Top-ranked Glide will enter 19 wrestlers and is favored to win its third straight Class 3A District 3 title on Saturday at Coquille High School.
“With the depth of our team, I feel pretty confident going into district,” said Glide coach Jeff Freeman. “The kids have been chomping at the bit. It’s been a long season, but they’re ready to finish (the next two weeks) out on a high note.”
The Wildcats will be joined by Coquille, Illinois Valley, Lakeview, Rogue River, Creswell and Cascade Christian. The top three placers in each weight class advance to next weekend’s 3A state tournament at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
Top seeds for Glide include junior Walker Damewood (138 pounds), junior Garret Short (145), junior Jake Forrester (152), senior Luke O’Connor (160) and junior Mikel Farley (170). Seeded second are Ethan Melton (106), freshman Ian Quimby (126), sophomore Devin Freeman (126), senior Michael Loomis (132), sophomore Alex Holland (138) and senior Brey Syverson (195).
Devin Freeman, Damewood, O’Connor and Farley are defending district champions. Damewood is unbeaten on the season at 34-0, while O’Connor is 33-4.
“We could take anywhere from 10 to 15 kids to state, depending on how we wrestle,” coach Freeman said. “I think the (competitive) schedule will work to our advantage. A lot of No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are battle-tested and hopefully they’ll compete at a high level and make some noise.”
Damewood, Forrester and O’Connor are ranked No. 1 by Oregon Wrestling Forum at their weights. Holland and Short are each ranked No. 2, and Farley and Syverson No. 3.
The championship finals will start around 4 p.m., according to Jeff Freeman.
Class 4A Regional
TRI CITY — There was one definite upside to the lower-than-usual numbers at the Far West League wrestling championships in North Bend: If one was wrestling, there was a pretty good shot one was getting through to the next stage.
That next stage is Saturday at South Umpqua High School for the Region 3 Championships, at which the FWL will welcome Skyline Conference schools such as Mazama, Henley, Klamath Union, Phoenix, Hidden Valley and North Valley. The top four in each class will advance to the Feb. 22-23 Class 4A State Championships at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Sutherlin won comfortably at the FWL meet thanks in large part to strength in numbers and has that advantage again among area schools. The Bulldogs will be represented by 15 wrestlers, while Douglas will bring six and South Umpqua five to the competition.
The Bulldogs also boast six No. 2 seeds at the tournament: freshman Branden Carrillo (120 pounds), senior AJ Anderson (132), sophomore Jona Delacruz (138), senior Dylan Dawson (170), senior Nic Baning (195) and sophomore Thomas Smalley (220). All six won individual FWL titles.
Seniors Chris Bowers (106) and Wyatt Tarditi (126) are both seeded second for South Umpqua after winning individual titles last weekend. Austin Mitchell (160) was an individual champ for Douglas.
None of the Douglas County schools will go into the Region 3 tourney with a No. 1 seed. Henley, which was the state runner-up to Cascade as a team in 2012, has nine No. 1 seeds.
First-round wrestling is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. The championship finals will begin around 7 p.m.
Two-time defending state champion David Henry (220) led Oakland into the District 2 regional meet today at Oakridge High School.
Also competing were Glendale, Riddle, North Douglas, Reedsport, Lowell, McKenzie, Mohawk, Oakridge, Crow, Gold Beach and Myrtle Point.
Henry, a senior, is ranked No. 1 at his weight by OWF. Seniors Ryan Comstock (160) and Jacob Henrikson (182), sophomore Angus Swan (195) and junior Ian Patt (120) are ranked in the top five.
Lowell is the defending team champion. The top two placers at each weight qualify for next weekend’s 2A state meet in Portland.