By Jeremy McDonald
JUNCTION CITY, Ore.– Cascade Freshman Mauro Michel was the first Cougar wrestler up for the Championship Round at the 106-pound class at Junction City High School Saturday afternoon.
Going up against an upperclassman, a Junior, in Junction city’s Cameron Truesdell the pressure was on the freshman to show what he had to offer.
Having picked up experience through the Cascade Mat Club and the hands-on experience so far this season at the High School level, Michel had to overcome a slow start. A slow start that had the Michel down 7-3 to Truesdell.
Slowly though, Michel began chipping away at the deficit. Takedown made it 7-5 before a three-point near-fall handed the Cascade underclassmen the 8-7 lead. Michel wasn’t done yet, he wheeled off six of the next seven points in the match to take the 106-pound title 14-8.
“I don’t know what to say right now,” said Michel. “Just keep training with my team. I know there’s things I could improve on. I did bad at the beginning, I need to improve on that.”
Michel received the Outstanding Wrestler award for the 106-145-pound range at the District Meet.
Right after his match concluded, Macoy Christman was up at 195. After cutting down to size at 220 last year to finish third at Districts and finishing second to teammate and 2018 Cascade-Graduate Louie Sanchez as a Junior, it was Christman’s moment to chase that District Title.
The cut down was hard on him last year, but as the slimmer Christman found that one small window to attack against Newport’s Jimmy Acevedo, Christman took full advantage of his last chance at a District Title. The Cougar wrestler would pin the Cubs ‘95er in 57 seconds to head to State with a District Title in hand.
“It’s awesome, it’s an awesome experience since last year I took third at Districts because the cut was hard. I was able to work back towards getting second at State, so I think it’s good luck for me to get first here and get the feel of being in the spotlight,” said Christman.
Now Christman’s sights are on the State Tournament that are happening at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland here in two weeks. The one thing he picked up from last year’s finals against Sanchez is just take risk and wrestle.
“I mean I take-home lessons from my match against him in the finals. Like take risk and don’t wait it out. Time goes by fast in the finals,” said Christman. “Just wrestle, because if you don’t you’ll regret it. Put everything on the mat, coach has always told us to do that and I didn’t do that, and I definitely regretted it.”
Kane Nixon made it three-for-three for District Championships with his pin at the 1:36 mark of the match over Elmira’s Ayden Wolgamott.
Noah Thompson had a nice comeback at the 145-pound District Final match against Sweet Home’s Robbie Yunke, rallying to make it 9-7 in the closing seconds of the match after being down 9-2 earlier in the match in his District Runner-Up performance.
Joseph Baxter finished third at 138, Ben Roth was fourth at 145 to qualify to State. Matthew Clark qualified to State at 220.
Ben Fouts won an overtime thriller in the wrestle-back to qualify for State at 285 with his fourth-place finish over Noah Estes of Philomath 12-10.
Daniel Moore (113), Gage Olson (126), Westin Nelson (152) and Blake Lewis (160) all finished fifth while Mason Roth (152) finished sixth in their respective weight classes.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald