Colbray wins another Reser's title

<p> Hermiston sophomore Samuel Shields-Colbray, in black, is declared the winner of the Reser's Tournament of Champions on Saturday in Hillsboro. It's Colbray's second time winning the event.</p>

Hermiston sophomore Samuel Colbray hadn’t allowed an opponent to get out of the first round all weekend, and he wasn’t about to let that change in Saturday’s 195-pound championship bout at the Tournament of Champions showcase hosted by Liberty High School.

The two-time national Greco champion set the tone quickly with a pair of near-falls in the first 30 seconds against third-seeded Zach Smith of Crook County.

“The mindset was to stay aggressive and not take anything for granted,” Colbray, who also won the TOC?a year ago, said. “Whatever opened up first is what I was going to take.”

He added another near-fall to go up 12-2 with the clocking winding down at the end of the first period. As it moved to less than 10 seconds, Colbray charged forward and sent Smith to his back. The buzzer sounded at nearly the same moment as the referee slapped the mat.

After a brief discussion, it was ruled the clock saved Smith from a pin, but the near-fall points were enough to give Colbray a 17-2 technical fall after just two minutes of action.

He pinned his first three opponents in a combined 3:25.

“This is how state should be with all the classes combined, so it feels great to come in here and win it,” Colbray said.

Hermiston finished fifth in the team tally with 112.5 points. Crook County won the trophy with a 274 total.

The Bulldogs’ Armando Garcia reached the semifinals at 285 pounds and placed fourth, while Michael Finn scored a 15-1 major decision in the fifth-place bout at 220 pounds. Teammates Andy Wagner (113) and A.J. Garcia (138) each placed sixth.

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