GRESHAM — Of the 43 wrestlers spread across seven local teams who made the trip to the OSAA State Championships that began on Friday, only one made the trip back with a state title.
Sophomore Alice Todryk was Hermiston’s last chance at not leaving Portland without a championship finish on Saturday, and she did not disappoint.
In the girls’ 100-pound weight class final on Saturday, Todryk pinned Grants Pass sophomore Samantha Dara in 3:48 to claim the championship, the only individual title of the weekend for the Bulldogs. To reach the finals, Todryk also scored a win by fall against Oregon City’s Emma Baertlein in 3:48.
It was the last year of the girls tournament being an exhibition event, as girls wrestling will officially become an OSAA-sanctioned sport beginning next school year (Hermiston is moving to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association next year, where girls wrestling is also a sanctioned sport).
Four Hermiston boys wrestlers earned spots on the podium on Saturday. Joey Gutierrez (195) and Beau Blake (285) both earned fourth place finishes, while A.J Tuia (145) finished fifth and Ruben Madrigal (106) came in sixth.
Gutierrez was bounced from title contention in the semifinals where he was pinned by the eventual state champion Avery Jaramillo of Thurston in 3:19. He then scored a win in consolation before a medical forfeit left him with a fourth place finish. For Blake, he lost his semifinal match to No. 1 seed Iosefa Polamalu of Sandy by a close 4-2 decision. He then scored a win by fall in consolation before a 3-2 decision defeat left him with fourth place, an improvement from last year’s fifth place finish at state.
Tuia lost his semifinal match by a hair, a 3-2 decision, relegating him to consolation. There, Tuia lost another match by decision before finally defeating Thurston’s Seth Morales by a 3-1 decision to claim fifth place.
As a team, Hermiston finished in 12th place with 60.0 points and fell from their place at the end of the first day of competition Friday, which was 10th place with 44.0 points.
During the first day, Gutierrez, the No. 2 seed at 195 pounds, picked up a win by forfeit and a win by fall in just 57 seconds to move on to the semifinals where he faces No. 3 Avery Jaramillo of Thurston tomorrow. Tuia picked up a win by fall and a 2-0 decision to move on to the semis, where he gets No. 1 Matthew Lee of Milwaukie. And Blake won by fall and by a 5-2 decision to advance to the semis and faces No. 1 Iosefa Polamalu from Sandy.
Madrigal dropped his quarterfinal match and moved into the consolation bracket, where he handed teammate Adrian Delgado his second loss with a fall at 3:58, keeping Madrigal alive.
The Bulldogs were also at the wrong end of a big upset as No. 4 Sean Stewart (220) lost to unseeded Crayton Gillespie of Crater by fall at 5:31 in the first round, and then was eliminated with a loss by fall in consolation as well.
In Class 3A, Riverside and Irrigon finished in 13th (46 points) and 14th place (44 points), respectively, while Echo/Stanfield ended its season in 26th place with only 10 points.
For the Pirates, Fernando Ortega (106), Abraham Silva (113) and Andrew Barker (120) all earned fourth place finishes.
Barker and Ortega each moved into the semifinals with wins in the quarterfinals following first-round byes. Ortega has a matchup with No. 2 Ryan Vidlak of Cascade Christian and No. 1 Derrik Kerr from La Pine awaits Barker in the semifinals.
Silva and Ethan Snyder (138) both remain in contention in the consolation bracket.
After getting pinned in 3:27 in the semifinals, Ortega quickly made it through the consolation round with a win by fall over Efrain Caldera of Nyssa in just 35 seconds. In the third place match, he was pitted against Dayton’s Ryan Penrose — who won by a 9-0 major decision.
Barker moved into the consolation round after La Pine’s Derrik Kerr won by a 15-1 major decision. In the consolation semis, Barker won by a 13-2 major decision over Logan Beem of Santiam Christian. Then, in the third place match against Ethan Howard (Willamina), Barker was pinned in just 1:24, where he settled for fourth place — an improvement from his sixth place finish as a junior.
Silva wrestled his way through the consolation bracket to try for third place against Alexys Zepeda of Gervais. The close bout ended in favor of Zepeda, who won by a 3-2 decision.
Irrigon’s Alex Miranda-Walls (170) had the best day of any Knight, as he claimed third place after pinning Scio’s Dru Cook in 1:12 to win the match. Miranda-Walls got into the consolation bracket after a narrow 5-4 decision defeat to Harrisburg’s Leithan Briggs in the semifinals. He used a first-round bye and a win by fall in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis.
Also for the Knights, Brady Harrington (195) made it into the third place match by a win by fall in 4:57 and a win by decision (3-2), he lost to Coquille’s Joey Vigue by fall (1:27) for a fourth place finish. Harrington’s first win in consolation Friday came against Riverside’s Adolfo Martinez, which knocked him out of the tournament.
Silvestre Vasquez (126) rounded out the top five in his weight class after pinning Echo’s Kyle Ranger in Round 3 of the consolation bracket, he moved on to the consolation semifinals. But after Asher Ruchti (Pleasant Hill) won in sudden victory-1 (9-7), Vasquez had to now wrestle for fifth place. He pinned Hunter Robison (Scio) in 1:47 for the podium finish.
After Ranger was done for Echo/Stanfield, there were only two wrestlers remaining. Both were also defeated in the third round of the consolation bracket.
David Elwood (Willamina/Falls City) won by fall in 2:23 over Mychael Pointer (145), and Logan Butler (182) lost to La Pine’s Michael Heutzenroeder by a 9-5 decision.
Ranger wrestled his way into Saturday’s slate after winning his first match in consolation by fall. Also on Friday, Pointer scored a close 14-10 decision victory, and Butler won and lost by fall to start the day, and then scored another win by fall in just 50 seconds in consolation to stay in contention.
Heppner’s lone wrestler at the tournament, Zach Bredfield at 145 pounds, had back-to-back losses to start and end his day early.