By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–Brayden Ebbs knows the talent of McKay’s David Rubio when the 160 pounder entered the circle for his second match against the night.
Ebbs jumped out to a 5-1 lead on the Scots grappler after the first period, Rubio was making one of his first matches of the year at 160; but Rubio charged back by cutting the four-point deficit to one entering the final period at 5-4.
But Ebbs, who had to take a moment during the third period for injury time due to some back muscles that were stiffening up on him, held on for the victory over the charging Rubio as he continues to improve with Districts just right around the corner.
“I came in, and I knew it was going to be a tough match because I’ve watched him wrestle the last few years and he’s progressed amazingly,” said Ebbs. “He’s turned into a great wrestler and I was excited to have a good tough match.
“We wrestle everybody throughout the season, dual tournaments and I get to see some of the wrestlers that I’m going to be seeing at Districts. My mindset is that, wrestle them and I’ll see what they’re good at and see what they’re not good at and I use that to my advantage and I stratgetize for Districts.”
The Celtics would go on to defeat McKay in the Greater Valley Conference-league dual match that capped back-to-back team wins for McNary as they too defeated West Salem to start the three-way dual by a score of 55-15 Thursday night at West Salem High School.
“We’re wrestling really well,” said Ebbs. “Over practice we train on thinking that West was going to compete with us a little bit and I think we outdid ourselves a lot and race that score up the board.
“Our coach was on us all this week, making sure that we’re wrestling the best we can and if we’re wrestling any less, then that’s not good enough.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald