By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.—Amity’s Blake Runion had never been in a final of a tournament before and surely the sophomore found a way to make it count once he got to it.
The result was what he wanted, but he wished it was sooner than he did.
The 113-pound match with Taft’s Jose Flores was knotted up at 4 and both wrestlers were working towards the Amity edge of the coach’s seats looking for that one move to break the gridlock on the board.
Just as their feet were entering the out of bounds territory, Runion leaned back with three seconds remaining to have the referee point up two fingers for the takedown as time expired for the 6-4 win over Flores for the tournament win in Amity’s first tournament of the young season.
“He was trying to get to the side of me for the takedown and I noticed the move that I could do, I went along with it and I threw him in,” said Runion on the move as he let out a cheer after the dramatic win.
“I’ve never won a tournament, I’ve never been in a finals match and it just felt great.”
After reaching the second round of the consolation round at 3A State last season at 106 pounds, Runion admits that the win is nice and all but there’s still work to be done moving forward.
“There’s a lot of ways I could improve,” said Runion. “For one, my stamina is not where it needs to be. I need to get more running, more practices. More techniques and keep going to more practices and more practices.”
The Warriors Russel Brown finished fourth in the 195 pound class at the Scio Holiday Wrestling Tournament as the Amity team of 10 finished tenth in a field of 14 with 48 team points.