Mac-Hi senior Jesse Jones and Heppner sophomore Jace Coe brought home silver medals from the Oregon State Wrestling Championships this past weekend at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Coe, who upset the No. 1 seed in his first match at state, is the highest Heppner state placer since Cord Flynn won the 195-pound state title in 2017.
“Wrestling the No. 1 seed in the first round, I didn’t see it,” Coe said of making the finals. “I was surprised. I definitely came out with a result I’m happy with.”
Coe, who was not ranked going into state at 160 pounds, earned a 5-2 decision over German Munoz of Nyssa in the semifinals.
In the finals, Coe lost a 5-3 decision to Trenton Hutchinson of Toledo to finish the season 33-11.
“I went in wanting to win, expecting to win,” Coe said. “He was a tough opponent.”
At 170, Heppner sophomore Conor Brosnan was pinned in the blood round Saturday morning by Joseph Moore of Colton, falling one win shy of bringing home a state medal. He finished the season 28-16.
The 2A and 3A tournaments only award medals through fourth place.
Jones dropped the Class 4A 138-pound title match to Sweet Home’s Jackson Royer by major decision, 11-2.
Jones pinned Tristan Spencer of Sweet Home in 5:29 in the semifinals to advance to the finals. He finished the season 36-1.
Riverside’s Fernando Ortega (24-9) finished fourth at 120 pounds. He beat Jackson O’Connor of Pleasant Hill 3-2 to advance to the third-place match, where he lost a 7-4 decision to Jakob Jarvis of Yamhill-Carlton.
Also for the Pirates, Jacob Harris (152) was pinned in the consolation bracket by Skylar Peters of Pleasant Hill.
At 285, Riverside’s Jordy Mendoza was pinned by Teagan DeForest of La Pine in his consolation match.
Irrigon’s Asher Hall still was alive Saturday morning in the 113-pound consolation semifinals, but a 13-0 major decision loss to No. 2 seed Ryan Penrose of Dayton kept him out of a medal match.