By Jeremy McDonald
BEND, Ore.– It was good experience for Riley Davis entering State as a freshman going up against his teammate in Brock McMullen.
The Freshman entered the tournament as the second-seed, opposite from McMullen the number-one seed, leading his teammate 5-0 with 28 seconds left in the second period.
It was quiet, neither coaches corner said much in the 138-pound bout as McMullen cut the lead to 5-1 entering the third.
“My teammates are a big part of me going to State. We work hard everyday in the room, that’s what makes improve so much on the mat,” said Davis.
Sprague’s District Title-streak was in doubt as the Olympians led by 13.5 points prior to Davis’ 5-1 victory.
Mountain View’s Tyson Oliver too a brief 3-2 lead on Sprague’s Noah Worthington before Worthington answered, nearly pinning Oliver at the end of the first period. Worthington led 8-3 and led 16-4 after the second in one of the crucial Cougar-Olys match-ups in the District Finals as Worthington repeated by a 20-5 score.
“It’s pretty big, we’re trying to get another win at Districts. Mountain View is definitely coming in close though, they’re a tough team,” said Worthington.
The Cougs and Sprague met five times in the finals, the Cougars won three of them at 145, 170 and 195 pounds with two of the defeats coming by decision and one by the pin. The other Olympian win next with Worthington’s tech-fall at 120 pounds was at 126 with Colby Hemmert.
But in Hemmert’s match, the Senior had to dig deep to pull off the District Title win 7-3 with a late takedown in the third to seal the win.
“It definitely helped me work on my shots, throughout the year I wasn’t really good with shots,” said Hemmert. “It’ll help me work on them. I wasn’t getting very good shots and that’s how I won so many matches last year because I just take on people’s shots. I need to work on my shots.”
Sprague would take the Team Title once again, gathering 461.5 points to Mountain View’s 436 team points. The Olys placed as a team 22 athletes in the District Meet in Bend this weekend as they now prepare for State.
Of those 22, Brayden Boyd (106), Worthington (120), Hemmert (126), Josh Camillo (132), Davis (138), Brook Byers (160) and David Sherman (220) brought home District Titles.