elmira (42) and Stayton (13).
Philomath will see its next action Saturday at the Scio Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
Philomath High placed sixth in the girls tournament with 41 points. Thurston won with 195 with Sweet Home second (89) and Elmira third (57). This is the first season of girls wrestling as an OSAA-sanctioned sport.
Freshman Reynece Ryan won the 190-pound weight class with pins over Junction City’s Jessica Hodgson in 1:38 and 13 seconds. Ryan and Hodgson were the only two competitors in the weight class and so they wrestled twice.
Senior Rio Jensen had a runner-up finish at 125 pounds. Jensen opened with a pin in 4:23 over Thurston’s Hayley Cohn and followed with a pin over Elmira’s Linda Cline in 2:57. In the championship bout, Sweet Home’s Jessy Hart pinned Jensen in 2:00.
In the 155-pound class, foreign-exchange student Emma Lalande placed third with a 2-1 record. Lalande opened with a pin over Scappoose’s Belle Erhardt in 2:38. In the semifinals, she lost to Thurston’s Denali Deardorff in 37 seconds but regrouped to win the third-place match over Thurston’s Maggie Petersen with a pin in 1:10.
The girls will now head to a tournament Saturday at Springfield.
Perry Burlison Wrestling Classic
Saturday at Cascade HS
Team scoring: Crook County 262, Sweet Home 195, Crescent Valley 191, Dallas 168.5, Lebanon 124, Silverton 115.5, Tigard 82, Thurston 74, Cascade 72, Marshfield 58.5, Junction City 55, North Salem 55, McMinnville 49, Cottage Grove 48, Philomath 48, Yamhill-Carlton 45, McKay 42.5, Elmira 42, West Albany 39, Scappoose 30, South Salem 30, North Marion 27.5, Central 25, Stayton 13, Nestucca 8, Sisters 7.
106 — Blake Niemann (1-2): Pinned by Gabe Wisenhunt, Crescent Valley, 0:54; med. forfeit over Mark Hasty, Thurston; pinned by Julio Ramirez, North Salem, 0:37.
126 — Blaise Pindell (1-2): Lost by tech. fall to Frankie Harlow, Marshfield, 18-3 (4:20); med. forfeit over Dalton Ford, Sisters; pinned by Tristan Spencer, Sweet Home, 1:35.
160 — Jayden Jensen (1-2): Pinned by Gavin McLean, Crook County, 2:36; forfeit over Diego Loza, Tigard; pinned by Matthew Stahlberg, Cascade, 2:08.
160 — Austin Murphree (1-2): Pinned by Drew Swenson, Cottage Grove, 2:44; pinned Jordan Johnson, South Salem, 1:42; pinned by Orion Craigmyle, McMinnville, 3:48.
195 — Connar Kohn (2-2, 4th): Pinned Jayson Jarvis, McMinnville, 0:26; pinned Gabe Cervantes, Central, 3:52; pinned by Jaxson Rhoden, Crook County, 2:25; won by rule over Matthew Clark, Cascade, 6-2; vs. Nat Brown, Elmira, DFF.
220 — Brooks Stearns (4-1, 4th): Dec. Cooper Hise, Dallas, 11-8; pinned by Owen Magill, Silverton, 3:27; pinned Brandon Baker, Tigard, 1:56; pinned Giovanni Perez-Alejandre, McKay, 4:19; med. forfeit over Antonio Garcia, North Salem; vs. Keith Brown, Lebanon, DFF.
285 — Noah Estes (0-2): Pinned by Javier Velasquez, Tigard, 0:44; pinned by Malachi Lee, Lebanon, 0:33.
Note: DFF means the match did not take place because at least one wrestler had reached the maximum number of five bouts in one day.
Team scoring: Thurston 195, Sweet Home 89, Elmira 57, McKay 56, Scappoose 48, Philomath 41, Junction City 24, North Salem 21, Silverton 18, Dallas 15, Central 14, South Salem 10, Sisters 9, Cascade 6.
125 — Rio Jensen (2-1, 2nd): Pinned Hayley Cohn, Thurston, 4:23; pinned Linda Cline, Elmira, 2:57; pinned by Jessy Hart, Sweet Home, 2:00.
155 — Emma Lalande (2-1, 3rd): Pinned Belle Erhardt, Scappoose, 2:38; pinned by Denali Deardorff, Thurston, 0:37; pinned Maggie Petersen, Thurston, 1:10.
190 — Reynece Ryan (2-0, 1st): Pinned Jessica Hodgson, Junction City, 1:38; pinned Jessica Hodgson, Junction City, 0:13.
120-125 — Hunter Kaumann (2-1, 3rd): Pinned Quentin Foster, Dallas, 1:57; lost sudden victory to Bodee Haddy, Junction City, 10-8); pinned Aiden Reynolds, Tigard, 1:11.
151-165 — Cody Griffin (2-1, 2nd): Pinned Brandon Reaves, McKay, 2:40; pinned Codi Pearsall, Sweet Home, 0:32; pinned by Gerrardo Cortes Cruz, Silverton, 3:58.
157-159 — George House (1-2, 4th): Dec. Liam Hammond, Silverton, 6-0; pinned by Noah Moore, Sweet Home, 2:51; lost dec. Tanner Nichols, South Salem, 10-3.
159-162 — Matthew Hamlet (2-1, 3rd): Pinned Grayson Ritchey, South Salem, 1:24; pinned by Jesse Jamison, Sweet Home, 5:21; pinned Gavin Davis, Nestucca, 1:03.
181-187 — Randy Tipsword (2-1, 5th): Pinned by Gabriel Dodge, Central, 1:01; pinned Tanner Reid, South Salem, 1:10; pinned Abner Penaloza, Tigard, 1:15.
189-197 — Matt Workman (2-1, 2nd): Pinned Augustus Axmaker, Silverton, 1:05; pinned Thomas Bates, McMinnville, 0:55; pinned by Walker Humphrey, Cottage Grove, 0:46.
210-221 — Joseph Choi (0-2, 7th): Pinned by Ben Reed, Silverton, 1:00; lost maj. dec. Jayden Fredrickson, Tigard, 10-2; bye in seventh-place match.
240-258 — Taylor Tally (1-2, 4th): Pinned Isaiah Limu, Central, 1:45; pinned by Johnny Nomani, Tigard, 1:14; pinned by Jaime Gozman, South Salem, 1:31.