By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Here are this week’s honoree’s from the Salem Sports And Breakfast Club that features the Senior Female Athlete of the Year for swimming and local Salem-wrestlers getting the nod following some great performances at State this past Weekend!
Senior Female Athlete of the Year for Swimming
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Girls Swimming, from West Salem, is Charis Duffus. Charis, a third-year swimmer for the Titans is a team captain. At State she swam lead-off in the 200 freestyle relay which finished 13th with a time of 1:43.69. Charis finished 14thindividually in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.69. Charis holds top ten times at West Salem in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles as well as the 100 flystroke. She was at West for only three years but is 12th in total team points all-time. She was the team most valuable swimmer last year. Charis is in the firefighting program at West and will be attending Arizona State University in the fall.
Athletes of the Week
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from Sprague wrestling, is Braydon Boyd. Braydon, a freshman, finished third at the State tournament at 106 pounds. In his first season as an Oly Braydon finished with a record of 39-10. He was a placer at the prestigious Reser’s Tournament of Champions and won the conference tournament. Braydon has also been voted Student of the Month by Sprague staff members.
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from Sprague wrestling, is Daniel McClung. Daniel, a senior wrestling at 145 pounds, finished in second place at the State tournament. For the season Daniel had 35 wins and 8 losses. He finishes his career as an Oly with 140 career wins. Daniel was a three-time conference champion, a four time state placer, and three time state finalist. A National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American, Daniel was voted a team captain and will be attending college in the fall.
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from Sprague wrestling, is Santos Cantu. Santos, a junior wrestling at 195 pounds, went into the State tournament as the #1 seed and proved once again that it was well deserved, winning the championship match on a 13-3 major decision. Santos finished the season with 38 wins and 2 losses. (I’d like to see the fellas behind those two losses!) Santos won his third consecutive conference championship and also won the Reno Tournament of Champions and won his third consecutive title at the Reser’s Tournament of Champions. A National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American and was a Pan-Am Games gold medalist.
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from North Salem wrestling, is Logan Basham. Logan is a sophomore who overcame a #5 seed to finish 2nd at the State tournament at 106 pounds. Logan came into the State tournament with an 18 win and 8 loss record. However half of those losses were to eventual state champions. A cool customer, after falling behind 5-2 to the #1 seed at 106 from Eagle Point. Keeping his head, Logan recovered to record the pin and move on to the finals. Logan was 2nd in the conference this season and last year finished 2ndin conference to eventual State champion Bo Joklur from Sprague. A big future for Logan Basham.
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from North Salem wrestling, is Antonio Garcia. Antonio was the #5 seed going into the State tournament at 220 pounds. He went on to win the State championship, prevailing in an “ultimate tiebreaker” 3-2. Antonio finished the season with 38 wins and 5 losses. Antonio finished 2nd at State in 2018, losing to Viking teammate Jorge Ochoa. He placed 2nd in the conference tournament and 8th place at the Reno Tournament of Champions.Antonio has been an important leader for the Vikings as a teammate who models hard work. He encourages teammates often while pushing through pain – he fractured his hand during the football season and competed the entire wrestling season with a torn tendon in his left pinky finger. Never using injuries as an excuse, Antonio was an inspiration.
The Les Schwab/Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Athlete of the Week, from McKay wrestling, is David Rubio. David finished as the runner up in the 160 pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament. His record for the year is an incredible 38-1. He won the Rick Herrin Holiday Classic, the Cottage Grove Tournament, the Sandy High School Tournament, and the Mountain Valley Conference championship. He is also a member of the state all-academic team. He will be attending Corban University this coming fall.
Senior Athletes of the Year – Ein Carlos and Landon Davis
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for wrestling is Landon Davis from Sprague. Landon finished his career at Sprague as the 160 lb. state champion. Landon went into state seeded 6th and beat one of Oregon’s best for the championship. He finish this season with a record of 25-5. Additionally, Landon finished 7th in the Reno Tournament of Champions, was a three time stat placer, and a two time conference champion. Landon is a National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American and was voted by his team as captain and as the hardest worker on the team. Landon will be attending Menlo College in California next year where he will wrestle and study business.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for wrestling is Ein Carlos from North Salem. Ein won his third state championship this past week. Competing at 170 pounds and the #1 seed going in, Ein proved he was seeded correctly with a technical fall in the finals on a score of 16-1. Ein was hurt a large part of the year which makes his finish so much more impressive. He finishes his Viking career with a record of 123 wins and 4 losses. He has been undefeated on the mat since his freshman year. He won the Reno Tournament of Champions – the firsts Salem-area wrestler to do so – and placed 5th in the nation as a sophomore and 3rd as a junior. Ein has committed to attend Oregon State University next year.