By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Reilley Dearth really brought it to Earth Saturday at the Scio Holiday Classic.
The Sheridan 220-pound grappler found himself down 8-0 late in the first round against Nestucca’s Issac Barnes of the 220-pound tournament championship.
Slowly but surely though, that weird saying about wrestling of ‘it’s not over until it’s over’ came around after Dearth went down eight to the 220-pounder in front of him.
By the end of the opening round, Dearth got on the board 8-2. He cut Barnes lead to 8-4 early in the second before catching the Bobcat, turning him for the pin and the tournament win. Letting out a noise of celebration of the comeback victory.
Wrestling comes down to just shear mental game and not giving up even you want to. That’s how Dearth approached it knowing the odds were against him.
“Can’t give up…That’s all it is, it’s mental. If you keep fighting and not giving up, I wanted to…it hurt, but just don’t give up,” said Dearth. “I’m so hyped. “This is the bottom, I can only go up from here. This is just the second meet of the year, of the season, there’s a lot of season left. It just takes that hardwork.”
Dearth’s Championship win came on the heels of pinning Scio’s William Simmons 2:31 into the match, leading the match at the time 5-3 after Simmons cut it to two leading into Dearth’s pin.
“It’s just that will to win,” said Dearth of his match against Simmons. “It’s a drive, I cannot give up. If I’m close to getting pinned I take that personally, and so keep fighting, keep going. It starts with practice, my teammates are doing it too.”
Derth’s teammate Caylib Newman too reached the semis against a tough opposition in the Loggers Lance Vanhoose.
Coming off a 55 second pin of Yamhill-Carlton’s Chase Couch, Newman found himself facing his second Scio wrestler of the match having already defeated Jake Trissell earlier in the day. But as tough as the day was staying in it mentally to this point, Vanhoose challenged Newman from the start.
Aggressive wrestling led into the second round as Vanhoose led 4-2. Newman had momentarily tied it at 2, using his smaller statue to weasel himself around Vanhoose’s length.
In the second round it wasn’t necessarily length that got Newman as speed and strength got Newman into tight pickles and near-falls that he fought out of.
“Seeing that definitely tells me that I need to work with our stronger guys so I can work that physical and be able to handle that kind of strength. Then I need to be able to get some smaller guys on the team so I can work on my speed,” said Newman.
Despite the result, Newman finished second at the 152-pound bracket Saturday. DeAndre Broxterman finished third at 195 and Michael Baker was fourth at 285 pounds in the tournament.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald