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Men’s,women’s wrestling compete at Mike Clock Open

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RiverHawks wrestling went to Pacific University to compete at the Mike Clock Open on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12. Twenty-six teams from community colleges and universities in British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon battled it out on the mats to try and win in their weight classes.

Most wrestling matches during the tournament seemed to either win with a pin in the first minute or took longer than the three hour car trip from Roseburg to the Portland area tournament.

Could that be that I did not see all the good matches when there, or was that because of the vast difference in school’s skill level and experience?

UCC’s Dallas O’Bryan won his 285 pound quarterfinals match with an overtime score of 4-2 but failed to advance in his weight bracket.

Ian Thomas (165) won his first match by decision against Zac Volk (WSU) and then was pinned by Tyler McLean (SFU) in his next match. Thomas lost his final bout by decision against KJ Swanson (GH).

Ian Thomas lost his 165 pound quarterfinals match by fall (pin), and Pamela Beans of UCC’s women’s team lost her 143 pound semifinals match by fall.

After a first round bye, UCC’s Grant Laiblin (133) lost by pin to Riley Prough of Simon Fraiser University (SFU). Laiblin later lost his second and final match by major decision to Christian Balagso of Southwest Oregon Community College (SWOCC).

Kobe Olson (149) of UCC pinned his second opponent, Marco Young (SWOCC), and then lost to Braedon Orrino. Olson was also pinned by Joshua Reyes in his first round match.

Jake Porter (157) won his second match by decision against Cameron Dubos of Washington State University (WSU). Porter later was pinned by Cooper McCullough of North Idaho College (NIC) and lost his first round match by fall against Drake Randall (EOU).

Wyatt Kesler (157) won his second match by pinning Kimani Sam Johnson of Grays Harbor Community College (GH). Kesler did lose his next consolation round to Nick Dozier of Cerritos College by fall and also his first round against Devin Doneen of Western Washington University.

Christian Perez (174) pinned Matthew Alejandro (GH) in his second match of the day. Perez lost his last round by fall to Cole Hornbrook as well as his first round match against Konner Langholff (SWOCC).

Levi Summers (184) lost his first found by major decision to Tanner Belcher. Summers lost his next round as well by decision against Joe Fricilone (GH).

After Brayden Schultz (197) was pinned in his first match by Morgan Smith (SFU) and Josh Hammers (197) lost his first round match by fall against Gage Harrah of Clackamas Community College, Schultz and Hammers came back to win both of their next matches by fall.

Hammers went on to pin Jack Moen of Grays Harbor but then lost to Alejandro Sandoval (SWOCC) by decision. Schultz then lost his next match by pin to Jack Dahlgren (GH).

Dallas O’Bryan (285) pinned Juan Vallejo (Clackamas) in the first round and beat Timothy Smith (SFU) in overtime of his second match. O’Bryan then lost his next match to Nishan Randhawa (SFU), then to Damian Trujillo (NIC).

Coach Kyle Temple of UCC’s men’s team said, “In this level, everybody is tough.” Temple also stated, “The biggest thing is our kids compete.”

For the women’s team, UCC’s Moira Sheldon (123) lost her first match by fall to Brooklyn Bartelson (SFU). Sheldon lost her final match to Angelina Sanchez by technical fall.

Jennifer Molinero (130) lost her first match by fall to Alex Hedrick (SFU). Molinero also lost her last match to Sierra Joner (SWOCC).

Saskia Vanderhoff (136) beat Piper Stanford by a 9-to-5 decision in her second match. She lost her first match to Nicole Depa (SFU) by technical fall and her last match to Olivia Demars (SWOCC) by forfeit due to injury.

Pamela Beans (143) pinned Megan Gonzalez (GH) for a win by fall, but then lost to Francesca Giorgio (SFU) by fall. Beans lost her last match to a 6-to-0 decision to Maryssa Monterrosa (GH).

Mariela Ferritz (155) lost her first match to Tiana Peterson by fall. Ferritz lost her last match by pin to Anevay Avila of the University of Washington.

Coach Asia DeWeese of the women’s team was disappointed by the results, understandably due to not having a full roster.

“We are in the process of recruiting more wrestlers for next year,” DeWeese stated.

UCC’s men’s wrestling team will compete against North Idaho College in a dual meet in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Nov. 18.

The women’s team will compete in a dual meet in Spokane, Washington against Spokane Community College on Nov. 19.