By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Jacob Mask made a comment about how he was out of shape as he polished off a first-place finish in the Scio Holiday Tournament in the 160 pound bracket Saturday.
But as the Corban-commit and Logger Senior wrapped up his first tournament of the year, pinning Colton’s Nolan Earls by the three-minute mark of the match, to win the tournament on home mats was a good start for his Senior season.
“It actually felt pretty good as it’s my first tournament back, I didn’t get to hydrate (test) last week so I didn’t get to wrestle at Harrisburg so this is my first tournament. I’m a little rusty,” said Mask. “Staying in my stance more. I’m not in very good shape right now.”
Mask, who won 3A State last season at 138 pounds, is joined this year by Lance Vanhoose, Joesph Nelson, Gary McDaniel, Kade Mask, Levi Forson, Hunter Zeiher and Jake Trissel on a Logger program low in numbers entering the season.
Something that’s strange for Scio, but those there are making the most of it as they finished second to Yamhill-Carlton in team points with 161.5 points.
“We do have a low number of kids, but all of them are hammers,” said Mask. “Super tough. That’s going to be our advantage is that we’re super, duper tough. We have a couple of first years, but they’re good.”
Forson was fourth at 132, Hunter Zeiher was second at 138, Trissel was fourth at 152. Josiah Nordstrom won 182. McDaniel won 195 with Joesph Nelson was fourth in the bracket. Vanhoose won the 160 bracket in a scrappy, fast paced match against Sheridan’s Caylib Newman.
And as they enter the third week of the season with the holiday break around the corner, ‘The Hammers’ as Jacob Mask put it know they got work to do with the goal is to reach Portland come season’s end.
“It’s very good because I realize what I need to work on. It was good to get me three rounds to see what I can work on.” said Kade Mask after his Major Decision win over Ethan Tindall of Yamhill-Carlton for the 132 Title. “My bottom, I got that stalling call.”
Mask picked up a near-fall at the end of the match to build some momentum entering practice, something that’ll build some confidence for the Junior moving forward.