First Action Of The Year

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

TURNER, Ore..–  Ian Carlos continued his tear once more to start his junior year thanks to a first-round pin in the Perry Burlison tournament Saturday at Cascade High School.

The tournament like many others wrestling teams take in part of during the season, allows different looks from some strong programs from different classifications like 4A’s Sweet Home and Crook County and 5A’s Thurston High School.

Those looks can also throw you for a loop as did Carlos in the second round against the Huskies of Sweet Home’s Boe Baxter.  Though Carlos won through Major Decision 20-10, Baxter presented a challenge as the match was at one point 8-4 during the second peroid as Carlos struggled to find his mojo as he did before and after the match.

“I mean I’m winning, but I’m not doing as good as I want to do,” said the Viking wrestler who was wrestling at 160 Saturday.  “I mean as you saw in that match, I wasn’t able to work half of my moves.  I mean I was able to take him down like it was no bodies business, but I wasn’t able to work my top game.

“I’m not too happy about it.  But that’s just it, it’s a learning experience you know, just more practice.”

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Ian Carlos (top) in his second match of the tournament Saturday trying to pin Sweet Home’s Boe Baxter (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Carlos bounced back with a 6-1 win over Thurston Colt’s Austin Watson, his closest in the tournament before wheeling off a Tech-Fall, 15-0 decision in the finals over Mitchell Sorte; the match could be a District Final if either meet at a different weight class come February.

Carlos was the highest finisher for the North Salem team as Jorge Ochoa sat out the tournament but was in attendance.

For McKay’s David Rubio, who’s descent plan had him at wrestling at 182 at this torunament after weighing in at 170.3 when it was created, keeping him above 170 though he was 168 come match day.

But nonetheless, Rubio battled through the bracket that included a big win over Sweet Home’s Bryce Coulter, a State Runner-Up in 4A last season and the number one seed in the tournament bracket, as Rubio knew he could use his speed and wit to get passed the guys weighing 12 pounds heavier than he was and break away from the Fatman Roll-techniques and strength that Coulter was presenting.

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David Rubio (right) shaking hands during Saturday’s tournament (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Rubio credits wrestling with former 152-pounder Tyler Thomas at practice, Thomas more like between 182 and 195 now in his late 20s, as well as guys above his weight class and below him to help him prepare for moments like this.

“I train with Tyler (Thomas), I’ve trained with all kinds of body types, I feel like I could be in any weight class,” said Rubio who’s aiming to wrestle 170 against Sprague this up-coming week. “This is a great confidence booster, I didn’t get to wrestle here last year, I had a ankle injury and I feel good going into the season.”

Rubio would finish second in the bracket, losing a tough 9-7 match to Crook County’s Kyle Knudtson.  Scot’s freshman Tess Barnett too finished second in the girls bracket, losing to Gervais’ stud wrestler Alexys Zepeda in the Championship Final for her first loss as a High School wrestler.

“Good I think,” smiled Barnett after her second win of the tournament.  “I notice I need to keep my head up because my head’s always down (in matches).”

Barnett wasn’t the only one making her Varsity debut as junior Jonathan Mentado made his first appearance as a varsity wrestler in the 220 bracket, perhaps taking over for Chava Carmago at the weight class.  Nerves were there, but the junior took fourth in the tournament losing a tough match to Banks Maxwell Merritt in a 3:18 pin.

“I was nervous because I’m in the weight class with (Cascade’s) Louie Sanchez, the (4A) State Champion at 220 and I was just nervous,” said Mentado.  “Like what if I go up against him, that’s what I’m nervous about.

“But the first match, I don’t know how to explain it.  It wasn’t easy but it was challenging.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.”

South Salem’s Kelton Bollier finished sixth at 113 as the lone Saxon who placed in the tournament.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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