The Glide wrestling team has put together an impressive run at the OSAA Class 3A tournament, finishing in the top four the past six years.
The Wildcats won back-to-back state championships in 2013-14 under Jeff Freeman. They placed fourth last season.
Glide, guided by first-year head coach Aaron Towne, hopes to extend its string of trophy finishes this weekend in the tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Competition gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Friday, with the championship finals set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Wildcats qualified 11 wrestlers — their entire squad — for state at the Special District 4 tournament in Glide on Feb. 3.
Glide has two No. 1 seeds in junior Zach Holland at 160 pounds and senior Collyn Potter at 195. Junior Cayden Kangiser (182) is a No. 2 seed, junior Zack Welker (285) is seeded No. 3 and junior Zach Vigil (220) is a No. 4 seed.
Also representing the Wildcats are senior Rhett Syverson (170), juniors Riley Reddick (120) and Giovanni Allison (152), and sophomores Gage Dill (113), Gabe Syverson (132) and Austin Warner (138).
Holland, who’s only lost once this season, was the state runner-up last year at 145. Potter finished second at 195.
Top-ranked Willamina, which finished second at state last year, has the most qualifiers with 13. Second-ranked Nyssa, a three-time defending champion, advanced 11 and No. 4 La Pine qualified 10.
Dayton and Harrisburg, who both finished in the top five in the team standings in 2017, both advanced seven.