Coming off his fifth-place state finish last season, The Dalles senior JR Scott was in total control with five consecutive victories to capture first place in the 195-pound division this past weekend at the Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament in Oregon City.
In his first two bouts, Scott pinned Anthony Peralez (Southridge) in 29 seconds and added a 26-second pinfall of Sherwood’s Danny Pena to earn a quarterfinals berth versus Liberty’s Tobias Cook.
The Riverhawk senior had to work a little harder, but eventually subdued Cook by pin at 1:12.
One win away from a championship bid, Scott scored a 13-0 major decision over Jonas Crowder (Lakeridge).
In the finals, Scott pinned Camas’ Colby Stoller in the second round (3:31) to secure his first tournament victory.
Last year, Scott posted three tournament wins, a runner-up finish and a fourth, but in two tournaments, he advanced to the semifinals and had to withdraw from action due to the flu.
The rest of TD’s wrestlers tallied 18 wins, 11 by pin, two major decisions, two technical falls, a decision and a pair of forfeits to give the squad 84 points for 16th place in the 21-team event.
Checking in at 160 pounds, Ophath Silaphath (3-2 record) placed 10th with two pins and a technical fall to his record.
At 1:09 of the first round, Silaphath won by fall over Carl Sadewasser (Camas), and in his consolation opener, he earned an 18-2 technical fall versus Carlos Corrales-Bazan (Redmond).
Up next, Silaphath pinned Quin Sheppard (Grant) in the second round (3:04) to give himself a chance at a ninth or 10th place finish.
In that showdown, however, Silaphath lost by pin at the 37-second mark versus Korbyn Amundson (Milwaukie).
At 160 pounds, TD senior Austin Greene placed 11th overall following his 3-2 record, two by pin.
Greene started with a 13-2 major decision versus Atreaue Roe (North Medford), but lost his next match to move into the consolation rounds.
Greene pinned Jacob Groman (Lakeridge) at the 4:59 mark of the third round.
After taking a loss in his next match, Greene pinned Quin Sheppard (Grant) at 56 seconds of the first round for 11th place.
Taking 13th place honors at 170 pounds, TD’s Taylor Morehouse went 3-2 and showed some grit in a tough division.
Morehouse secured a first-round pin victory (1:33) over Keven Mendoza (Woodburn) to get off to a quick start.
Following back-to-back pinfall losses, Morehouse pinned Will Hindrum (Grant) in the first round (1:56), and he capped a solid weekend with a pin against Dominic Brumbelow (Gresham) at the 2:09 mark of the second round.
In the 285-pound class, Miguel Torres grabbed two wins for 14th place.
Torres pinned Cole Miller (South Albany) in the third round (5:29) for his first-round win and then lost two straight matches, before winning by forfeit to advance to the 13th place round. In that session, Torres lost at 1:05 of the first round to Nick Severson (Sherwood).
Jake Haughton won by fall over Mountainside’s Lomax Miller (:39) and had a 14-7 decision over Huthan Nguyen (Beaverton) in the third consolation round, which moved him into the 13th place match with a 2-2 record.
There, Haughton lost to Andrew Webber (Camas) by major decision (12-0).
Ben Nelson claimed two victories at 145 pounds to score 15th place in his bracket, the first coming in his opening match opposite Thomas Garcia (South Albany). Nelson breezed to a pinfall triumph at the one-minute mark.
The Riverhawk junior then suffered three straight losses, but had an opportunity to place in his final match with Wyatt Krogh (Jefferson-Portland).
In that match, Krogh needed 2:26 to get his pinfall win.
Josh Sandoz won by a 17-1 technical fall over Isaac Bland (Liberty) and tacked on a 14-0 major decision against Alan Ibarra (Woodburn), both in the consolation bracket to end up at 2-3 in the 170-pound division.
Levi Krueger (182 pounds) scored four team points with one win in four bouts, Eleyah Sutton-Lott (132) went 0-3, and Ikai Hoff (138) wound up 0-4.
The Dalles travels to La Grande this weekend for the two-day Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
On Dec. 21-22, the Hawks participate in the Adrian Irwin Invitational in Redmond at Ridgeview High School.