The game plan will remain the same when the Roseburg wrestling team heads to North Medford High Friday for the Special District 6 Championships.
The second-ranked Indians want to win the tournament and qualify a big chunk of their 28 entrants for the OSAA Class 6A meet. Roseburg is pursuing its fifth straight state championship and 10th crown in 12 seasons under Steve Lander.
“I guess we’re at the ready or not stage,” Lander said. “Hopefully, we’re ready to go. I don’t use a predicting game, I just want us to wrestle well. Our second kids (junior varsity) have been pretty dominant in league duals and won the Reser’s (Tournament of Champions), and I have high expectations for them.”
The Indians advanced a school-record 27 wrestlers to state last year, but don’t expect that to happen this season. The top four placers at each weight move on.
Likely to receive No. 1 seeds for Roseburg at district are sophomore Cameron Cross at 106 pounds, senior Hunter Sparks at 120, senior Thomas Spence at 126, junior Logan Folsom at 160, senior Garrett Russell at 170, senior Brandon Jeffers at 182 and senior Terrell Jacks at 195.
Freshman Kahleb Diaz (120), sophomore Tristin David (132), sophomore Archer Bergeron (138), sophomore Colin Rietmann (145), junior Austin David (152) and junior Ethan Stoner (160) could receive No. 2 seeds.
Tristin David, Sparks, Austin David and Russell are defending district champions. Sparks is ranked No. 1 in 6A by Oregon Wrestling Forum, Jeffers and Jacks are both No. 2 and Russell No. 3.
First-round matches are scheduled for begin at 1 p.m. Friday. The championship finals are expected to start at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The high school wrestling season was shortened a week this year, with the district and state tournaments moved up.