By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.—It’s weird to imagine that this was the first-year that Riana Martin has ever wrestled.
After the first period in which she led 2-1 after scoring the first takedown of the match before Gervais’ Skyler Kemton got an escape point to get the 106-pound third-fourth place bout to within one point.
Martin showed her athleticism as she and Kemton circled around the mat, looking to see who would make the next move. Kemton would take the lead with a takedown 3-2 before Martin tied it at three with just a second left on the clock as the match entered the third round.
But fatigue set it for the former Logger Libero as Kemton built an 8-3 lead on the Senior Martin. Martin would get a two-point takedown to get her within reach, but she couldn’t cut the deficit any further as Martin finished fourth in the Scio Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
“Getting in better shape obviously. It definitely hurt me today because I was a little bit tired today, more tired than I would like to be at the end of it. But eventually when I get in shape, get more endurance, I’ll be able to go against these guys,” said Martin looking back on her performance. “Keep moving around the mat and keep my head up off the mat when I’m in the down position as well.”
Scio had seven athlete’s in the Finals Saturday with Kade Mask starting things off when he won the 126-pound class. Bryce West battled through numerous bleed stoppages to finish second at 132. Lance Vanhoose built a 5-1 lead on Philomath’s Hunter McCaskill as Vanhoose played smart with the lead in the third period for the 5-2 match and tournament win at 138.
“Holding him off is having a good strong ‘D’, working towards the middle not stalling. Just working my shots and my moves, hold him off and still try to be aggressive,” said Vanhoose.
Jacob Mask pinned Taft’s Jacob Mayrol with three seconds left in the second round in the 152-pound title bout, Mask would go on to get Outstanding Wrestler for weight 152 and above.
Adam Stratemeyer hung on for the 6-4 win at 160 as Stratemeyer went to his stomach and let the final 13 seconds of the match play out versus Taft’s Cody Knott.
Daniel Simmons found himself in a dogfight at 170 with the match tied at 6, Riddle’s Donoven Hargraves. Hargraves stuck first in the final period before Simmons answered to tie it at 8 after the trading of the takedowns.
Hargraves got the escape with 22 seconds left to lead 9-8, but Simmons’ last second scramble couldn’t yield points as Simmons dropped the tough match 9-8.
“I wasted time on my face, down in my referee position just trying to grab him and rolling instead of standing up. I gave him a couple of switches early on, I was playing catch-up the whole time which is hard to come back from that,” said Simmons. “First I’m going to go to practice and practice that and that’s going to help me a lot.
“This is all practice until District and State. Getting better here is going to help me in the long run.”
It’s just that as Week 2 of the season, a marathon-type race as athletes try to sharpen their skills for when it counts the most: The end of the season.
Josiah Nordstom won the 182-pound title match in 38 seconds with a pin. Hunter Zeiher (132) and Riley Zimmerman (195) both finished third in their respective weight classes Saturday afternoon.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald