By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Dallas’ Aston Brecht was in for a battle in the second round of the 285-pound class at the Perry Burlison Tournament at Cascade High School Saturday afternoon.
Brecht, coming off a 34-second pin of Yamhill-Carlton’s Sam Dixon, came out slow against Tigard’s Johnny Nomani with the match knotted up at 0-0 after the first period. Slowly however, the points came during a scrappy second round.
Both wrestlers scraped up escape points with Brecht and Nomani tied at two-apiece before Brecht pulled off a three-point play with the matches fifth escape point that he followed by a takedown to enter the third round up 5-2.
“I got going because my coach helped me out, getting the things that (Nomani) can’t defend and just capitalized on that,” said Brecht on building the lead entering the third set. “My speed, I feel like I could get outside better. He was slower than me so when he shot his shot, I immediately sprawled.”
The lead was pushed to 7-2 before Nomani too pulled off an escape-takedown combo himself to pull within two of his Dallas opposition. 7-5 was the closest the 6A grappler would get to the 5A heavyweight though in the match as Brecht got another point and got a late takedown to seal the 10-5 victory to set up a match-up with Mid-Willamette Conference opponent Rafael Ramos.
A distance match like that as good for Brecht, pinning Ramos before taking first-place in the heavyweight bracket on a 5-3 decision over Scappoose’s Cutter Sandstrom. Brecht and Sandstrom met at Freestyle State where Brechet defeated Sandstrom in that match as well.
But for Brecht, the Senior knows that a slow start as he had against Nomani can’t happen in his pursuit of a State Title this season.
“Its feels good, it’ll make me better at the end of the season to get me to win the State Championship,” said Brecht. “More conditioning on that (the start) and keep going all three rounds pretty good.”
Cooper Hise was second at 220 pounds and Jilian Tormis finished fifth at 195 pounds.
Kimmy Holgate took first-place in the 113-pound girls bracket Saturday. Anna Rose was fifth at 120-pounds.